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Inyri Forge VIP Member

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#1 13 years ago

Over the past few months I've found myself wondering this. When it comes to modding, what do you look for first: the quality of the mod, or the name attached to it?

I'm not going to list any names, because there are indeed several 'famous' modders who've well earned the recognition people give them, but there are an equal number who either are just not very good, or don't try very hard because they know they'll get praise either way.

On the other hand, there are plenty of good budding modders who get no attention simply because no one's seen their name before. And no, I don't consider myself part of this group, so it's not like I'm jealous or anything :rolleyes:

I'd just like to hear your guys' opinions on this paradox. A couple of things to consider:

1) Do you look for quality first, or a name first? 2) Do you know the difference between good work and mediocre work? (it's okay to admit if you don't - most people wouldn't unless they were modders in that area) 3) Do you have a god complex with any particular modders, and why?




Almighty_gir

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#2 13 years ago

i have a god complex with myself, and i know im lazy when it comes to making things for "modding" purposes. i know that i can do a lot better in most cases, but because i know the response will be positive anyway, i just dont give a damn.

but i agree with you, theres many people who are considdered to be gods gift to the modding world, when really they are just editing and photosourcing rejects who will never get real jobs in the industry because their skills are as fake as the things they "make".




roadkill92

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#3 13 years ago

I go for quality I think i can tell the differance between good work and mediocre work and Haplslash, infinity blade revan dark ect I apreciate their work but not a god complex :D




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#4 13 years ago
Inyri Forge1) Do you look for quality first, or a name first?

Quality. That is, I only download mods that I think I would find fun/useful, regardless of who made them.

2) Do you know the difference between good work and mediocre work? (it's okay to admit if you don't - most people wouldn't unless they were modders in that area)

Well...I at least know what looks good/professional to me. I'm not a mapper or a proficient modeler, but I think I can spot where somebody has gone wrong.

3) Do you have a god complex with any particular modders, and why?

I expect consistently excellent work from some modders, but I don't have a god complex about anyone.




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#5 13 years ago

I go for both, a "famous" name might attract me to the skin/model, but once there I check for quality, I try not to just be a slave to the name of the modder.




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#6 13 years ago

:lol: Oops, didn't answer my own post, did I?

1) Do you look for quality first, or a name first? 2) Do you know the difference between good work and mediocre work? (it's okay to admit if you don't - most people wouldn't unless they were modders in that area) 3) Do you have a god complex with any particular modders, and why?

1) These days when I see a 'name', I immediately check out the file to see what they've left out this time. It's kind of depressing to do that and know I'll find a bunch of stuff :(

2) In terms of skinning and modelling, yeah, I know. I know what bad weighting looks like. I know what poor poly flow looks like. I know what's been photosourced, and what's been poorly compressed. I can tell the difference, better than a lot of people.

3) Sure, I'm not immune to it. I used to think all the same people you thought were gods, but then I learned a few skills, and was finally able to see the difference... they're not as good as you think they are. Perhaps blind ignorance is bliss, in this case.




Trauma Sensei

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#7 13 years ago

1.) When I browse for files I usually try to catch up with every file I have missed, so I can not really tell that I immediately look for a name, I tend to trust the reviewer's opinion, so I guess you could say quality

2.) In most cases I can notice the difference, unless it is a mod that has elements that I am not familiar with.

3.) I expect a certain quality from certain modders, in some cases their work is admirable because they do not focus only on the main "theme", for example a player model or a weapon pack that does not only include the obvious but also different kind of stuff that make the mod more than just a mod.




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#8 13 years ago

1) Quality all the way. If I see something good, then I'll download it. If I see something bad, I'll stay away from it. Regardless of who made what. Name usually has nothing to do with it as far as I'm concerned.

2) I know a fair bit of what's good and what's mediocre. I'll admit, I'm not a pro by any means whatsoever, but I've seen enough to know what I should be looking out for.

3) Not in so many words. True, if I see the name of an accomplished modder, then I'll expect quality work, and I usually check that one out first. Still, I have the capicity to not like something for a modder, no matter how famous the name is.




Anson992

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#9 13 years ago

1) I look for names first, Hapslash, NeoMarz, Revan Dark, and many others, I check their work first, then i go to the unknown autors, becuase some of those *unknown* are good modders, and deserve praise.

2) In some ways more than others. I wont notice anything until I play with a model. But i cant tell what bad weighing looks like unless i witness it first hand. I go for the ones that look good. A model or skin with a good face, without a photosource, made all its own. I like those. Of course I can delete them if I find a problem when I play with them.

3) Yes I do. I favor modelers like NeoMarz and Hapslash. They're great, i love many others whos names I cant think of at the moment. But yeah, i favor them.




lassev

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#10 13 years ago
Inyri Forge... And no, I don't consider myself part of this group, so it's not like I'm jealous or anything

Don't worry, milady. You are high on my list... :p

1) Do you look for quality first, or a name first?

I would like to answer quality first, but in reality I think the name plays as big a role catching my attention.

2) Do you know the difference between good work and mediocre work?

Yeah. Although, even if it may sound like a cliche, I really appreciate also "mediocre" work if it looks like the author really tried his/her best. Most of us aren't in this business for money, after all, but for the fun.

3) Do you have a god complex with any particular modders, and why?

Certainly. If some regulars of Map-Review made King Room 2, I would probably, unwittingly, view it as a master piece. Why..? I suppose I'm such a lowly life form basking myself in the brilliant shine of higher beings...