Are Valve's paid mods tearing the Skyrim community apart?
Gabe Newell is two people. In his day job, he’s the CEO of video game developer Valve, one of the most powerful forces in PC gaming. To the internet, he’s “Gaben,” a mysterious figure with a propensity for bringing gifts. He is, essentially, the internet’s Santa Claus. But after years of memes, fan pages, and other forms of weird worship, a change to the way Steam handles game modifications has turned a swathe of gamers against their folkloric idol.
Last week, Valve introduced a way for Steam users to pay for modifications to their games, starting with the 2011 role-playing game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Where modifications — usually shortened to mods — were previously free to download via the Steam Workshop, their creators can now…
Source:: The Verge