Moving back to modding, there are a few things I would like to say as I fall into the category of "I don't want to try mods, vanilla should be perfect in every way for everyone". Well....almost fall into that category...
Vanilla should not require mods in order for it to be 'perfect'. All customers should have the right to expect that the product being released is in fact sufficent without requiring modificaiton.
In fact, imo, as a developer you know you have a GREAT game when the players actually DONT take the time to make mods because they are so immersed in the vanilla.
Naturally, their will be a eventual progression towards mods in a great game cause, afterall....it's a great game. However, the duration after release it takes for those mods to start being made, greatly impact the perception as to how great that game actually was to begin with. Again, imo.
I can see that, after release, if mods are being released within a week, reviewers are going to look at it and say "this game is incomplete. Modders attacked it almost right away. Pass"
Instead, if after release no modding pops up for awhile, reviewers are going to say "Wow. This game must be really good. Sales are high, yet no modding. This must be a REALLY spectacular product."
That's the way I see it anyways. Just wanted to post my thoughts...