Over at NAG Online, I’ve written one or two pieces that concern themselves with game modding and the like. I’ll be the first to admit that modding isn’t my strongest point — or an aspect of game development which I have a particularly vested interest in — but I do believe that any self-respecting developer who wants to approach their craft with a well-rounded knowledge base will keep general tabs on the mod scene.
It’s for this reason that I’m particularly interested in this GameCareerGuide feature entitled “Is Modding Useful?” Not only does it soberly and thoroughly explore the mod scene as it stands today, but it gives realistic advice about how to use your modding experience to attract game recruiters and gain valuable skills. Think of it as a “crash course” guide to mod-making, right down to how you get started with it in the first place.
It’s nice to see a piece like this, particularly when some people still view modding as a “childish” or “wasteful” pursuit (unless, of course, my impression of the general populace is totally screwy). I can’t say that I’m really a fan of Counterstrike and the like, but there have been some fascinating mods recently which demonstrate that this field isn’t restricted to the likes of mere amateurs and wannabes.