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A Blog Post for GameBanana

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!

Why CD-ROMs?

We decided to go with CD-ROMs over other storage formats for multiple reasons:
  1. 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.
  2. Most of our mods are less than 700mb, making DVDs a waste.
  3. 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.
  4. Most gamers have at least two CD-ROM drives, making installation of multiple mods at once now possible.
  5. 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.

Who pays?

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.

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    I didn't realize that was a joke...

    Guess I'm saved this time. :]
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    Hah, got me fooled up until that the mod creators would pay the fee
    In my defense I'm tired as hell and reading it on april 3rd (-'_'-)

    That said it's honestly not an entirely ridiculous idea, if some people out there's internet is really as bad as they make it out to be. Or at least it would've been a couple years ago

    Imagine some lad in central Siberia calling in to order a disk-worth of memes.. heh
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    I get it! April Fools! You got us. lol

    Edit: Even though this may seem like a joke, but it would've been nice to help a lot of others on their troubles. 
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    This strikes me as especially amusing since my area just received fully capable/non-limiting broadband a few months ago.

    I was smirking while browsing through the article, till I hit the "Who Pays" section.  Then I was rolling. ^_^
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    Why does the button redirect here? I want my mods on a cd, dammit
    y tho
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    I see. I can't wait to use "Scout's Bat Dildo" as a real life model, freshly 3D Printed.
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    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?
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    This is going to be so effective and useful for us modders.
    You have a bad meme
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    Oh man, he got me there for like 5 min. I know I'm not the sharpest tool in the box, but come on! I could do better than that -_-
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