Mod (video gaming)

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A mod (short for "modification") is an alteration by players or fans of a video game that changes one or more aspects of a video game, such as how it looks or behaves.wikipedia
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Mod DB

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Popular websites dedicated to modding include Nexus Mods, GameBanana, Mod DB, and Steam Workshop.
Mod Database, or Mod DB, is a website that focuses on general video game modding.

Battlefield 1942

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"Vanilla Battlefield 1942", for example, refers to the original, unmodified game.
It is a popular platform for mod developers, with a large number of released modifications that alter the gameplay and theme.

Video game art

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This has led to the rise of artistic video game modification, as well as machinima and the demoscene.
Video game art often involves the use of patched or modified video games or the repurposing of existing games or game structures, however it relies on a broader range of artistic techniques and outcomes than artistic modification and it may also include painting, sculpture, appropriation, in-game intervention and performance, sampling, etc.

Machinima

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This has led to the rise of artistic video game modification, as well as machinima and the demoscene.
Another important feature of Doom was that it allowed players to create their own modifications, maps, and software for the game, thus expanding the concept of game authorship.

Video game

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A mod (short for "modification") is an alteration by players or fans of a video game that changes one or more aspects of a video game, such as how it looks or behaves.
Personal computers are not dedicated game platforms, so there may be differences running the same game in different hardware, also the openness allows some features to developers like reduced software cost, increased flexibility, increased innovation, emulation, creation of modifications ("mods"), open hosting for online gaming (in which a person plays a video game with people who are in a different household) and others.

First-person shooter

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While first-person shooters are popular games to mod, the virtual pet genre with games such as Petz (1995) and Creatures (1996) fostered younger modders, particularly girls.
In 1999, the Half-Life mod Counter-Strike was released and, together with Doom, is perhaps one of the most influential first-person shooters.

Quake (video game)

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Mods for Quake (1996) such as "Capture the Flag" and "Team Fortress" became standard features in later games in the shooter genre.
Teamplay is also frequently played with one or another mod.

GameBanana

Popular websites dedicated to modding include Nexus Mods, GameBanana, Mod DB, and Steam Workshop.
GameBanana is a video game modding website founded in 2000, originally under the name CSCentral. Over the years, the site has undergone several name and content changes, including CSBanana and FPSBanana. The website provides a number of services, such as the ability to download game mods as well as participate in the community forums and other activities which do not directly involve video games or modding.

Desert Combat

For advanced mods such as Desert Combat that are total conversions, complicated modeling and texturing software is required to make original content.
Desert Combat (DC) is a mod for the first-person shooter (FPS) computer game Battlefield 1942, created by Trauma Studios.

Steam (software)

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Popular websites dedicated to modding include Nexus Mods, GameBanana, Mod DB, and Steam Workshop.
The first mod released on the system was Day of Defeat.

Doom (1993 video game)

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Doom (1993) was the first game to have a large modding community.
Gaining the first large mod-making community, Doom affected the culture surrounding first-person shooters, and also the industry.

Vanilla software

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The term vanilla is often used to make this distinction.
In PC games, the term "vanilla" is often used to describe the original version of a game, which has not been modified with third-party addons, developer updates, downloadable content (DLC) or patches. It can also refer to the original game engine when source ports or expansion packs are available. For example, World of Warcraft could refer to either the original game ordered and of the expansion packs, so users may refer to the original as "vanilla" to distinguish it from the subsequent versions.

Macologist

The mod specialist site for Macs, Macologist, has created GUI launchers and installers for many UT2004 mods, as well as solving cross-platform conversion issues for mods for other games.
Macologist specializes in technical support issues as well as the conversion and hosting of mods for first-person shooter games such as Unreal Tournament 2004, Battlefield 1942, Call of Duty, Homeworld 2, and Doom 3.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as well as its predecessors, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, are examples of highly moddable games, with an official editor available for download from the developer.
It requires an installation of the original game, as it uses the Bethesda game data files, and supports many third-party mods.

Neverwinter Nights

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The advertising campaign for Neverwinter Nights (2002) focused on the included Aurora toolset.
Additionally, several third party utilities have further expanded the community's ability to create custom content for the game.

Video game industry

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Three motivations have been identified by Olli for fans to create mods: to patch the game, to express themselves, and to get a foot in the door of the video game industry.
Game developers and publishers sometimes employ those with extensive or long-term experience within the modding communities.

DayZ (mod)

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In early 2012, the DayZ modification for ARMA 2 was released and caused a massive increase in sales for the three-year-old game, putting it in the top spot for online game sales for a number of months and selling over 300,000 units for the game.
DayZ is a multiplayer open world survival third-person shooter modification designed by Dean Hall for the 2009 tactical shooter video game ARMA 2 and its 2010 expansion pack, ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead.

Dota 2

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A similar case is that of Valve Corporation, when they hired Defense of the Ancients lead designer IceFrog in developing Dota 2.
The game is a sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA), which was a community-created mod for Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion pack, The Frozen Throne.

Defense of the Ancients

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A similar case is that of Valve Corporation, when they hired Defense of the Ancients lead designer IceFrog in developing Dota 2.
Defense of the Ancients (DotA) is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) mod for the video game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

Epic Games

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id Software's Doom 3 Radiant tool and Epic Games' UnrealEd are examples of this.
The company launched the Make Something Unreal competition in 2004, aiming to reward video game developers who create mods using the Unreal game engine.

Rhye's and Fall of Civilization

For example, a number of fan-made maps, scenarios and mods, such as the "Best of the Net" collection and "Double Your Pleasure", were included in the Civilization II expansion Fantastic Worlds and the Civilization III expansion Play the World, and in the Civilization IV expansion Beyond the Sword, two existing mods, Rhye's and Fall of Civilization and Fall from Heaven made their way into the expansion (the latter through a spin-off called Age of Ice ).
Rhye's and Fall of Civilization (RFC) is a "fan scenario" (mod) for the 2005 computer game Sid Meier's Civilization IV.

Creatures (video game series)

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While first-person shooters are popular games to mod, the virtual pet genre with games such as Petz (1995) and Creatures (1996) fostered younger modders, particularly girls.
The object-oriented approach means that the games are highly modifiable.

The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall

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Daggerfall was much less moddable, but some people released their own modifications nevertheless.
After the end of official support by Bethesda, some mod makers have repaired bugs in the latest official release of Daggerfall with community patches or engine remakes.

Valve Corporation

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A similar case is that of Valve Corporation, when they hired Defense of the Ancients lead designer IceFrog in developing Dota 2.
Ltd., the makers of the Team Fortress mod for Quake, in May 1998 with the intent to create a standalone Team Fortress game.

BioWare

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The advertising campaign for Neverwinter Nights (2002) focused on the included Aurora toolset.
Others came with modding toolkits, allowing the fan community to implement original adventures using the technology of BioWare's games.