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I did not particularly object to the concept of paid mods. The Grey Wolves Mega-mod for Silent Hunter III required a one dollar donation fee to the devs in order to get the download link (though admittedly that was a bargain of the century compared to some of the stuff we saw on the Workshop for the amount of stuff it added) and the Microsoft Flight Sim series has had paid planes developed by third-party developers, which is a practice continued with Digital Combat Simulator.

 

The issue was that Valve adopted a "Sink or Swim" approach when putting this out there. If there was a spiral testing approach and a slow roll out of the system as was done for Team Fortress 2, then hardly anyone would have raised a stink, and the problems (which are still many) associated with this system would have been worked out early and rather painlessly as they came rather than everyone having to deal with them all it once.

 

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but stepping into an established, years old modding community in Skyrim was probably not the right place to start iterating.

Pretty much means they will do it again with game that doesn't have "a years old modding community".

 

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^ Kind of what it sounds like to me, too. But who knows.

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I still think in principle the ability to sell mods isn't a bad idea.

 

The idea is not bad, but the implementation and execution was goddamn terrible. But I think like many others, for mods, much better solution would be donation based workshop.


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I am a big fan of the idea of tools and resources evolving to become easier to use and less expensive to access. A triple "A" game's resources including a ready set of functioning mechanics that don't have to be made from scratch is a big resource for developers.

 

A donation button is nice. But I think entirely unreliable for someone to get into full time and maybe invest into the quality and scope.

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And the first "news articles" about how entitled gamers ruined something else are popping up. I wonder if games journalism will ever have news instead of clickbait-via-offending ever again.

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Bottom line is the greed bothers me. 75%. That, and the profit motivation is going to stifle innovation and creativity not promote it. On the other hand if it means that they are going to release dev tools on any major titile in the hopes of being able to collect forever from the efforts of a potential modding comunity - Dev tools are a nice thing.

 

In a perfect world they would just make the game and however many offical DLCs then open up the game for modding by hack or accident or intentionally and then GO AWAY FOREVER.

 

Those days are probably gone though. 

 

https://steamcommunity.com/games/SteamWorkshop/announcements/detail/208632365253244218

 

Why is this 'Alden' felllow calling it 'our own game's community'. Is he from Bethesda ? Pretty sure not. Valve/STEAM doesn't have developer creds anymore, they are just a middleman. 

stop pretending you are one of the cool kids. You just work at the cash register. 


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Great, developers won't even have to develop their own DLC - they'll get paid from the modders efforts! Win!


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But in a way it's like saying Epic will not have to make their own games other devs will make it for them. It's the 75% fee that sounds like a ripoff.

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I have a problem with Steam doing it regardless of the breakdown of numbers, because even if implemented competently, too much of the industry is already concentrated in the hands of one entity and this would just lock us in even more tightly. I'd be a lot more open to the Nexus implementing such a system, even if the agreement they sign with Bethesda was no different.

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Great, developers won't even have to develop their own DLC - they'll get paid from the modders efforts! Win!

Well, it's worked well for Valve but with games proper :p

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Fallout 4 would be the logical choice, no doubt...but perhaps Bethesda will not wish to stick its hands in this controversy again. We'll see, I suppose.

 

Yeah, that sounds about right. Customers won the battle but the war still rages on.


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I'm a bit annoyed that they caved so quickly. I'm not entirely done being angry.

Feed your anger on the potential. Be mad at what could have been and how they could do it in the first place.


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I'm a bit annoyed that they caved so quickly. I'm not entirely done being angry.

Feed your anger on the potential. Be mad at what could have been and how they could do it in the first place.

 

 

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"I dream things that never were and say why not?"
- George Bernard Shaw

"Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man."
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"The amount of energy necessary to refute bull**** is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it."

- Some guy 

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Does this mean if enough people fight for it....incline will happen?

 

And still going to cuckchan, pfft.


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I just pasted the links from somewhere else, i swear! :(


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"I dream things that never were and say why not?"
- George Bernard Shaw

"Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

 

"The amount of energy necessary to refute bull**** is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it."

- Some guy 

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The world would be better if everything was for free.

 

COMMUNIST!!!111


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1) God of War III - PS3 - 24+ hours

2) Final Fantasy XIII - PS3 - 130+ hours

3) White Knight Chronicles International Edition - PS3 - 525+ hours

4) Hyperdimension Neptunia - PS3 - 80+ hours

5) Final Fantasy XIII-2 - PS3 - 200+ hours

6) Tales of Xillia - PS3 - 135+ hours

7) Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 - PS3 - 152+ hours

8.) Grand Turismo 6 - PS3 - 81+ hours (including Senna Master DLC)

9) Demon's Souls - PS3 - 197+ hours

10) Tales of Graces f - PS3 - 337+ hours

11) Star Ocean: The Last Hope International - PS3 - 750+ hours

12) Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - PS3 - 127+ hours

13) Soulcalibur V - PS3 - 73+ hours

14) Gran Turismo 5 - PS3 - 600+ hours

15) Tales of Xillia 2 - PS3 - 302+ hours

16) Mortal Kombat XL - PS4 - 95+ hours

17) Project CARS Game of the Year Edition - PS4 - 120+ hours

18) Dark Souls - PS3 - 197+ hours

19) Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory - PS3 - 238+ hours

 

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The world would be better if everything was for free.

 

COMMUNIST!!!111

 

Well.......with software piracy allows distribution of something to anyone for free, so piracy = communism.

 

Makes sense when you see how bunched corporations get their panties over it.


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And then we'll find a way to monetise the anger. Because we strongly believe that angry people should be rewarded for the effort they put into getting pissed at stuff. We want to encourage angry people to work full time on their pet peeves, so more quality rants are produced. We believe this will result in more butthurt for for everyone, fostering competition to produce top-notch foaming at the mouth. We want minor annoyances to lead to bloodshot eyed-frenzies, and we want it to happen organically for any mildly irritated person who wants to take a shot at suffering a stroke.

So....the Daily Mail ?


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