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Posted 4/27/15 , edited 4/27/15
Steam's paymods and the community backlash.




So, the backlash against Steam's push for the idea of paying for mods has been getting out of hand. Mod creators themselves — namely Isoku and Chesko (creators of Skyrim's Frostfal and Wet n' Cold). And while the discussion at the highest levels is civilized and coherent, the community's response is not.

I want to know if any of you are directly protesting or are affected by this issue. I don't believe this is "the death of modding" as some cry, but I do think it's an issue.
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Posted 4/27/15
As someone who's used mods for a long time now, I'm concerned about this issue. The "death of mods" cry is a bit of an overreaction, true- but I do worry about the effect this could have on the future of modding in general- when money starts to get involved in something that has always been free, things tends to sour. Already have, actually.
Here's a quote from the Nexus comments section that summed up my worries more eloquently than I could:

"The future of modding:

Some will create mods for the money, some will do it freely for the love of modding.

Coming soon:

Free mods will be like freeware apps are now, pale shadows of what paid software is. Pirating of mods will be a thing (it already is, in fact). Paid mods will be subject to DRM. Some games will block mods that aren't subjected to the same DRM the game itself is.

A bit farther out:

The only free mods will be for free games. No mods for DRM games will be free, at the very least players will be forced into a subscription model.

There will be no legal legitimate middle ground, except for paid games that do not utilize DRM. Those games will be in the extreme minority. "


Again, this may be overreacting, but still..... money corrupts. I will NEVER pay for a mod.
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Posted 4/27/15
I will glad pay for the mods, just not from the horrible game wrecking Steam workshop. They just don't have enough support for fixing mods problems that external problem like Mod Manager or Nexus Manager or BOSS had.
Posted 4/27/15 , edited 4/27/15
I don't really use the workshop, I just use Nexus and mostly for graphics mods like better static meshes and ENB presets. I don't have any faith in Valve to do the necessary curation and customer service, you can see the junk GreenLight turns out, and that Valve will happily sell. As a result I am just not going to pay for mods. 4 years in and my interest in Skyrim just isn't that great.

As for Mod DRM, Newell has said he is reluctant to force modders to use DRM and make mods Steam only.
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/04/27/gabe-newell-addresses-controversy-over-paid-steam-mods/
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Posted 4/27/15
I don't care. But if anything this should help improve things later. I'm just tired of hearing the steam community throwing a fit over this. Although the 75% thing is a bit messd up.
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Yep, confirmed

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

They killed it.

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Posted 4/28/15
Well, I'm glad that's over with. Now let's forget it ever happened.
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Posted 4/30/15
I'm actually sad it's killed. Sure, mods aren't always good. Some jackholes like to use the workshop to spread viruses. But it was a chance to give mod creators a bit of support to keep doing what they're doing. I was hoping it would last a few months at least, hopeful that it would not only be encouragement for the quality creators already there but also to encourage others to keep improving.

Too many of us were looking at the fact that things cost money and not considered the time and energy that goes in to creating mods let alone the mind boggling feat of getting software studios to release their iron grip on creative control enough to let moders play in their sandbox.
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Posted 5/12/15
the idea of paying for a MOD, after paying for your GAME, when most mods since they ever came out are always free, until they become a stand alone release
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