Steam Paid Mods ARE Back!

Discussion in 'Game Talk' started by Stone Star, Mar 16, 2016.


Are paid mods a good idea?

  1. Yes

    11 vote(s)
  2. No

    9 vote(s)
  3. Undecided

    3 vote(s)
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  1. GSSGaming

    GSSGaming Well-Known Member

    Hello Razer insider! So today I found out that Valve is adding in payed mods. Most of us know of the disaster that payed Skyrim mods caused despite Valve's best intent.

    They are back and are now in the Dota 2 workshop. However, there is a catch this time. Valve selects which mods get to be payed and will manage the mods to avoid paying to win and other stuff that goes against what they are trying to accomplish. Which while we are on the subject what does Valve hope to achieve with payed mods?

    Well first off mods can take a long time to make. Some mods are massive and add extra content and story to existing games. A good example of a mod of sorts is Black Mesa. Black Mesa is a fan remastering of the original half life that released in 1998. This can be bought off of the Steam store which makes this not a mod but a full game. However, if someone will remaster an entire game then if payed I believe mods can become massive.

    In the current state the only game to have payed mods is Dota 2. Which as stated above is being managed by Valve. If I understand right it will cost 1 dollar for a month long pass to the mods. After one month you can purchase another pass.

    I suggest checking out Valve News Network's video on this as they did a far better job than I.
    Check it out here.

    So what do you guys think about payed mods? Do you think they are a good idea?

    Please talk about it because there are mixed opinions. Thanks!
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  2. gaykob7

    gaykob7 Well-Known Member

    I agree, paying for some mods might be a fair deal, as they tend to be very well made, and the people behind definitely deserve something in return
    Also we might see even better mods in the future, as it could be a motivation for programmers to really put some effort in their work
  3. GSSGaming

    GSSGaming Well-Known Member

    These are my thoughts as well. I totally think that we could see massive mods if the devs get a return for their investment!
  4. GenTheIdiot

    GenTheIdiot Active Member

    Poll needs another option, for undecided. Yes, they're a good thing for the developers, but no, they're a bad thing for the consumers (us). We don't want to pay for something that's always been free, or something that could be free in theory. It's like paying to subscribe to someone on YouTube (which exists for some reason). Why would we want to pay to subscribe, when we've always, always been able to do so for free? However, the paid mods do some good too: They help out the devs. Developers pretty much always deserve credit and/or money for their hard work, and this helps them, and encourages them to make more things.

    Poll needs an "undecided" category, because there are pros and cons to this debacle.
  5. GSSGaming

    GSSGaming Well-Known Member

    The only people who have payed subscriptions that are worth it are companies that put their TV shows on YouTube.
  6. GenTheIdiot

    GenTheIdiot Active Member

    That's actually not true, there are a few independent channels which have a pay-to-sub option. I can't remember the names, but one I think is a beauty guru, and one is a musician. I don't remember for sure, but I know for a fact that it's not just TV shows.

    *EDIT* I missed 3 words, "are", "worth", and "it". My point about them still stands though, and I'm not deleting this post.
  7. GSSGaming

    GSSGaming Well-Known Member

    That edit tho.
  8. GenTheIdiot

    GenTheIdiot Active Member

    Formatting is love, but I can't seem to make it my life.
  9. GSSGaming

    GSSGaming Well-Known Member

    You just don't love it enough!
  10. GenTheIdiot

    GenTheIdiot Active Member

    Love is love, life is life.
    I can't be bothered to rhyme anything, so I'll just kill myself, bye.

    You can follow me on soundcloud for more insane bars like that one.
  11. AAcat

    AAcat Member

    Sooooo it's like csgo...

    Sent from my bungalow on smackaflock ;)
  12. Destrok

    Destrok Well-Known Member

    This video seems to do a good job of outlining the whole situation. I think this is a positive step for Valve.

  13. ImGummeh

    ImGummeh Active Member

    *Op adds "undecided" option* *Still doesnt vote for undecided* :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
  14. Burgz

    Burgz Well-Known Member


    Better be worth the money though. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye_:
  15. GSSGaming

    GSSGaming Well-Known Member

    CS:GO has you pay 5$ for a operation and a lot of people payed that. And if you mean that payed mods are like CS:GO skins then get outa here.
  16. GenTheIdiot

    GenTheIdiot Active Member

    Haha, didn't see it. I'll go add my vote now. Thanks for the notification!
  17. markieg

    markieg Active Member

    In valve I trust. They will make it fair and support better mods and more games with mod support which is better for gamers
  18. ironcrow

    ironcrow Active Member

    As a developer who has to make money to eat, I think paid mods are a great idea. Some modders are extremely talented and deserve compensation for their time. But we've had it good for a long time with free access - and it's going to be hard to shell out... but that doesn't make it wrong.

    This could either improve the quality of mods in general as developers compete for our dollars, or potentially starve out the little guy who doesn't have the advertising budget (like the iOS store). Maybe I'm thinking too big though.
  19. I agree with this however, I think that one of the buggest parts of PC Gaming is the ability to mod games and making money from other peoples content, IE 3rd party addons could potentially be a bit on the riskay side of the law if the devs dont agree with it. Really it should be up to the game devs and not valve.
  20. GSSGaming

    GSSGaming Well-Known Member

    Valve should decide which mods to have on their platform. The devs need to decide if they allow mods.
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