Holy crap, Valve. Really? You took your awesome Steam Workshop and started charging money for the mods that people put up? These are supposed to be free for the players! What happened to ethics and caring about the player base? Do you even realize how BADLY this could affect the gaming community as a whole?! We're already being thrown down the toilet with how badly companies treat the masses with microtransactions, unpatched messes of games, and cosmetic/over-charged DLC. Now you have to add fuel to the fire? Are you trying to burn the remnants of what makes gaming awesome and take us into an age of shallow, money consumed, soulless gameplay that much faster?
So, today, Valve made it possible so that modders could get money for their mods that they create for games. They have only ruined Skyrim with this so far. But they set up a system where the modders could charge what they feel their mod is worth. This is a HORRIBLE idea.
This entire premise behind mods is that they're created by the people for the people. They are created by gamers who love the game and want to add something to it. And it's created for other gamers to enjoy their work. These mods also look GREAT in a portfolio for these people which will help them get into companies to work for where they will get PAID then. If a modder really needs money, then they can set up a donation fund, or open a Patreon. I'm sure others who love their work would LOVE to support them. But this bullcrap should have never happened.
The implications of this are absolutely terrible. Once companies realize that they don't even have to spend man-hours and work on their own DLC, and can get the community to do it for them FOR FREE, then we're going to have an increase in microtransactions and companies being even MORE greedy than they already are. Other games are unplayable at launch and have to be patched. The community sometimes does this for the developers for free because they love the game. What if we start getting charged for patches because the developers were too lazy to finish their game properly? Why do WE get screwed?
This is not a good sign, and I hope Valve eats crap on this for a while. There will always be those out there who support and buy this nonsense, but I sure as heck hope that for once, the sensible part of the crowd outnumbers them, because this is just dragging gaming even farther into the cesspit that it's found itself in.