There’s nothing remarkable about this mod, although it is good fun and well produced, but the interesting things is that it is 7 years old. In gaming, that’s a loooong time.
What happened was that one of my fellow presenters, Patrick, AKA FoxHoleBoy, said that he had never heard of the mod and was pleasantly surprised (neither had William, but for this example, he’s not important – sorry Billy!). He is in his late teens and when you come to think of it, the chances of him playing Half-Life 1 when he was 9 or 10 are pretty slim.
It was at this point I realized that PlanetPhillip.Com was doing more than allowing players to have easy access to the latest single player mods, it is actually introducing those players to mods that they have never heard of. I now feel as though I am providing some form of social benefit – like Meals on Wheels but mods for young players!
This has changed the way I think about the archives.
All the mods are easy to find because I have worked hard to offer plenty of browse and search options, but nothing beats being posted on the frontpage. I had some plans about updating the older maps and mods and I was worried how I would get readers to play and review them. I considered posting them on the frontpage, but that would screw up my archives and Mod Of The Year Awards. But after yesterday’s revelation, I’ve decided I will do exactly that: post them on the frontpage when I update them.
I’ll need to then put the date back to the original publication date, so the mods stay within the correct archive, but at least they will get more coverage, reviews and recommendation images.
I used “The 7 Year Cycle” as the title because Minimicus is 7 years old but also because of the widely held belief that “There are 7 year cycles, which form the basis of experience in every person’s life at particular ages….
Does this mean that every 7 years I should repost mods? Or do I need to leave it longer? Are new players interested in the older games? How long until Half-Life 1 is considered too old and blocky for new players?
Is the average age of a Half-Life 1 player going up every year, or is the average kept down by new, younger players?
Time for a survey:
Before anybody makes the comment, the first day of the year listed to the last day of the year IS 7 years! I didn’t want the years to overlap.
One last point. Do you think the release of Black Mesa Source“>Black Mesa Source will stop new players from trying Half-Life 1? I mean, the thinking goes: Why play an outdated graphics version, when you can play the pretty one?