I could wax long and winded about this, but I’ll just cite Raph:
Looking at Metaplace, Whirled, XNA and the increasing trend for democratization of game development, I’m a happy camper. Middleware like Maya, Max and game engines are still too costly, and Blender and the like aren’t worth fighting the UI (despite being powerful). Still, this is a step in the right direction.
Yes, we’ll be dealing with Sturgeon’s Law, but hey, we’re internet users, we do that already.
For my next trick, I’ll pull a rabbit out of my hat… er… find a way to pay the really creative armchair devs. Blizzard isn’t exactly happy with UI modders, and there’s certainly plenty of *junk* out there in the user-generated universe, but there are also gems, and kicking a little back to the cream of the crop is a good PR move, good for encouraging more work, and good ethics.