Is it OK for videogame mod makers to use your designs in their game without your permission and potentially profit from your design effort?
- Let them, I couldn’t care less.
- Who cares, I don’t have time to worry about that stuff.
- Sure, I think it’s cool if they use my designs and make some money off of them.
- No, let them design their own stuff.
- No way, I want any profit from the design effort I put into the project.
- Hell no! It’s completely disrespectful in addition to being illegal.
- If I find someone doing it, they’ll hear from my lawyers.
There’s been a lot of press about game modifications lately like the “Hot Coffee” mod for Grand Theft Auto, so hopefully everyone knows what a “mod” is. For those that don’t, a mod can be as simple as changing the gravity in a game world or as complex as completely recreating all the content with which a player interacts (typically called a Total Conversion).
Some mods add new player models or weapons or game world products. Some big mods might be based on a movie like “Aliens” (but those are usually stopped by companies that own the intellectual property). Even so, you can find characters from “The Simpsons” to"The Matrix" as individually downloadable add-ons for games.
What some of you might not know is that there are people making money with this stuff. And with the new XBox360 and Playstation3 consoles, virtual commerce is expected to take off because both Microsoft and Sony are building commerce capabilities into their consoles - an online marketplace for virtual items. In Asia, there are already companies that do nothing but make these add-ons and sell them to gamers and they do brisk business apparently.
With that information, I’m curious to hear your answers to the poll.