Starting tomorrow, GameBanana will offer a CD-ROM mailer option for most mods, instead of downloading the mod file over the Internet.
Due to unprecedented demand, particularly from users in rural areas where Internet speeds are slow and patchy, we finally put a down-payment on 120,000 blank CD-ROMs and a commercial grade auto-loading CD burner. When you click CD-ROM Mailer a blank CD-ROM will be auto-loaded and burned with your requested mod file, all in real-time. Please do not click the link multiple times!
We decided to go with CD-ROMs over other storage formats for multiple reasons:
CD-ROMs are very cheap - there is still a huge glut of blank CD-ROMs left over from 1997 when most CD-ROM foundries closed.
Most of our mods are less than 700mb, making DVDs a waste.
CD-ROMs can be mailed without any case or container - simply a postage stamp on the back of the CD-ROM is sufficient. The postal service is able to run the CD-ROM to determine the recipient's address, which is encoded in the first 256 bytes of data.
Most gamers have at least two CD-ROM drives, making installation of multiple mods at once now possible.
CD-ROMs can also be played backwards - this will arrange the mod's bytes in reverse order, creating a slightly different mod with new colors and sound effects.
Currently, we think the fairest way to run the CD-ROM mailer program is to charge mod creators each time a CD-ROM of their mod is requested. Each month, mod creators will receive an invoice from GameBanana listing the number of CD-ROM mailers that went out and the total cost.
What about small mods?
Using an entire CD-ROM for a small mod is a waste - that's why we'll be putting mods smaller than 1.44 megabytes on a floppy disk. Don't have a floppy disk drive? Don't worry, all our floppy disks come with a retractable micro USB cable, making them compatible with virtually any device.
Stay tuned for updates to the Mailer program - next month we plan to add support for a 3D Print option for all mods - get any mod in physical form at any scale you require.
Despite the date today, April the first, this seems rather logical for very large mods. Except the paying part, if I want to give away money, I would expect something in return. Maybe the requester could pay for it?