Actually, the last major game I downloaded was Star Trek: Online, which was 100+ GB with updates. What irks me is not the filesize, is that developer is being a pawn of Blizzard without realizing it. The reason Blizzard has made this engine open-source is a shameless marketing ploy for their games - people get drawn in by these fan projects and other games - and oh wait! You have to download our game to play it...and now that you've downloaded our game, you might as well play it...now you're sucked in. Now give me your money for this add-on. It's sleazy.
I was reading this and people were mad because they thought Crainy was being dishonest. I think this is "blame the victim" mentality. This guy got sucked in and is being a pawn, and he's paying the price. His statements are basically amounting to a "defend my abuser" mentality. It's awkward when you have to admit that you've been a pawn and a victim.
And yes, this is a pawn-victim relationship, because Crainy doesn't own his own intellectual property. This is as if Crainy was an employee of Blizzard using his free time to make company property that is Bionicle, and he isn't getting paid for it! If I'm making stuff for hire, I expect a wage. If I'm making stuff not for hire, I expect to own my stuff and sell it. That's how copyright law works. If I was a game developer, I would take one look at that terms of service and say, "nope, not doing anything with this, ripoff!" and get out of there.*
The reason you can't see this is because you're already playing Starcraft II, and you like it, so this change doesn't affect you. I DON'T want to play Starcraft II. I don't have time in my life to be a victim of a game corporation's marketing ploys. All I was thinking of doing was playing one game, that looked pretty good. This is called time management.
*Someone might be saying "fishers, that doesn't matter because it was Bionicle and it never was his anyway." Great, just because I don't own something, I'm going to use that fanbase to line the pockets of another company's bottom line? That's the naked offense. Plain and simple.
I'm not scared of any stupid corporation. The point is that I know a shameless marketing ploy and an attempt to take advantage of people when I see it.
I'm not a game developer, but I am a programmer and I know that taking something off of a programming framework and migrating it to another is a task from hell. This is basically like asking someone to take something coded in C++ and reprogram it in Java. It's a pain in the neck and wrists.
I have no fear - it's not like the Blizzard guys can make me do anything, and I'm not suffering here if the game gets taken down, since I likely won't even be playing it. I'm angry that such a corporation that takes advantage of creators like this even exists. This is about a game developer that is being taken advantage of by Blizzard, and he is passing that onto us. He needs to go learn a different engine that doesn't leave him and all the fans of his games without agency. He needs the power to serve the fans of his games, and he doesn't have it right now. That's the point.
(And from my vantage point, having that power is worth a re-program job. I'd rather do 10 reprogram jobs than give that up.)
I hope this will be the wake-up call for him. Possession is 9/10ths of the law. And when this game is taken down by Blizzard for copyright, he will have to do exactly what I just said. Might as well do it now and avoid a lawsuit. If it doesn't get taken down, he will not be serving the Bionicle fan community as well as he could have if he started by doing the right thing.
Ironically, there is a minor concession to all of this: it being on Blizzard's servers would have allowed him to do multiplayer...but he just dropped multiplayer. Yeah. Also the Blizzard TOS could have changed in the last 6 years, which could have caused a "boiled frog" effect. I'm not blaming Crainy and I'm not judging him. A victim is never to blame, but they do have a responsibility to respect themselves and to realize when they are getting ripped off. Learn from your mistakes, and don't get taken advantage of next time.