Today a victory was won for modders and gaming community

After much debate and huge backlash from the global community Valve has had its hand turned and forced to remove the highly controversial paid mods scheme.

PCGamer said “A representative from Valve has announced that the company will remove Steam Workshop’s controversial paid mods functionality. In a post today, Valve employee Alden Kroll confirmed that the functionality will be removed, and all customers who have paid for mods will be refunded. The move has been made with Bethesda’s blessing, Kroll added.”

“We’ve done this because it’s clear we didn’t understand exactly what we were doing,” Kroll wrote. “We’ve been shipping many features over the years aimed at allowing community creators to receive a share of the rewards, and in the past, they’ve been received well. It’s obvious now that this case is different.”

An updated article by PCGamer provided a response from Bethesda on the matter “We have a long history with modding, dating back to 2002 with The Elder Scrolls Construction Set,” it wrote in a new Bethesda Blog post. “It’s our belief that our games become something much more with the promise of making it your own.” There are downsides: The availability of mods is one of the reasons Oblivion was re-rated from T to M, “costing us millions of dollars,” it continued. Even so, “while others in the industry went away from it, we pushed more toward it.”

Its almost enough to make you wanna flip.

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Music meets Math

James Revels might just have a great idea here!

Audio SeXXX

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So what happens when music, graph theory and network theory meet. An awesome way to coordinate automation for music. Although I’m posting this while on bus via phone I’ll try my best to explain this. First for non sound engineers, automation is where you change a parameter, such as volume, as if you had an imaginary hand turning a knob as the song plays. This is seen in the program as a simple graph like the diagram as the top to the left of the bar (well, its a simple, directed graph since it moves forward in time, which comes in play near end). The second graph right of the partition is what I call an “isomorphic superposition”. Lets break this down. Isomorphism in graph theory simply means that all the connection between points are exactly the same when two graphs are compared. Superposition is fancy for placed over top…

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Valve sells mods for Skyrim

So i read that Valve has started selling Skyrim mods on steam and that this is a legal monetization agreement with Bethesda.  The spirit of modding games has always been to provide free modifications for others in any particular gaming community to make use of and Valve doing this goes against this entire belief.

The economics of it are seriously bungled as well, with modders only getting 25% per sale of the total sale price.  Its not difficult to see that if Valve extend this to other games its going to destroy community contributions on Steam, not the end of the world but how many people will get on the bandwagon for the sake of making money?

The idea in theory is a good one, its just being poorly executed with speculation that Bethesda is trying to make money from others hard work which i think is terrible.

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Here’s some fun with theoretical extrapolations of this concept. Let’s say that Bethesda wants to make another Skyrim DLC expansion involving some new order of warriors. They want to make their signature weapon a flail, but the oddly behaving weapon is proving difficult to animate and operate effectively on PC. Under this new system do they A) work really hard to get past the issue and release the flail at launch or B) say “oh the modders have flails, let’s just promote their mod in the store.” Under the old system, Bethesda would have been motivated to make the flail themselves, but under the new one, someone is doing it for them, and they’re taking up to 75% of the revenue for each flail sold. I’m not saying this would for sure be their philosophy going forward, but when a company can charge handily for someone adding extra content into their game, you can bet that the opportunity for exploitation is there.

Never fear however, there are good alternatives around try moddb.com for all your future modding needs on Skyrim and others.

Shepard’s child in mass effect 4? WTF

I just watched a video with alot of speculation on this, its one possibility to continue the story.  Never thought of that can see how it would link into mass effect 3 for carryover saves.

Whilst there’s some confirmations there, only speculation at this time about Shepard having a possible child as the lead character.  If it turns out to be true, that’s awesome.

A newer video has confirmed the Mako will be returning, further its been predicted it may release sometime April or May next year.

HYPE

Nerdcore, whats it all about?

Some of you may of heard of this genre called Nerdcore, doesn’t sound that legit? It had some noobish beginnings, now its becoming a serious defined genre.

As quoted from the Nerdcore wiki page

Nerdcore is a genre of hip hop music characterized by themes and subject matter considered to be of general interest to nerds.

One of the better known artists MC Frontalot raps about games, computers all manner of geekdom and nerdism ^^ As a bonus hes a web designer so if you need a website designed he’ll dream up a great design as he raps up a storm at the same time LMAO

If you like rap about all things Geek, Nerd + Fandom inc Starwars check out these exotic breaks

Till next time Space Truckers

Zombies invade your nearest online store

So there’s this struggling group of developers making a game true to George a Romero’s style of zombie filled fun.  That games name is The Dead Linger, in development by a company called Sandswept.  This banging game, when it has something that goes bang is a fps featuring multiplayer mayhem, later drivable vehicles even welding armour to your shred-o-matic wagon.  Think madmax with a Romero style twist, sorry Mel 😀

The game has undergone a number of transformations in its history, now its really coming together.  These guys gotta eat man, karma goes around slam the pizza button with your leftclick finger if you feel like sharing.

Anyway, the game its self is worth while watching in time its gonna be hot but for now need a warm up?  try this.  Linger a little, and see what this amazing box of digital filled zombie goodness will serve up.

Did i mention, BRAINNZZZZZZZZZZZZZ?

Tip #7 Meat and Nuts for breakfast +1 win

So you like eating meat?  Got a story for you, try this.  First thing flick ya wrist slam the spam go nutty over nuts drink java like you own it smash the competition like their putty, on the ball diet n all so lemme breakthatdown faster than breaknecking. During my travels around the interwebs i stumbled upon something nutty the meat and nut breakfast diet.  

Now brothers you might be thinking has this fella cracked, whats he on about?  Sure sometimes might be ok but every morning?  You lost it my brother!  That’s right i lost it i ate it i felt it but dont take my word for it, there’s established science behind this.

Nuts are known as energy power houses, any nut is good with differing advantages.  Now if you combine this with lean meat that’s one champion packed meal, the best time to have this bulky carb filled protein busting meal is breakfast cause its how our body’s are wired. So you wanna get ripped?  Wanna bulk up like the hulk?  Wanna be a speed demon like a freak off your lease ripping through everything in life and your day?  Try this diet and you will have indisputable results.

Game hard, play hard live harder

A decision has been reached!

The CEO’s of Sertco hereby name their flagship the SC Erebus with the credentials SC standing for our proud corporations name.

As soon as docking facility’s are available her maiden voyage will commence.  All employee’s are urged to consider serving as part of her crew, you may contact any one of the council members via Sertco’s HQ.