Tear This Wall Down!

Bethesda and Steam have rolled back their pay wall in response to the outrage among Skyrim’s fans about paid mods. For once, in this cruel world of injustice and corporate greed, the good guys win. The masses of the video games community have risen up and made Steam and Bethesda withdraw their absurd idea.

Not only has the Elder Scrolls been protected, but other games as well, since they were planning to introduce paid mods in other areas too. They will try again in the future, they will try to sneak it in by subversion, because that’s the nature of these forces, but for now, the Elder Scrolls modding scene is free from money interests. Stay vigilant!

Remember this, people: This was democracy and people power in practice! If we all rise up and outrage about injustice in the world, they can’t stop us. Not the governments, not the corporations or banks or anyone else. They can’t stop us! They are few, we are many. We Are Legion!

The Sellouts

When I started modding the Elder Scrolls ten years ago, and just up until now, no one would ever have thought about asking any money for their mods. That’s the thing I signed up for – free for all, sharing and helping out. The never take more than you give back sort of thing. That is actually what we all signed up for and agreed upon when we started modding; that this is free, you don’t get paid and you don’t ask any money for it.

Now, all of a sudden, some of them say that they work so hard and deserve their pay for all that hard work. No. You don’t deserve any pay for modding, because you already signed onto the idea that you’re doing it for FREE, Like the rest of us. No matter how hard you work on your mods. Bethesda and Valve can’t change that idea either. We’ve already made an agreement within the community that this is free and always will be. Nothing can change that Constitution.

Let’s face the truth here. Modders who ask money for their mods are traitors to the very founding idea, the constitution, of modding. They’re simple sellouts. I’m sad to see some respected modder names in the lists of paid mods. Either they’ve been tricked into this system that will destroy the hobby by ripping out its very foundation, or they are sellouts by choice. The fact remains, they are sellouts and traitors to modding.

Do not buy their mods. Do not support this system. Do not spend a cent on paid mods! The modders themselves won’t get much out of it anyways.

I will Continue for FREE

I will continue on Azura’s Watch as well as my other modding projects, of course, and they will be uploaded for free for everyone to enjoy. There was never any question about it. My modding is done and shared for free. My projects are created in the true spirit of modding; never take more than you give. I hope many modders feel the same and won’t fall for the lie and become sellouts on the Workshop or wherever.

Modding Monetization

So, monetization for modding went live on Steam tonight and Skyrim’s first out. I have a few very angry opinions on this issue and I’m going to write them down here. I’ve seen this monetization trend growing; it began when Bethesda accepted that modders place donation buttons on their mods. I saw this coming; they’ve even been “subliminally preparing” us, as is their usual strategy to soften the masses to a certain issue. Monetization is spelling the end of modding as we know it. I’m too upset right now, and I don’t know if the following will make any sense, but here goes:

It all sounds so good, doesn’t it? “Support your favourite modder” and “modders can now make a living out of doing the things they love“. Those are only words that mean nothing. I did monetized YouTube videos for a year and a half something, and monetization takes all the fun out of it and ruins creativity. You soon find yourself fighting absurd copyright claims and other direct or indirect money-related issues rather than doing videos. Getting constant unfair claims that make you lose your “income” for a month and there’s nothing you can do but protest the claims and hope for the best while some big corporation is taking your money. Sometimes it doesn’t even help to have signed paperwork from game designers themselves to prove that you have the right to monetize videos, there are no laws to protect you and yadda yadda yadda. It’s hell. Sure, some of the big guys like PewDiePie and that brainless kind have it made, but 99.9% of all YouTubers will NEVER make a living out of their YouTube efforts or even make any sort of substantial money at all. It’ll all go to the braindead sellouts like PewDiePie. Expect a modding PewDiePie God to appear soon too to serve as the money interests’ example of how good you can make it. Sure you can. Sure.

Making money a factor is a big mistake, but it’s a carefully planned move and an expected one, done to put the final nail in the modding hobby. Everything will be coming with a price tag from now on and everything will be falling back on money interests, competition and suspicion and all those other wonderful values of our glorious Western extreme ego capitalism. Expect the first copyright claims to be dropping in soon too to make life sour for small modders like myself. Because that’s how it works in reality, without all those beautiful words about making a living and supporting modders wrapped around: The greedy vultures will be swooping in and the modders are the prey. They’ve sold the modding hobby to the money interests.

This was supposed to be fun, relaxing and values like sharing and helping out were true. There’s going to be no more sharing and no more friendly, selfless helping out in this area. Mark my words. Modding WAS the last bastion and example of what mankind is truly capable of. Of course they wanted to ruin it with their greed. We’ve broken down their games and beat them to it many times over. We’ve done things that the game creators themselves never thought possible. Now, we have been fooled and tricked into believing that monetization is nothing but good for the modding business. We have been betrayed. And DAMN BETHESDA for being the first traitors out.

Yes, the modding world fascinated me so much because it was a world of true selflessness, true solidarity, real creativity and a world of different strong, hard-working characters who came together to create glorious masterpieces as free gifts to the world. The modding world served as an example of mankind’s best sides. Now it’s all going to be replaced by lawsuits, claims, copyright, competition and greed all wrapped in beautiful, meaningless words of how you can make a living out of doing the things you love.

And you modders who wanted this and are selling your shit on the workshop, enjoy your 4,30$ per month, because that’s the most you’ll ever get out of it. The only one benefitting from monetization of mods is some big, faceless corporation, and yes, that braindead modding god PewDiePie you’ll all be admiring. He’s going to make millions, actually, on your expense. You sold yourselves for 4,30. You fucking sellouts.

 

Update from Los Santos

This game is the best thing that has happened to the PC Gaming world since Skyrim in 2011, and in my personal collection, it’s a gem. Grand Theft Auto V on PC is a Winner! It’s an absolutely smashing game. I’ve been at it since release day and I’m just about to finish up the main storyline. The story is fun and intriguing; really crazy at times, everything works like a charm; no crashes or performance problems at all.

It all looks very impressive too! Grand Theft Auto V went straight to my heart and the two-year wait for it was all worth it and not in vain. Nothing of it is a disappoinmtent at all. I need some more time with it before I return to modding Skyrim, but yeah, I’m happy to spend time in Los Santos.

 

Notice the insane amount of details in the screenshots. I run the game at rather high settings, but still not the absolute highest. It runs smoothly without problems though. Really fine performance!