I’m a mod author and a fan of role playing games, especially AD&D by Gary Gygax and Call of Cthulhu. Computer games can’t capture the feeling of storytelling between friends, but games such as Ultima Underworld or Fallout (up to New Vegas) can retain some element of role playing choice; modding can also retain the element of creative contribution. I’ve modded several aspects of Skyrim and New Vegas and my experience in modding sums up to this: only mod what you play, treat your users with respect, and be mindful to whom you license your work. You can email me at spam at yandex.com replacing spam with my name.
It lies where it always has since mid-2010: in the instant gratification of addicted players, and the people that profit from them.
Respect for the courage you've shown to stand against them.
And if you're planning on ditching that sad community, welcome to the real, happy world.