Once upon a time there were two Half-Life modifications. The two had a similar premise and theme, and as is (unfortunately) standard procedure in such situations, tensions rose between the fans of one and the fans and team of the other. A forum dispute arose, some harsh words were slung, and things just generally got ugly.
At one point during the ?discussion,? one member of a team spoke up, saying how it was ?unfair? for the other team to step in with its professional team members and people getting paid for their work. It was an offense to those who couldn?t make any money and somehow infringing on their right to make their mod.
The mod that was being attacked for this reason was Natural Selection. Charlie ?Flayra? Cleveland, the programmer for and man behind Natural Selection, is a former Stainless Steel Studios employee and can be found in the credits for Empire Earth. Same goes for Cory ?SquealLikeAPig? Strader, lead artist for NS and artist for Stainless Steel.
It?s interesting to note this story at this time given recent events of the Nightwatch team. With our new modeling staff, we now have at least 5 professional team members, with at least 2 who have had to leave the team for various reasons, and a few more pending positions. Companies at which our team members have worked or are working include Ritual, 2015, 4D Rulers, and Taldren.
Why, though, should those of us who already have made or are currently making money in the industry have any less right to work on mods than anyone else? We?re not on payroll. We?re not in a studio. We?re the same as any other mod developer or mod author. Let me let you in on a little secret...
Professional game developers love what they do.
It?s not a chore as some jobs become or just the day-in/day-out cycle. To take this direction in life, a person has do dedicate every ounce he can to succeed. Now the craziest thing about it is this - not only do professionals love what they do, but they love it enough to keep doing it outside of an office setting!
When it comes to mod development, we?re all on equal ground.