Originally published at: https://teksyndicate.com/paid-mods-micro-transactions-and-the-future-of-gaming-the-crit-show-0036/
It’s about time.
“I can’t even pretend to be that stupid”
It seems that the type of “paid mods” bethesda is going for should instead be called “outsourced content”. They’re not exactly “mods”.
“Mods” are inherently unofficial modifications made by and for a third party.
However, this developer-financed content is freelance dev work, essentially hiring contractors to create first-party addons (if Bethesda owns the content, it is first-party content). Mods are third-party content because they are neither paid for nor owned by the owners/developers of the game.
For the same reason, there is no such thing as an “official mod”; that’s just slang for “DLC”.