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Valve Announces Devs Can Now Charge for Steam Workshop Mods

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Valve changes its modding policy to allow devs to charge for Steam Workshop Mods causing a community uproar

There are a long list of advantages to gaming on a PC but one of the best is being able so mod many of your favorite games. Mods can allow the community to come together to fix a broken game, add hours of new content, or almost turn it into a new game altogether. Games like Skyrim have shown us how far and how crazy the modding community can be with a game they love. What makes game mods so amazing though is that they’re done for free, the most creators ever ask for is a small donation.

The people behind these mods often pour hundreds of hours into development simply for the love of the game or to gain recognition in the community around it. Now one of the largest modding communities in the industry is about to change all that. Valve has announced that they’ve changed their policy to allow developers to charge for mods related to their game. The new policy will start with Skyrim, the Steam Workshop’s most heavily modded game.

Valve’s Tom Bui opened up on their reasoning behind the change that’s left the community divided on the entire issue:

“We think this is a great opportunity to help support the incredible creative work being done by mod makers in the Steam Workshop. User generated content is an increasingly significant component of many games, and opening new avenues to help financially support those contributors via Steam Workshop will help drive the level of UGC to new heights.”

Its great to see Valve trying to increase their support of the modding community; helping them earn money for all the time they’ve spent creating our favorite mods. The only problem is that they’re taking something that’s always been free and putting it behind paywall. It’s only natural that only a small portion of the community is willing to support the change. The rest of the community has gone into an absolute uproar starting a petition to have the policy reversed which has already received 4,000 signatures.

Naturally, Valve doesn’t have to change the policy no matter how many signatures the petition gets. Instead of trying to force the policy to be reversed they should focus on how to keep modders accountable. Before if you downloaded a mod that failed to work you could simply uninstall it. What happens when you buy a mod that doesn’t work out? Can you rely on the creator not to scam people? Valve’s response to those questions is that users can be refunded in 24 hours but that doesn’t offer any real guarantee.

If the past is any indication the PC gaming community will simply find a way to work around the changes. Creating alternate versions of mods that have been put behind a paywall or leave the Steam Workshop and find their mods elsewhere. There are certainly options out there for them including the Nexus, that offers many of the same mods as the Steam Workshop. Only time will tell if Valve will keep the change in place or crack from the pressure from the community and reverse it.

Just like most other people are here, Ryan is very passionate about gaming and technology. When he's not writing about video games, you'll likely find him talking about the latest gadgets.

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Metallica takes center stage on the battle arena of the Fortnite Festival, showcasing their musical prowess in an epic PVP showdown

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Metallica will be headlining the Battle Stage at the Fortnite Festival, and fans can look forward to an epic performance later today, on the 13th of June. The entire lineup of the legendary heavy metal band has been transformed into digital avatars for the ever-growing gaming platform. Fans can now enjoy their greatest hits and even engage in a thrilling musical player-versus-player game mode.

The collaboration between Metallica and Fortnite marks the start of Fortnite Festival Season 4, featuring an exciting lineup of six Metallica songs, such as “Enter Sandman,”  “Fuel,”  and “Ride the Lightning.”. Additional songs will be introduced as the season progresses. By choosing Epic’s premium Festival Pass, you’ll have the opportunity to unlock all four Metallica band members as playable skins. How about a showdown between Lars Ulrich and Goku?

The aspect that captures our attention is the 16-player musical battle royale. The Battle Stage offers a challenging experience that pushes players to their limits, requiring both physical stamina and a captivating stage presence. Players will find themselves immersed in the intense energy of the four tracks playing simultaneously. Perform with skill, and you can unleash powerful bursts of musical energy, causing less talented individuals to falter and be defeated, with the ultimate victor being crowned the Master of Puppets (most likely).

In addition to that, Metallica will be making an appearance at the Rocket Racing tent, complete with a specially designed track, car, and LEGO replicas of the band members. Is there anything more intense than that?

Do you enjoy Metallica’s music? Could anyone have predicted that the band would rise to prominence in a video game primarily aimed at a younger audience who may not be familiar with their music? And now, let’s turn our attention to the comments section below.

 

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Star Wars Outlaws PS5 Demo Falls Short of Delivering the Full Experience, According to Critic

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Star Wars Outlaws, although it appeared visually stunning during Ubisoft’s livestream earlier this week, has received some criticism for feeling somewhat outdated. A preview unfavorably compared the release to Uncharted: Golden Abyss, the PS Vita exclusive spin-off that was launched in 2011. However, according to the creative director, the sampler is merely a small taste of what the full experience has to offer.

“When entering a show of this nature, where you’re finalizing a game’s production, you’re faced with numerous decisions. Our producer limited us to just one demo for all the shows we would attend throughout the year, such as Gamescom and Comic-Con,” Julian Gerighty explained in an interview with VGC.

He explained that the events are designed to cater to both consumers and journalists. To ensure an engaging experience, they opted for a 20-minute format that offers a diverse range of content and showcases different game systems. However, they intentionally avoided showcasing the open-world experience at this particular event, as they plan to unveil it during the studio tour and preview event. This will be a brief overview, more of an appetizer than a full meal when it comes to the game.

According to Gerighty, the developer Massive Entertainment has crafted a highly engaging game, with only a portion of its greatness showcased here.

Admittedly, the comments do make sense. It’s common knowledge that creating demos requires a significant amount of the team’s focus. If a game plans to showcase itself at consumer conventions, it can’t just offer a short gameplay experience of two or three hours. That simply won’t suffice when attendees are patiently waiting in line. This seems to be just a subpar demo, which is unfortunate. However, it may not be something to worry too much about in the end.

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The Sky Breaker Pierce DLC for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora comes out in July for PS5

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Ubisoft has given us our first look at The Sky Breaker, the first DLC story pack for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. In it, a strange shadow will appear in the sky and threaten the Na’vi clans, who just can’t seem to get a break. It comes out next month on PS5, on July 16th.

A new part of the Upper Plains called “The Heart of the Plains” can be reached by taking the Sky Breaker. Some well-known biomes have changed into new types, and there are also many new ones. Of course, the RDA has also sent out new types of enemies, so you need to be careful. The good news is that not everything is bad. During the Na’vi Festival of Games, players can look forward to timed tasks that are a little less scary. Secrets of the Spires, another story pack, is still planned to be added to the game at some point.

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