Time4Tea: Modding means investing your free time without being rewarded for it.
Also, are the modders being paid for that content? Because, if not, in what way is GOG 'supporting' those modders?
It always meant that. I modded 15 of my 33 years on this planet, I know what I am saying.
With the advent of Patreon
, some modders actually managed to construct a business around their modding efforts, a business that is at best in a legal grey area and mostly ignored by the publishers for now
, as long as it is not bad for business or competing with anything (like selling Skins). Note that most of the successful Patreon
-mods are for rather old games (like Empire at War
) or niche games like (semi-)realiistic military sims. GoG does not need to compensate the developers of DeusEx NewVision or the Daggerfall Unity in any way, neither legally nor morally
. If GoG would do that, they would hurt the modders, a lot by the way. Why? Because these modders would now profit from an intellectual property they do not own.
Honestly, I remember how happy I was when PC Gaming Mags reported on my mods back in the day (mostly Freespace 2 and Warcraft 3), linked to Download pages and similar things. We had one or two requests back in the day when magazine people asked if they could put our installer on their DVDs and we declined every time, because we would have gotten some ugly mail from a lawyer very very fast.
Nowadays, if a store like GoG would agree to distribute my mod with the blessing of the publisher, my brain would probably explode. The fact that Bethesda is okay with "officially" releasing mod-projects based on their games and thus raising awareness is great, it is a win-win-win situation:
- good for the modders, because their work gets more exposure!
- good for the players, because they are made aware of some cool new content for their favorite game, available in a very convenient format
- good for the company, because it strengthens the brand and might generate sales (e.g. for the sequel)
The general negativity in this thread is depressing and not at all warranted. Not everything on this store is absolutely perfect, sometimes things do not work out the way that they were planned (Ancestors Legacy
, Quake Remastered
, ...), sometimes patches are late (or way too late, in Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
's case), not everything is as DRM-free as one would hope but from reading through this thread, one gets the impression that GoG is a literal hell-in-the-internet, out to get you. GoG is a wonderful store. It can improve of course but it is in a much better place than many alternatives and I will happily continue to support it.
The trolling in this thread, because what else are many of the messages in here, needs to stop. People are looking for things to hate and post about and I honestly fail to see how these people even have the time for that. Is there nothing more in life, like spending time on the storefront that is apparently so much better than GoG? Or playing some cool video game, the common thing we are all here for?
Composing this message has taken me 15 minutes of my life and I am doing it because I am fed up with all the shit-posting in this thread.
Be constructive instead of de-railing when you got something to say.