Space Engineers is a great game on its own merit. However, Space Engineers has announced they will offer paid mods. This is an unacceptable practice and I'd advise anyone who is interested in this game not to purchase it to boycott this practice.
Besides fragmenting the modding community with passionate modders and those looking to make a quick buck, this can destroy one of the longest standing pillars of PC gaming. I'm going to assume that anyone reading this review has heard of, and most likely played Counter Strike, Dota, and Team Fortress. All of these started as free community mods made by passionate modders and maintained by a passionate community, many of who downloaded the mod to see what it was all about, none of which would have happened if these mods were behind a paywall. This can also encourage publishers to push games early with the idea that the modders can patch or add missing features to an incomplete game. With Skyrim as our only example so far, many free mods are being stolen and put up on the Steam Workshop for purchase and the creators of those mods not being able to take them down.
Does anyone want to go from playing community made mods the size of DLCS to paying $0.49 for a sword reskin? No, no one at all. While people might respond to me saying that modders should get paid for their work, I agree in some situations and this is not the way to do it. Besides putting their wall behind a paywall and making it inaccessable for many, the modders only get 25% of the revenue while the game developer gets 45% and Valve makes 30%. So if you think, hey this new questline mod is worth $5, I'll buy it to support the modder you're only giving him $1.25 while the developer gets $2.25, and Valve makes $1.50. This should disgust everyone that Valve and the publishers are trying to suck nickels and dimes from every nook and cranny of gaming with the excuse that the players are entitled and need to support the modders. You know what supports the modders? Donation buttons. If you really enjoy a mod, or a modders work than you can throw $5 his way, he earned it and Valve doesn't take a single penny from it.
Dont let Valve ruin PC gaming, stop buying games from Valve, don't purchase these mods, join boycott groups, spread the word, and most importantly send Valve and Gabe an e-mail to state your opinion and dissatisfaction with their attempt to nickle and dime us at everyone corner and inform them you will not be buying anymore games from their marketplace until paid mods are removed from the Steam Workshop.