With the introduction of paid community DLC and mods coming to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim this week it was only a matter of time before some modder ran headlong into controversy, resulting in the whole thing being taken down. The first mod to secure this dubious distinction is the "Fishing Mod" according to this Destructoid report.
Earlier this year Valve announced that it would allow third-party developers to sell additional content via Steam Workshop, much like the company has done with first party titles. This also opened the door for mod makers in the community to sell items and content for games. It used to be that selling content for games was limited to Valve owned titles like Team Fortress 2, but now creative types will be able to make and sell their content for games via the Workshop marketplace.
The first game to do this is Bethesda's popular RPG Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.
Modders have turned a 3DS into a PC remote desktop using some homebrew software on the device (and Windows 95, apparently). A post on gbatemp (a forum about modding and homebrew) describes how it all works, though the poster admits the mod is "rudimentary" at this point in time. A video (which you can watch to your left) shows the hand-held being used to remotely control a character in World of Warcraft. The game's performance isn't very good on the 3DS.
Earlier this year the PC gaming community bristled when Koei Tecmo's Yohei Shimbori, the director of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, said that he wanted PC users of the game to use it in a "moral and good manner." This morning we think we know what he meant by those comments.
Nintendo has fired off a DMCA takedown notice at Super Mario 64 HD, a remaster of Nintendo's 3D platformer for the Nintendo 64 built using Unity - according to Eurogamer. Specifically, the rework is the first level from the popular Mario game - Bob-Omb Battlefield.
Valve announced today that users can now create taunts for use in Team Fortress 2. The ability to build taunts - gestures you can make to other players while in a match - has been added to the Team Fortress 2 Workshop. So what are taunts, exactly? Here's what Valve says:
A new massive update for the PC version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim now makes it possible to create mods for the popular RPG of unlimited scope and size.
The biggest change is that the Creation Kit no longer has a file size limit for Steam Workshop mods, meaning you can now find mods in Steam Workshop that are larger than 100 MB. The update also changes the way that mods are downloaded - with everything being handled within Steam now.
A freshly released update for the PC edition of Dying Light has removed a previous ban on modding the game. You may recall that earlier this month developer Techland decided to ban the use of mods from the game for fear that it was messing with the integrity of the game's "Be The Zombie" multiplayer mode. But in its zeal to ban mods that messed with multiplayer, it also inadvertently blocked ALL modifications - including those that improved performance and tweaked the game's visual style.
Update: The ESA has apologized for the DMCA takedown notices, saying that there was some amount of confusion involved. Below is a statement it issued to Ars Technica:
Update: The ESA has issued an apology for a DMCA takedown notice that went out over the weekend. You can read its statement here.
What is now being described as a "mistake" and a "misunderstanding" had the Dark Souls community in a bit of a lather for the last several days. Apparently a company representing the interest of Bandai Namco sent out a DMCA takedown request to the host of a very popular Dark Souls PC mod. The company responsible for doing that is FDS File Defense Service, which was hired by Bandai Namco's US arm to remove Dark Souls debug mode patches from the internet.
While a lot of publications are doing the year end awards, we find the stuff the community is making infinitely more interesting. So in that spirit, we want to highlight that the community has voted for Mod DB's Players' Choice Top 100 Mods of 2014. The public voting took 10-days and saw 66,061 people pick their favorite creations.
These mods included Euro Truck 2 Multiplayer, Breaking Point for ARMA III, Enderal for Skyrim and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Lost Alpha mod.
A Steamworks mod for Plague Inc: Evolved on Steam (currently available as of this writing) is catching some heat for its highly racist themes and a title that leaves very little room for interpretation.
The name of the mod is "Niggas Conquering the World (ALPHA)," and features a picture of President Barack Obama, a caption photo of former president George W. Bush saying "Nigga what," and a photo of African American gang members holding guns.
The Sims 4 modders are certainly proving to be a creative bunch, allowing players to do everything from filling in gameplay holes to adding new features into the game. Of course, sometimes people make mods to allow the game to do things that are a little bit questionable, as highlighted in this Kotaku report.
A fan-made remake of the original Metal Gear game has been shut down by Konami, according to Metal Gear Informer. The shutdown of this project comes months after the publisher initially gave its blessing to the project. The remake was being developed by mod team Outer Heaven, who promised a recreation of the 1987 MSX and NES game. Konami gave its blessing with the condition that the remake was not sold for money.
Ubisoft has issued a statement attempting to explain why the PC version of Watch Dogs included unused graphical options hidden within its game files. The company also said that a mod enabling these features is not a good thing for PC users because it can cause a number of unwanted technical and gameplay issues.
Electronic Arts has released guidelines for what kinds of content the community can create using the new SimCity mod tools. To say that these rules put limits on the creativity of the community is probably an understatement. According to EA's guidelines the community is basically limited to cosmetic changes, such as reskins of buildings.
The standalone early access version of the zombie survival game DayZ has managed to generate sales in the $5.1 million range in its first 24 hours since launch, with new players joining the zombie survival adventure every hour (88,000 survivors joined in the first 12 hours), according to Bohemia Interactive's CEO Maruk Spanel.
He revealed on his blog that, after 24 hours of being made available, 172,500 copies of the game had been sold and 142,403 players were online. The early access version of the game landed on Steam earlier this week.
Here's a success story to inspire anyone who wants to make the leap from hobbyist mod maker to full-fledged developer: it's possible if you put love into your creation and catch someone's attention. Alexander J. Velicky, the fellow who created the popular Falskaar mod for Elder Scrolls IC: Skyrim, is now working for a big studio - and it isn't Bethesda.
Posting on the official Skyrim forums to thank everyone, Velicky revealed that he has been hired by Bungie - apparently to help out on the company's upcoming next-gen game Destiny.
The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community has made over $150,000 from the sale of the online passes related to the Operation Payback initiative. The news comes from the official Twitter account for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Launched in April of this year, the initiative features seven maps created by the community and chosen by players as the very best. The seven maps were later released on Steam as a map pack for $5.99. It will be available until the end of this month.
A new SimCity mod detailed in a YouTube video and later explained in-depth on a Reddit thread reveals that it is possible to play SimCity offline indefinitely with a few important caveats. Despite those caveats the mod shows that the game can easily be transitioned from an "always connected" game to an offline single player game, despite what both EA and Maxis have said. According to modder UKAzzer he was able to do this with a little bit of work and by enabling the game's secret debug mode. This allowed him to turn off the disconnection timer limit.
Last month, DayZ creator Dean Hall said he was very depressed by all the bad press surrounding competing zombie game The War Z.
DayZ creator Dean Hall says that all the bad press surrounding the release of rival title The War Z is so depressing that he considered quitting the industry because of it. Speaking to the Reddit community, Hall said the whole ordeal made him "pretty depressed" and made him "seriously question" his desire to be a part of the industry. He also said that the media inquiries and interview requests have caused him to retreat slightly.
Last week the creators of a Skyrim mod inspired by The Lord of the Rings called Middle-Earth Roleplaying Project (MERP) found itself staring down the barrel of a cease and desist letter from Warner Bros.
In an attempt to save the mod, the team behind MERP set up a petition urging fans and followers to convince Warner Bros. to rescind the order and make an exception for what they think could be a most exceptional mod... From the petition:
An interesting report on ShackNews reveals that some PC modifications created for Grand Theft Auto III will actually work with the recently released Android and iOS versions of the game. While the process of getting them to work is a bit cumbersome and might be complicated for some users, the results can lead to importing new cars, textures, songs, and more into the game.