Monday, August 23rd, 2004
AUG 23
A Different Side of Modding - General News | @ 12:02 AM MDT | By rappo
This is an interesting survey being conducted by Tero Laukkanen, a researcher at the Hypermedia Laboratory / Game Research Lab of the University of Tampere, Finland. Here's information on the purpose of this survey:
Hello GTA modders,

As a part of a research project on user-created game content and gaming communities, I conducted email interviews with GTA modders in May-June. I can now finally present some preliminary findings from those interviews. I apologize if this has taken longer than expected.

The purpose of the interviews was to gain an insiderís view to the GTA modding scene as a whole and to better understand the mindset of an individual GTA modder. Issues of particular interest were the motivations behind modding (and game selection), the dynamics of the online community, and the relationship between modders and game developers. The responses from GTAForums members provided valuable insights on all these areas, but also left some questions open and raised new questions.

Rather than sending out a new round of email interviews, I have included some additional queries among the findings. To answer the follow-up questions and/or comment the findings, reply directly to the forum thread. Who knows, maybe some actual discussion will arise here. And feel free to share your two cents whether you participated in the initial interview or not!

The topics covered are:

- Modder profiles and motivations
- Modding as a social (?) hobby
- Learning the craft
- Modding the GTAs
- The issue of developer support

Note: Throughout the summations I will include anonymous quotations directly from the interviews. I have shortened some of the quotations (missing parts marked [Ö]) and corrected some typos.

Tero Laukkanen, Researcher
Game Research Lab
University of Tampere, Finland

For more information on this survey, visit this thread at

To take the survey, visit the MC2 MODDING SURVEY (phase 2) - Grand Theft Auto III / Vice City page.
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ERM!!!OK!!!I Dont know what to say so i wont to save me thinking of a large comment!!!
08-23-2004 03:21 AM
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Go finland!
08-23-2004 11:52 AM
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I am finnish also, I'm actually from the same city as him!
08-24-2004 02:11 AM

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