Steam Begins Offering Downloadable Source Mods
Arguably the greatest advantage of PC gaming is the world of mods. Limitless replay can be gained by purchasing a single game with a dedicated mod community — ask anyone who has ever picked up a Source game (the engine powering many of Valve’s games, including Half-Life 2 and Team Fortress 2) or any entry in the Unreal Tournament series.
The problem, however, is keeping track of all of the mods you use and keeping them up to date. As seems to increasingly be the case, Valve has once again stepped up with Steam to cure a woe of PC gaming by hosting mods through Steam — all of which will automatically be kept up-to-date like any game purchased through Steam.
The first batch of mods to be released include Age of Chivalry, D.I.P.R.I.P., Insurgency, Zombie Panic, and Synergy. You can also expect to see features from Steamworks implemented, although the announcement didn’t go into the breadth of that functionality (e.g. if we’ll be seeing Achievements and the like). The only requirement to play any of the mods will be that you own a Source game, which is exactly how things work currently.
Perhaps offering these mods through Steam will help legitimize the mod scene in the eyes of people who are still concerned with downloading and installing things from websites they aren’t familiar with. (Are these types of people still out there?) Regardless, props to Valve for once again helping to champion the PC as a gaming platform.