Mod

A mod (short for modification) is a modified version of a video game made by altering the original or vanilla code. Video game enthusiasts use modding to fix bugs, add levels, or invent a completely new game. This extends the game s life, replay value, and public interest. Some mods are so well done that they have become available for purchase or have been released as brand new games.

Because of the popularity of modding, developers began releasing a game s open-source software which allows users to make and distribute their mods. Many games also come with modding tools.

Types of mods

  • Total conversion mod describes making such drastic modifications to the graphics and gameplay, that the original game is unrecognizable. An example would be the extremely popular total conversion of Half-Life into Black Mesa.
  • Overhaul mods are focused on giving the game completely new graphics, but not changing it so much that the original is unrecognizable.
  • Add-on is typically a smaller mod where a new character, weapon, map, or level is added to a game.
  • Unofficial patch refers to a mod that fixes a bug not addressed in an official patch released by the game developer.
  • Graphical art mods focus on upgrading the original game s graphics quality by adding high-definition textures, changing the color balance, or modifying the game s appearance.

Popular games to mod

  • Minecraft
  • Skyrim
  • Half-Life
  • Grand Theft Auto

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