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You make some very good points on it and I agree with them, it's such a grey area at the moment. The PC community (at least some of the subreddits) absolutely praise Gabe as god of the internet but as soon as Steam started this paid mods scheme there was an insanely quick backlash. I think the biggest problem is the creator only getting one quarter of any money that comes in, I think even 50/50 would be a much more appealing level. Everyone is screaming that they don't want companies like Valve involved in money going to mods, they all want a 'Donate' button so 100% goes to the developer but your point was spot on, whilst someone might be generous the majority won't be and it won't be enough to have any meaningful impact in the mod development.
But there's also the issues like you said of scammers, people making poor quality mods for a quick buck, if there is a team of 15 modders who gets what percentage? 'This guy only made half a map and ditched it why do we have to give him anything?!' - it'll create internal issues. I honestly only think it'll work if a) the modder(s) get a bigger piece of the pie, and b) the mods are very cheap.. in which case they'll need to sell bucket loads to get a decent cash flow rolling. People don't want to pay for games, people REALLY don't want to pay for mods because they're viewed as 'free' and always have been.
I think the previous model of 'getting lucky' by getting green lighted, or picked up by someone is going to have to be retrained if mods want financial success. There's no real scenario where I can see it being accepted well, nothing beats free and free is embedded into the modding community.
Haven't heard of this before but looks sick.
On the download.
It's a shame Battlefield 3 wasn't made mod-friendly. The Frostbite 2 engine is gorgeous and given the large volume of quality mods in their previous titles, especially 1942 - could of been some magical stuff.
Excellent going to try this out tonight with some mates!
Yep in the process of adding more info/images to the page :) Thanks.
Plenty of potential here! :)
Sweet. It says it's available and read but when I try load it it just opens up Steam..hrmm.
Damn this game is addictive.
Looks fantastic :)
This looks fanstastic.
Looks stellar. Great work.
So many game studios are using this engine to power their upcoming titles and I don't blame them - it's brilliant.
Unreal Tournament 3, Gears of War, Bioshock - this engine is a monster.
Good luck to all people entering, we are keen to see what you come up with! :)
If you have any questions on the competition contact myself or INtense!
rs4cal, Initially when we first came up with the idea for the competition we were going to make it a skinning competition only. However we wanted to be able to give modders as-much freedom as possible and flexibility to showing off their creations so we thought that minor changes to the model itself wouldn't be a bad thing.
Remember just because a car has a new shiney spoiler or something does not mean it will win, the skin matters just as much!