Modding have always been a big part of gaming world as we know it. Many of the full-fledged games started as mods of some popular game. After which then got identity on their own and were made a standalone games. Team Fortress 2, DOTA 2, Portal, Counter Strike etc. are some of the prime example of the games made from some mod previously developed. Recently several months ago Valve stirred some water by implementing paid modding in game Skyrim. Obviously backlash was huge so they had to take the decision back in several weeks but it did made some talks in gaming community if it can happen I future or not.
I was once sitting with a friend when he suddenly asked me why I buy games as I am one of the very few in the Indian gaming community who actually buy the games for playing, others prefer to just pirate them. After I explained to him in details my reasons, I thought I should write about this as well to see what you guys think, so here I am.
You buy Hardware, why not software/games then?
When you go for a gaming rig, you do buy hardware and stuff right. If you can buy hardware then what is the problem with software, why can’t you buy them as well. I think anyone who can buy a INR 70K gaming is more than capable of buying games as well that he wants to play. Just because you can pirate the games doesn’t mean that you should. It’s better if you buy them as well. They are not meant to be free, if you want free stuff then there are many indie games which are for free and some AAA games as well. Play them as much as you want but don’t pirate the ones who are not Free to Play. Developers do need salaries and benefits, they are not making games to do charity. Essentially your piracy is making their lives harder as publishing houses cut salaries and bonuses because they haven’t sold enough copies.
It’s been a long time since I wrote anything because life is hectic, job and yada yada…
So here I am back with one of the most hot topic for gamers that is Crowd Funding and the platform KickStarter.
In recent times we have seen a lot of Kickstarter funded games getting a lot of attention in the community. Divinity: Original Sin, Pillars of Eternity, Shadowrun Hong Kong, Wasteland 2 being some of the main examples. Let’s see what Kickstarter is and its implication on gaming world.
What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is basically a place where someone with an idea present it to the people and ask for funding to start the project. If enough people take interest and project’s funding goal is met then the project starts with the money given by the people or it goes to its demise from Kickstarter. Kickstarter is not just for gaming, any project with a potential can be posted there for funding.