"What do you think of the availability of AddOns?"
-There are too many! It's hard to find (a good) one in the chaos!
-More than enough to choose from.
-It is ok. I can usually find something that suits my needs.
-Should be better. I have a hard time finding what I want.
-I don't use AddOns.
As of yet there isn't a poll on the US forums. Innocent data collection from Blizzard? Or something more?
What will be available to players in the StarCraft II Marketplace?
After the launch of StarCraft II, we aim to add the StarCraft II Marketplace to Battle.net, which will create a vibrant ecosystem of user-generated content, including multiplayer maps, single-player scenarios, challenges, themes, and more.
In game or via Battle.net could be pretty convenient to players. Now where was that April Fools from wowinterface.com? :P
They also said at BC that there were no plans to ever open the same for WoW, mainly because they don't want to deal with keyloggers (they didn't say that part outright, but it was obvious what they were getting at).
I think that WoW understands it has a good thing in the mod community, and I don't think they will take that away lightly. If only because they can cull so many good ideas to half-assedly implement into the game....
Sure, they may have said a lot of things in the past and eventually reconsidered but we aren't really talking about a paid feature such as a race/faction change here. Managing addons (and even worse, handling distribution/maintainance/providing repositories and whatnot) is a huge can of worms that Blizzard really, really doesn't want to touch, because in one way or another, they are going to "lose" by it. With their current policy, they are reaping all the "benefits" from addons, without moving as much as a finger, since the community, manages itself, so to speak.
Ideally, an ingame addon "store" would be a good idea if they let addon sites plug into it. They would need to take xml feeds from addon sites. That way they could just display content, however that would be content delivered from the addon sites.
They won't have to control the addons, as the site will control the addons. They would be able to only list trusted websites.
This would also do away with people having trouble installing addons they've downloaded or people complaining about our own updater clients.
I don't think Blizzard is going to do anything with the poll. I think an EU CM thought it would make some good discussion. Considering that if they open any kind of store GM tickets for addon issues will skyrocket and people will say "Addon XYZ is broken, Blizz fix nao." I can't see them wanting to get involved.
That's because iTunes is raking in the monies while record companies are slowly dying because of us evil internet pirates.
What's wrong with monetizing things :P? Heck, that's what Curse is doing with WowAce. Blizzard wrapping that model (App store/iTunes, Curse/WowI, etc) into their own branded ecosystem could be an interesting thing. Maybe earn you free game time or a special mount too ;D
QFT that this will happen. I'm sure Curse gets the same behavior but... Users at WoWI will click the "report this file" link, and DESPITE the fact that the page says in giant, huge, bold letters
our email still gets spammed with things like, "the TOC says out of date - can you fix?", "can you do x,y,z with this addon?", or "thanks for this addon".
Not only does it not have a category for the user to file these under, making them pick "Other", but it also says
right above the submit button.
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