FellowsFilm, shameful.

Posted May 21st, 2020 by Edgy
Everyone who downloads UK mods for OMSI/OMSI 2 probably knows of a website called FellowsFilm.

It's one of the most, if not the most popular website for downloading UK mods and some of the community's best creators share their mods there. So what's the issue? FellowsFilm doesn't care about usability and they want to keep everything for themselves.

The entire purpose of our websites is to make downloading and installing mods as easy as possible without hiding download links behind ads and login systems. We want you to visit our site, download your favourite mods quickly and have them work right away.

FellowsFilm on the other hand require you to register and use no ad blocking software whatsoever. That includes privacy addons which stop websites tracking you across the web. FellowsFilm care more about their ad revenue and monopoly on the OMSI mod community than the usability of their website and privacy of their users, we'd like to know if they share that ad revenue with their mod creators.

Issue #1: Required file downloads

For those unaware what the image above is related to, it's related to a map called Strathshire, a fairly recent map at the time of posting for OMSI 2. This lists every additional download you need to download or the map will not work. So on top of downloading the map, you have to download dependencies separately. This also means the more pages you have to load, the more ad revenue they get.

You could argue it's related to mod authors not wanting their mods packaged into other people's mods, but then shame on those mod authors creating content that is INTENDED for re-use in projects, and then not allowing the work to be packaged in. It makes no sense whatsoever, it only ruins and complicates the experience for players of this game who want to just play the map. If that's not the case and mod authors have no issue with their work being packaged in with appropriate credit, it still makes no sense for FellowsFilm or authors or maps/mods to complicate the process of downloading mods.

Is it a file size issue? Mods could be split into separate files, though we find very few users have issues downloading mods from OmsiWorld so that invalidates that argument. Downloads could always be split into multiple parts but still include every required file needed.

Issue #2: Forced ads and no respect for privacy

Now this is proof that FellowsFilm care about nothing but ad revenue over your fun and enjoyment. Want to protect yourself on the web from trackers? Or maybe you just don't agree with adverts. You can forget about downloading mods from FellowsFilm, because you can't. Oh, each time you decide to enable your ad blocker you'll have to refresh the page until you've seen enough ads and given them enough money before you can download the mod. If that isn't confusing, I don't know what is.

We're not saying ads are bad, sometimes the revenue generated can support communities and FellowsFilm offer a ton of awesome free content. But if a user does not wish to be subjected to ads or wishes to protect their privacy which is their right, they shouldn't be restricted from downloading mods that FellowsFilm DO NOT OWN. Instead of totally restricting access to files, they could at least ask the user to disable their ad blocker to support the site or even allow their members to donate if they wish to support their community.

Don't get us wrong, FellowsFilm has provided a home for the mod community for some time. But they are now playing god and abusing their position, potentially ruining the experience for new players and community as a whole.

We will never monetise our website, we will never require you to register. We created this website for ourselves as much as we created it for the people who visit it. A place to quickly download mods which work first time.

Get in touch with us by emailing [email protected] if you have any questions, we'll do our best to get back to you ASAP. Until next time, we hope you enjoy playing!

How to report outdated mods

Posted January 22nd, 2020 by Edgy
We are now trialing a new feature on the file manager which allows you to report outdated mods. Some mods may have been added a long time ago, and their authors may have pushed important updates. You can let us know by clicking the "Report outdated file" button as seen below.

Files will be reviewed after this button is clicked, and if new updates are available we will add them ASAP.

Have fun! - OmsiWorld Admin

What's the deal with member walls?

Posted January 18th, 2020 by OW Admin
Thanks to everyone who has submitted bus and map requests, it helps us to find the content best suited for our site users, there's a ton of OMSI content but some of it may not be worth the time. You decide!

On that note, we've had to battle member wall upon member wall to download some files. Not to mention find alternate links due to bad file servers or dead links. We're happy to download mods for you if you're unable to register on certain websites, just let us know.

Have fun! - OmsiWorld Admin

Happy late new year!

Posted January 16th, 2020 by OW Admin
Happy late new year to everyone who uses our site, we've had some trouble accessing and uploading content to the site over recent months but we've been keeping track of how the site is being used, we've served over 4 terabytes of data over the past month, that's insane! We're so happy that we can provide a fast and efficent way to download mods, and we can't wait to add more content throughout the year to keep you busy.

If you have any UK OMSI 2 mods that we haven't added to the site yet, send us an email and let us know! All contributions are greatly appreciated so we can archive the content and keep it safe for the OMSI community.