- Mar 31, 2004
Melda said:Whitehorn and I were discussing the implications of the Mod Support site recently opened by Blizzard, and of the perceptions there are within the community of its effectiveness in . . . well, being effective.
It seems that the support site is not really there for modifications, as such, but is there more for Battle.net maps, which is understandable, since it is hosted on Battle.net, and there are probably far more people who play these sorts of things on Battle.net than there are modders in the entire online modding community.
So that brings us to this conclusion: It seems that we, modders, are not visible on the Blizzard radar.
A lot of people have been whinging, whining, bitching and moaning about this, and what has it helped so far? Nothing.
If we want to actually be recognised for anything, there is only one way that we are going to do it -- if we get off our asses and do it ourselves! Because, let's face it -- nobody else is going to do it for us.
I propose that we compile a kind of 'ultimate' list of mod projects, articles, tutorials, resources, and whatever miscellaneous tools may be of assistance to supporting the modding community.
Ideally, we should scour the Internet for all projects that exist, but I do not feel that this is realistic or fair. Therefore I think the best system that we should consider persuing would be to have a list compiled by the sites who are actually interested in being involved in this project. If I site does not want to host the list of projects, then that is their choice, and they will be excluded from the endeavour, and their projects will miss out on the opportunity.
Whitehorn has already stated that he would be interested in helping set up the code for such a database, but it is really something that cannot be done with one or two people. It is going to take at least one representative from each site who wants to be involved, and many projects that want to be involved may have to actually make an effort to be noticed if they want to be included in this.
That was posted November 3rd. A lot of ideas, planning and some work has gone into our idea over the month.
What we are working on is a project, in the form of a website, that integrates all of the modding community - starting with Warcraft 3, then Starcraft and whatever expands from there.
The Project is not going to be a seperate entity - it will be a resource for everyone to use that links to other websites. It is a comprehensive database of sorts.
Features that we plan to include are listings of:
Mods; in progress, completed, inactive.
Artists [graphical and musical] that seek projects to work for.
Projects that seek artists.
Tutorials for ALL aspects covered and related to the content of this project.
Graphics, audio for use.
And likely much more!
Initially we plan to produce a master listing of all resources. From there we hope to build an affiliate system. You link to us, you get referred, spotlighted and reviewed. The more people take efforts to help spread the word, the more they will be rewarded.
Next we shall work on a pending resources section, for additions that have yet to be reviewed. Affiliates will have priority.
How can you help?
We need to know of every possible resource out there.
We want everyone to be aware of this project. It's here to help YOU.
Reviewers and representatives for each site will be required once this project gets up to speed.