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The Gameplay Effects of Video Game Mods

by Henry Emmanuel
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Game mods have been around for a very long time. Gamers have always enjoyed using a cheat or two, and they have always enjoyed using unofficial features, which can change gaming speeds, gameplay options, the character’s look and feel, and, of course, appearances. From Fallout to Final Fantasy and from Resident Evil to Dark Souls, mods can have both a positive as well as a negative impact on the overall gameplay. The question is, should players use mods in order to adjust the original, or should they just stick to what the developer has created and play the game the way it was supposed to be played from the start?

Most Games Are Good Enough even without Mods

In all honesty, gaming studios do a great job, and, on most occasions, there is no need for unofficial adjustments to the main content. This applies both to the popular console or PC video games as well as to gaming alternatives such as online casino games against live dealers. Players should trust that the developers know best and that it is always best if a game gets improved via official releases rather than through modifications created by the code-savvy fans of a game. The reason for that is that unofficial mods or patches can sometimes come with bugs, which can negatively affect the user experience.

Know how each Mod Will Affect Your Game

When a modification is good, it can give a whole new perspective to a game. However, it can also make the game inappropriate for a large number of players. A very recent example of a mod that did just that is WickedWhims, which can be patched to Sims 4. This nudity mod will take Sims 4 to a whole new level of “inappropriate”. Therefore, Sims players should think twice before installing it, especially if there are younger individuals in the household or facility where the game is being played.

Not All Mods Are Bad

Not all mods are like WickedWhims. There are many mods that can make a game a lot more fun for every player, regardless of their age. A very good example is the Spider-Man mod, which can change the appearance of the homonymous character. When players use this mod, they can turn Spider-Man to Stan Lee, to Kingpin, to Venom and to other popular characters from the Marvel universe. The mechanics of the game do not change that much, but it is truly funny seeing a bigger size character like Kingpin swinging from one skyscraper to another.

Games like Fallout and The Elder Scrolls are known for their mods. By using any of the countless fan-made modifications, players can change the landscapes, the abilities or the appearance of characters, the dialogue options, and last but not least, the timeline of the game’s story. In Skyrim for example, players can hop over the intro of the game, they can turn Skyrim into Westeros, or they can give the main character god-like abilities. These modifications are pretty fun, but if the player chooses to install them, then they will not be able to earn awards for their accomplishments. A good approach for mod lovers is to play and finish the game in its original form once and then replay it using the mods they like.


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