Welcome to another edition of the, er, we’ll say bi-weekly mailbag. All questions are from spammers who send their letters via courier, whether that be in Skyrim or New Vegas.
If any humans would like to send a question, PM me here or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Just make sure to let me know this is for the mailbag and that you want your name public, or else I will attribute your question to spammers.
On to the mailbag:
Do you intend to set aside modding with the release of Fallout 4 to become a full time gamer again for awhile?
And whilst no one expects you to post a mod for the new game faster than the first guy with a nude patch, do you think at least your radio mod would find a pretty quick migration to the new game?
Well, there isn’t really a choice because the modding kit won’t come out until next year. Understandably, the developers want your initial experience to be the game they worked on, and not say, a world where all the deathclaws have been replaced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
It probably makes sense from a bug reporting standpoint too as well as a way to extend the life of the game and also do you smeeeeeeeeeeell what the Rock is cooking, my guess is it’s this.
In any case, the only way to put Atomic Radio in FO4 prior to the release of any modding tools is as a replacer, which isn’t ideal for a variety of reasons. Best to just wait.
Free Piano asks:
Congratulations, I have gone through most of your mod and have not seen a single comment about arrows to the knee.
Probably because that meme got stale before I even released the mod. This type of thing is more or less a matter of timing than anything. Memes age faster than meth addicts, so if you’re playing the game now, four years after the fact, the kind of thing you’d find funny in 2011 might seem incredibly cringeworthy today.
It’s easy to mock them now, but I’m sure when most mod authors wrote their arrow to the knee jokes, they had no idea it would be beaten into the ground so hard it’d fall out of the sky. You’ll notice newer mods make no reference to it, as it has been rightfully sent to where memes go to die, right alongside the lying cake and the all your base belongings.
But perhaps these stale memes will be unearthed by internet archaeologists centuries in the future. They will want to know the story of the knee and the arrow so they can share it with their fellow hipsters, and they will be glad for the mods that reference it. The point is, Skyrim is an old game and not everything ages well, until enough people forget that it becomes novel again. But yeah, it’s usually good practice to avoid memes altogether for this reason.
Chocolate Thunder asks:
Our school has students do teacher evaluations at the end of each quarter. As a joke, some of my biology students wrote “He’s an excellent teacher, but it’s a shame what he did to that cat.” I now have a meeting with the Dean regarding my animal abuse.
That’s amazing. Here are some more in this vein:
“Howard is a trash can of a manager. He is mean and treats everyone in the office like garbage. I love him.”
“Kurt helped me a lot with my guitar lessons. He also gave me a signed copy of Nevermind, which was really nice. I’m just glad to see the rumors of his death are unfounded.”
“I should set you up with my cousin. He’s handsome, funny, and a very attentive lover.”
“The Dragonborn is a great hero, but it’s a shame what he did to his wife.”
Given how most profit on the web is advertising driven, why don’t modders band together and make their own Nexus? That way authors, actors, and contributors could get a share of the advertising money, and mods stay FREE for the people using them. It would totally work, ask anyone who’s anyone as long as that anyone is me.
Well, someone has to build it first. Then someone has do the banding. I sure as hell ain’t doing either.
It might be easier for modders to unionize and protest a site (by hiding all their mods) with the infrastructure in place, like Steam or Nexus, until they give the creators a share of the ad revenue (as Robin himself mentions here) while making the mods available on their own sites. However, even if Nexus capitulated, I’m not sure how they’d calculate the revenue – whether you’d have to negotiate the value of exposure, exclusivity, and the varying server costs, or if you just ignored those factors altogether and based everything on page views.
For example, if you factor in the server costs for a mod like Interesting NPCs, Nexus might end up sending everyone involved a bill.
I do think, however, that giving modders a financial incentive to answer bug reports, update their mod, and engage users is a good idea in principle, and would benefit the community as a whole. Doing it this way would avoid the toxicity that came with the paid mod thing, because advertising revenue would be consistent with what Nexus does already, and support the web model of content being free. Nothing would change except the address.
But first, a hero would need to rally the modders, convince the users, and if need be, build a site that doesn’t suck. Regardless, while I can’t speak for the actors, as someone who is indifferent to the current model, I am not the hero you seek.
Woof Woof asks:
If an item is a fraction of the cost, it could be twice as much. 2/1 is a fraction.
True that, my mathematically literal friend. Conversely, if something costs a pretty penny, it technically only costs one cent. And if something must be had at any cost, it can also be had for next to nothing. The cost of doing business can cost dearly for someone who doesn’t understand idioms, because what should cost a fraction can end up costing an arm and a leg, if they literally count the cost.
Sonic Beatz asks:
What do you think of virtual cards that can be traded on your phone?
I am a fan of trading cards of any kind. I would like nothing more than to live in a world where a person can trade a Fjona card signed by Alice Bell for a limited edition Eldawyn rookie card with a game-used robe, even if you need an app to do it. It doesn’t matter if the cards aren’t tangible, as long as you can maintain a scarcity (which I’m sure virtual cards already do), you can convey a sense of ownership.
And the best part is the cards don’t get messed up. They’ll stay in mint condition no matter how many times you drop your phone or stuff it into your pocket. All my old baseball cards, on the other hand, have seen some shit. Their corners are fuzzy, the colors are faded, and long creases run across their faces from when I’d stuff them into cases that were clearly designed for something else.
Seriously, it doesn’t even have to be mod characters, I’d even settle for vanilla TES and Fallout trading cards. This needs to be a thing.