SeanPwnery, on Jan 23 2013 - 19:01, said:
Let's try to look at this objectively...
WG can't "pay" non-employees for content - one of the reasons there is no longer an NA Supertester crew.
WG can however do the following :
- Release a map builder SDK to allow modders the opportunity to create maps based on size, terrain/topographical features, obstacles, manmade objects
- Have user-submitted SDK-created maps uploaded in reviewable batches of 25-50 at a time, and tested by WG for inconsistancies, holes, track-traps that make you stuck etc.
- WG can present the top 3-5 entries a gold reward in a quarterly contest (that's top 3-5 winners every 3 months). This gives them essentially 12-25 new maps a year that they don't have to design themselves.
I'm looking at this from the view of both a software developer AND a small business owner (farm)....
I love that idea, but like you say, they are going to have to go over that map. Likely, they ARE going to have to edit them. That costs time (money). There are 2 pots that money can come from:
1) Dedicated revenue stream of people who REALLY want new maps and are willing to pay some for it.
2) An invisible tax on your gold purchase.
You (not you Sean) realize that gold costs what it costs in this game in part so Jewel Thief can take home a paycheck..... right? I mean... she doesn't make my tank shoot. She doesn't make maps. She doesn't write code. But WoT feels she is an important part of the WoT experience, so they pay her. Contrary to Free SoftwareFoundations fuzzy headed thinking... that money has to come from somewhere. (This is not a slam on J_T in anyway. I'm not her boss and only they can evaluate if they are getting good value for their money. I'm just pointing out econ 101)
The other problem is that since the game is so completely server side.... I dunno how you test the maps before you submit them. I guess part of the SDK could be an offline client that is crippled in important ways to make it hard to figure out what is in the packets used to comm between server/client.
Edited by Marduk10, Jan 23 2013 - 19:13.