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Real Name Michael Dias   
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Signed On Feb 21, 2010, 22:06
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News Comments > etc.
28. Re: etc. Apr 26, 2015, 12:05 ASeven
 
descender wrote on Apr 26, 2015, 11:58:
If Valve had put a donate button instead of a buy button I would be totally for it but the way this has been implemented is the worst way it could have been.

Why do people keep saying this? The modders CAN actually DO this but they are choosing not to.

Valve didn't put anything anywhere. They allowed the modders to reveal themselves for the greedy fucks that they are, and they jumped through that hoop feet first.

Yes, I agree, many modders have shown their true colors and you are correct that the burden on making a mod paid or not falls solely on the modders but god damn, the system implementation could have been a lot better. That's why I think this will be very bad because, as you've mentioned, modders can be greedy fucks and if enough of them become greedy fucks then the rest may be left with no other choice than to sell their mods as well.
 
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News Comments > etc.
26. Re: etc. Apr 26, 2015, 11:53 ASeven
 
Also, it appears Steam is under a very heavy DDoS right now, for at least one hour straight at least.  
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News Comments > etc.
25. Re: etc. Apr 26, 2015, 11:51 ASeven
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 26, 2015, 11:16:
ASeven wrote on Apr 26, 2015, 10:49:
Aero wrote on Apr 26, 2015, 10:29:
I find lots of the uproar disappointing. Valve could be handling it better, but mostly what I hear (more elsewhere than here) is moaning from people who seem to feel entitled to other's peoples work.

This argument would be valid if mods hadn't been free these whole years and if the whole mod culture hadn't been founded in making mods for fun and NOT for profit.

I swear, most of the people who throw this stupid entitled argument are more often than not not modders. Not to mention each time someone uses the entitled word against consumers, they prove to be nothing more than idiotic mouthpieces of corporations that don't care for them. Useful idiots to sum them up.

But it's not because it's just not consumers but people in general, particularly the younger generations that feel self-entitled to everything under the sun. It's as if they should through life without ever being insulted or upset by anything.

And as it applies to consumerism it's no different. People deserve to paid for their work. That's a basic social tenet - time + labour = reward - unless they choose to volunteer it. Now, whether their work is considered to be actually worth anything at all is an entirely different matter. That's why the vast majority of people who think they're going to make a small fortune selling shit that would have otherwise been free are in for a rude awakening. It's why they have a donate button on Nexus, and why most people will choose that option on Steam.

It'll take a while to shake itself out and come back to equilibrium but it will. So relax and have a drink or something. No one is forcing anyone to do anything.

I wish I could share your optimism on this situation, I really do, but I think we both know full well that when you offer the promise of riches, or easy money, to a whole lot of people, in this case modders, in the long run everyone will be charging for their own mods. It's economical sense to do so in fact, why make a mod for free when you can charge for it and have people buy it, no matter how shitty it is? It's the factor of human greed I fear will destroy the modding scene and that's what's upsetting me a lot. I'm in my forties and have seen this scenario happen time and again so I know that once you introduce money into a system that sustained itself well without financial backing things change, drastically, for the worse, always.

In the long run it's economically illogical not to charge for mods and it's that scenario that worries me. If Valve had put a donate button instead of a buy button I would be totally for it but the way this has been implemented is the worst way it could have been.

Remember, people said that Greenlight and Early Access would also sort itself out and increase quality of the games that would be submitted to it and we know today that that isn't the truth. This is the same system, only with mods. It won't increase the quality of the mods, instead, much like Greenlight, it will open the door to a deluge of shitty mods, all trying to make a quick buck.

I just can't see this getting any better or coming back to an equilibrium, not unless there's a massive pushback.
 
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News Comments > etc.
23. Re: etc. Apr 26, 2015, 10:50 ASeven
 
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 26, 2015, 10:46:
Question: When I see a price for a mod. What that determined by the author and their choice? Or did Steam/Bethesda simple strong armed and said this mod now costs X? Thanks.

Their choice, but remember, 75% of the income goes to Valve and the publisher, they only see 25%, forcing them to jack up the prices even further.
 
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22. Re: etc. Apr 26, 2015, 10:49 ASeven
 
Aero wrote on Apr 26, 2015, 10:29:
I find lots of the uproar disappointing. Valve could be handling it better, but mostly what I hear (more elsewhere than here) is moaning from people who seem to feel entitled to other's peoples work.

This argument would be valid if mods hadn't been free these whole years and if the whole mod culture hadn't been founded in making mods for fun and NOT for profit.

I swear, most of the people who throw this stupid entitled argument are more often than not not modders. Not to mention each time someone uses the entitled word against consumers, they prove to be nothing more than idiotic mouthpieces of corporations that don't care for them. Useful idiots to sum them up.
 
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19. Re: etc. Apr 26, 2015, 05:48 ASeven
 
http://i.imgur.com/cL2NIUy.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/j6DKPUP.jpg

Also, from the mouth of Gabe:

Let's assume for a second that we are stupidly greedy. So far the paid mods have generated $10K total. That's like 1% of the cost of the incremental email the program has generated for Valve employees (yes, I mean pissing off the Internet costs you a million bucks in just a couple of days). That's not stupidly greedy, that's stupidly stupid.

You need a more robust Valve-is-evil hypothesis.


Sometimes I think PC gamers are the biggest idiots in the world. $10K already in bought mods, holy shit. PC gamers happily buying the death of what makes PC gaming great, one paid mod at a time.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Apr 25, 2015, 13:44 ASeven
 
What a fucking clusterfuck this has been. This will not end well, for nobody. Valve is helping destroy what made PC gaming great though I'm glad most good modders have pushed back against it.  
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News Comments > Skyrim Free Weekend
61. Re: Skyrim Free Weekend Apr 25, 2015, 09:41 ASeven
 
Johan, lead designer at Paradox who stated that he personally seems to support this idea, talks about how this may become a nightmare for game developers:

I personally dont see how paid mods could work for our PDS games that are constantly updated.

Keeping large mods up to date after a major patch is ALOT of work, and if people have paid for them, they have much higher demands.

It would also force us to take modsupport into far bigger account, potentially making worse experiences for the users, as we may be forced to not do what we feel is the best design because it breaks some mod.

I mean, I've met @gigau and @myzael they are great people and their mod is really good. However, I don't even consider the impact for them to update M&T when we change or add features in EU4, because my job is to make the best game possible, not a technology-platform.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Free Weekend
60. Re: Skyrim Free Weekend Apr 25, 2015, 09:16 ASeven
 
During this time Valve has:
-Removed donation links of workshop mods
-Removed the option to downvote a mod
-Removed the ability to browse a forum's mod if you haven't purchased it
-Banned anyone with a slight negative comment against paid mods and deleted any and all comments on the matter

This is some serious anti-consumer shit going on. If this was EA or Ubisoft everyone would be up at arms against them.
 
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News Comments > Steam Launches Paid Mod Support
112. Re: Steam Launches Paid Mod Support Apr 24, 2015, 08:03 ASeven
 
And now it appears Valve is deleting donation links in the description of free mods. This clusterfuck is very, very bad for PC gaming as a whole.  
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News Comments > Steam Launches Paid Mod Support
14. Re: Steam Launches Paid Mod Support Apr 23, 2015, 14:05 ASeven
 
Verno wrote on Apr 23, 2015, 14:01:
A lot of people mod for attention/cred so there will always be a free alternative, I can't get worked up over this. Some mods I wouldn't mind paying for anyway (SkyUI for example). Modding has become a bit of a lost art in the industry overall thanks to DLC so whatever encourages more of the practice in my book.

True. Perhaps I'm way too cynical since when money gets into the equation, and considering this is the gaming industry we're talking about, I can't help but think everyone will become a greedy cunt. I hope this will really help everyone, modders and gamers, but I'm too cynical at this point not to think this will fuck things up badly in the future. Hope it won't, though.
 
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News Comments > Steam Launches Paid Mod Support
5. Re: Steam Launches Paid Mod Support Apr 23, 2015, 13:47 ASeven
 
verybad1 wrote on Apr 23, 2015, 13:44:
ASeven wrote on Apr 23, 2015, 13:42:
IMO this is the worst thing that could happen. I agree that modders should be rewarded but that should be in the form of donations. This will open the door for everyone, good and bad modders, to charge for mods and we'll have no way to know which ones are better.

With this move Steam has thrown PC gaming a lot of steps back. Modders should be rewarded but not this way, this is the wrong way about it.


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With over 24,000 free mods available for Skyrim in the Steam Workshop, there will always be lots to do and explore for free. Now you can also find mods with a specified price, or mods where you can choose how much you wish to support the creators. The price is up to the mod creators

Good luck having a single day trying to find if a mod is for you.

Instead of the buy button, they should replace it with a donate button, that way I don't think anybody would have anything against.

Hell, even EA didn't go this far. Holy fuck.
 
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News Comments > Steam Launches Paid Mod Support
2. Re: Steam Launches Paid Mod Support Apr 23, 2015, 13:42 ASeven
 
IMO this is the worst thing that could happen. I agree that modders should be rewarded but that should be in the form of donations. This will open the door for everyone, good and bad modders, to charge for mods and we'll have no way to know which ones are better.

With this move Steam has thrown PC gaming a lot of steps back. Modders should be rewarded but not this way, this is the wrong way about it.
 
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News Comments > Cities: Skylines Sells 1M
18. Re: Cities: Skylines Sells 1M Apr 15, 2015, 08:23 ASeven
 
My GOTY so far, already far better than SC4 was at launch (Let's not even talk about the latest SC). This is the game that finally made me migrate from SC4 and it will only get better from here.  
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 144Hz Netcode Update Coming
13. Re: Battlefield 4 144Hz Netcode Update Coming Apr 7, 2015, 13:41 ASeven
 
So, is this game out of the beta yet, after 3 years?  
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News Comments > Cities: Skylines Patch
9. Re: Cities: Skylines Patch Apr 7, 2015, 13:38 ASeven
 
Best game since SimCity 4, surpassing it in fact if we compare SC4 at launch and CS at launch. And with the base they built with this game they are now able to expand it in any way possible, not counting the brilliant mods out there like the SimCopter mod for instance.

Between this and Pillars, I think I have my GotY already.

Also, this.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Released
15. Re: Pillars of Eternity Released Mar 26, 2015, 14:24 ASeven
 
It's fucking glorious. Beats Wasteland 2 for my favorite RPG of the year, or past year even.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
5. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 26, 2015, 09:46 ASeven
 
More reviews in.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
3. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 26, 2015, 09:31 ASeven
 
First Pillars reviews are in and it appears the game is nothing short of amazing. Seems we have a true classic in our hands.

Glad I backed this up, bye bye social life.

 
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News Comments > Battlefield Hardline DRM Complaints
54. Re: Battlefield Hardline DRM Complaints Mar 25, 2015, 17:23 ASeven
 
Just FYI, the same people that developed SecuROM are the ones behind the company that develops Denuvo, hence why it is one of the most hated DRMs right now, it inherits all the badness of SecuROM and adds even more on top of it.  
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