Putting a New Twist to an Old Game
This is how modification can change the games we play today into the games we will be playing tomorrow.
Modifications : If you’re a gamer or understand the word you may already know what this article is going to be about. Yes, you guessed it. A modification is something that alters a game. It can be a small thing, like a different colour on your assault rifle in a war game, Or it can be a huge expansion to your RPG fantasy game.
Modifications are often made by fans of a game that want to add their own personal touch to the game. The most commonly modded games are FPS’s such as Quake and Doom. These games have been modded by either single people or large groups. Some game developers let their audience have the source code that runs the game and even give them tools to modify the game. This worked well
The player has a gunfight with members of an enemy gang, the Front Yard Ballas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
with Mojang’s MineCraft. They let the game be modded and let a community form around the game. This made it a HUGE success.
Another game this worked well for is ARMA II. Now you may be asking yourself, ‘What is this game? I’ve never heard of ARMA.’ And trust me I felt that way too. This game was No.1 on the Steam best-selling games list so there must have been a reason. Well as it turns out a group of people decided to modify the hyper-realistic war game into a post-apocolyptic zombie survival game. This led to everyone talking about it and playing it. And it also led to the modders getting positions at the company to help with the next game.
There are many success stories like this but what about those games you used to play and have forgotten? What about Grand Theft Auto : San Andreas for example? Well that is the game I am currently playing, And i’m not cruising around Grove street with Ryder and the homies, I’m flying around San Andreas with my own homies! Yes, GTA : SA has a FREE multiplayer mod. This mod is really immersive and has something for everyone! From the gunslinger to the hardcore RolePlayer. And as the game is not new, you get all the satisfation of running it on an older PC and effectively getting a new FREE game.
Also some of VALVe’s games are just mods that became official, Games such as Team Fortress were just mods of Half-Life and now they are official and independant games.
So Game Developers, Let us modify your games, give us the tools and your permission and it will most likely run in your favour.
nd to all gamers out there, Don’t give up on your old favourites, Mod them instead and get to experience that game again in a new light!