If one were to look back on Bethesda's behavior concerning their "official mods/DLC" The trend seems to be taking a singular direction. Morrowind had a bit of "official" mods along side of the Expansion packs. I accepted paying for the expansion packs, and was happy as a pig in mud to have Bethesda providing official mods for free. Then with Oblivion they did away with the "official mods" in favor of such things Horse armor, and player strongholds. released as Downloadable Content. These types of DLC were nothing more then mods, though Bethesda had decided that these mods were not going to be free as were the mods that they made for Morrowind. They also had their Expansion DLCs such as SI, and KotN. I was happy to pay for their expansion DLCs, but I was not at all happy that they saw fit to charge for their mods. FO:3 was the same though they had more Expansion DLCs, and a few of the mod type DLCs again I wasn't happy about the paying for the mod type DLCs, and happily payed for the expansion DLCs. FO:NV there were not even proper mod types, just packs which could be duplicated by any half assed hack in the G.E.C.K. the DLCs for FO:NV were great, and again I happily paid for them, as for the packs? Well I got them as part of the steam sale that I got the steam version of FO:NV during a summer sale. Along comes Skyrim no mod type DLCs at all, just their expansion packs, and those were unfinished, and buggy as hell. not to mention game breaking. I paid for them as they were released, but I was not at all happy about it. travel down the road to this past spring. Paid modding, yup the fiasco that nearly rent the TES modding community asunder. As far as I've seen the Skyrim folks are still bickering over paid mods, and modders rights. Looking at the past developing trend I have noticed that they have been slowly moving in the direction of paid mods ever since Morrowind. The way I see it is paid mods are going to be a thing, and eventually that will be the only way that the mods will be made available in future Bethsoft games. Not FO4, and possibly not TES VI, but it will happen. It's unavoidable. Now don't get me wrong, I donate when I particularly enjoy a mod I like. I'm all for rewarding hard work, and fueling caffeine driven modding binges. But the way Bethesda, and Steam had gone about the whole paid mods thing was a slap in the face of the individual modders, and modding teams. What I would be okay with is if Bethesda hosted paid for mods on their own site, and cut out any middle man types between the modder, and Bethesda. I would also rather the modder get a greater cut from the paid for mods then the slap in the face that they were getting with the Valve/Bethsoft deal. I would also rather see free community shared mods stay a thing while paid mods are around too, but I don't see that happening.
Having said all of that I'm watching, and waiting what Bethesda does with FO:4 mods, maybe five or more years down the road, to see decide whether or not to buy FO:4 or any more Bethsoft games.
Side note: Valve, and Bethesda had been planning how to implement the paid mods thing since the Steam Workshop started supporting mods. I doubt either will let that go easily.
So. You're going to Red Mountain to kill Dagoth Ur? Vivec couldn't do it, so he's elected you. Doesn't that worry you?
Oh, I fully expect paid mods to show back up again. But, will ALL of them require payment? I sure hope not. If they do, I will be using a lot fewer of them..... (either that, or getting a lot better with the CK....) I just hope they give it some time for all the hate and discontent to die down..... I also hope that next time, they announce it on the forums, and get feedback from the community, before just springing it on us. But, I don't hold out much for that last......
As much as I like games I can assure you I will always have a comp that's able to play my current collection. I am discouraged about the direction this is going. In the long run I think it augers for the end on modding as we know it. Having adjusted to playing on a console, I know I will play any game I want to own for PC, on console first. I have so many games to play on my list right now...
Intelligence has nothing to do with politics. Those who refuse to engage in politics are doomed to be ruled by their inferiors. There is always hope. Only because it's the one thing no one has figured out how to kill yet. We are all the sum of our tears. To little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much and the best of us is washed away. Christ came to tell us to love one another, and the last 2,000 years we've spent killing each other over how he said it? When you become obsessed with the enemy, you become the enemy. All quotes taken from Babylon 5 or Crusade.