*warning* pessimistic thoughts inside
What if scenario: NS is released and gradually grows in popularity until it rivals CS. Everyone and their mother knows about it, and tons of maps appear, this is good right?
Lets stop for a moment and look at Starcraft. It may not be as popular as CS but its definitly up in the top 15. Now lets look at the wide selection of maps available online with such classics as BGH, BGH, BGH, BGH variant, another BGH variant, and now a new line of maps called [no clutter] Which are even 'better' than BGH, and by 'better' I mean vomit inducing as apposed to merely sickening as the BGH line are. What do these all have in common? Its hard to spot but they all have unlimited cash in your starting location and one chokepoint, this promotes camping and never expanding, luckily, usually the players try to stay away from these tactics, by usually I mean 1 out of 1000 players might choose to expand and/or play a different map. Now, what would an NS version of such masterpieces look like? Probably 30 rescource nodes in the marine spawn and 3 hives in the same room 'balanced' by having only 20 nodes for the aliens, hell, why bother? Why not give the aliens 40 nodes? I'm afraid this might spread, it wouldn't be nearly as bad as starcraft because not anybody can host a server but it would still be there. But this could be prevented however. I have some ideas for stopping this if it happens but there will always be workarounds and I mean *always*. Ok, here's a short list of things to do about this (if you have an idea add it to the list)
BGH prevention program:
-limit the number of nodes that can be placed near eachother/in the same room
-same for the hives
-Never allow something like this to be posted on a mapping site hosted by NS.org or RR.org and tell PHL or any other big sites to watch out for this
-tooltips telling you that aggressive is the only way to go
-gameplay changes (not sure what cuz ive never played) to make sure that this would never work out in practice, I know that passive teams will be at a disadvantage but maybe if they didn't stand any chance at all (make the players fed up with a map like this so they don't want to play it or any variant anymore)
-hmmm, maybe an "I hate BGH" camp to brainwash all the potential mal-mappers, okay so I ran out of ideas, fine! I said it would be short. Now its your turn, pts and devs can tell me if this is a concern (just remember there will *always* be workarounds) and everyone can add to the list.