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28 April 2015 @ 08:25 am
Modding the Developers  
So, I hear Valve and Bethseda are stopping the paid mod service they wanted to put up after everyone and their dog complained. Okay. Whatever. But then someone on tumblr linked to this "great justice done" and a release statement made by Bethseda on their blog and I found something I find tremendously interesting.

To quote:

Only 8% of the Skyrim audience has ever used a mod. Less than 1% has ever made one./

Eight percent. Eight bloody percent uses mods and when it came that they might have to pay for a certain mod after they tried it on one single website where you can get mods, they flipped the fuck out.

This all puts a sour taste in my mouth. Yes, I don't think you should have to pay for mods all the time. They are not official content from Bethseda. But modders who get no money for the unofficial patches, for Immersive Armors, for Frostfall, they deserve nothing? Oh, but the response to that is "Well, Valve/Bethseda were taking most of the money!" Well, yes. Bethseda created the entire game. Valve hosts it on their money-squeezing website. If you made a piece of artwork and someone took a small fraction of it to sell as buttons and you weren't going to get anything, wouldn't you demand some compensation since you created it?

I don't know. This entire thing just soured me. It just felt like a bunch of children who think gaming companies exist because they want to genuinely entertain you as opposed to make money (like companies like to do???) and when they ask for more money, they are greedy, manipulative, sell-out, sexist whores like EA - the WORRRRST COMPANY IN THE WORLDDDDD - who they will NEVER SUPPORT EVER EVER AGAIN!

Like crimony. It makes me embarrassed to be a gamer sometimes.
Nyxalinthnyxalinth on April 28th, 2015 09:27 pm (UTC)
I hadn't known that statistic. seems awfully low, considering that modders have to fix every game Bethesda releases :D

I love the games, but they're buggy messes.

Also, those paid mods, the rights went permanently to Bethesda and Valve, and were no longer the modder's. I think that's another reason why many are so against it.

I'm happy to agree to disagree on this whole subject, though I see your point.
Nyxalinthnyxalinth on April 28th, 2015 09:30 pm (UTC)
Also, I think some of the concern too was yes, many if not all mods were available on Nexus, though would you really want to pay for something that was free the day before and now suddenly costs money and the only way to get it is to pay because they took it off Nexus?

Meh. I'm at work, too busy to quibble further. I agree to disagree.
(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*: ・゚✧: Princess Mononokebluecherrybomb on April 29th, 2015 01:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was more annoyed this morning at this now I really don't care. People will have different opinions on the matter which is fine.
Nyxalinthnyxalinth on April 29th, 2015 01:44 am (UTC)
I've had moments like that. Me, I'm not too good at the Ayn Rand yay capitalism thing. Heh.
(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*: ・゚✧: Princess Mononokebluecherrybomb on April 29th, 2015 02:42 am (UTC)
Ayn Rand?
Nyxalinthnyxalinth on April 29th, 2015 02:49 am (UTC)
Big time capitalist and author back in the 1920s. Wrote Atlas Shrugged and the Fountainhead. Lots of heavily pro-capitalism characters and such. If you ever played Bioshock, her work heavily influenced the setting.
(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*: ・゚✧: Princess Mononokebluecherrybomb on April 29th, 2015 02:50 am (UTC)
hahahaha ohhh. Shows how educated I am.