CreamyBlood, you amaze me. Now that your bs-switch is in the off position you actually have good points
I thought there were some coherent thoughts in your earlier posts but they were buried in so much flamy bs you were just irritating me (maybe it's that cheap american beer you mention somewhere else)
Now you've pleasantly surprised me by showing you have more than 3 braincells (who knows, there might be hope for humanity afterall) Moreover, I totally agree with you.
But I would like to add that gaming engines have been licenced since at least the original doom (hexen, anyone?) The hot engines just aren't freeware, they cost you about $ 1,000,000 plus royalties which I guess is fair if you've spend 4 years developing the damned thing.
I can see some future modularization in 3d models though. Filmstudios don't usually build cars for movies, they rent or buy them. I can see this happening in future games. It would give the gamestudio more time to do the creative stuff, doing set design and designing the mood of their world instead of that chair in the corner. But I guess this is also already happening to some degree.
I too can't wait for global userprefs, sounds great.