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If you are new to the Mod DB or just mods in general, this page will provide all the information you need to get involved. Whether you want to play, make, discuss or simply read about mods, we have everything to get you started.

Posted by INtense! on Nov 11th, 2007 Page 1 of 3    
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Learn modding

What is a mod?

Mod, short for modification is a term generally applied to a customised (or altered) computer game made by the general public. A mod can range from a total conversion with new gameplay, look and feel through to minor alterations which could include new models, weapons, maps etc. There are plenty of types and tons of styles, a mod can be anything the creators want it to be.


The purpose of a mod is to change the game and add an extra dimension of replay ability and excitement. Mods have even being known to outshine the original game, and playing such a mod may become even more common than playing the unmodded original. They increase the lifecycle and sales of games, benefiting both the players and the publishers who both get more bang for their buck!


Every mod is different, that's what is great about them. If you cannot find something you like, you are not looking hard enough.

Mods can be single player, multiplayer, first person shooters, real time strategies, comical, fun, realistic or serious - they can even combine all of these elements and more. Each has its own flavour, there are plenty to choose from and it is up too you, to find the mix you like.

Are they free?

Anyone who complains "nothing good in life is free" needs to be shown a few mods. In-general they are free, in-fact all are free, so get gaming and give as many as you can a shot. Of course a ton of effort goes into making a mod, all done for our benefit and entertainment, so show your support for the mod teams. Little things like participating in their forums, emailing feedback, becoming a developer and doing some work goes a long way. Get involved and who knows, you may even see some of your ideas make there way into a game!

Mod friendliness

Until recently, the majority of mods were made for First Person Shooters (such as Quake, Halflife, UT, Doom) since these games actively supported the modding scene, providing SDKs (software development kits) and development tools. Following the phenomenal success of mods such as Counter-Strike and Red Orchestra (which have since become standalone games), publishers have realised the value of mods and more and more games are opening up.

You can now find mods for Real Time Strategies such as Starcraft and C&C: Generals, mods for sport games such as Need For Speed and NBA Live. Even games such as Grand Theft Auto
which don't actively support mods, have been modded as crafty developers find a way around the restrictions, to change and improve the original game (but this is not encouraged!)

The mod friendliness still varies on a game-by-game basis, with games in the UT
line-up providing a scripting engine, which with very little work allows the game to be customized extremely efficiently. Others such as The Sims allow limited modifications such as changing a characters clothes and attributes but nothing else. Civilisation
is yet another game, which allows settings to be changed to manage the speed of units but very little else. Rest assured that all games listed on Mod DB are moddable in some form, so if you are interested - read on and get developing!

Mod DB

Mod DB has everything and anything related to mods covered. Whether you are interested in reading, discussing, developing or playing mods, we are a one stop site. So if you have not done so already sign up, join the community - and get involved. Oh, and if it is mods you are after, a great feature to get you started is our unique ModWatch (mw). Simply find mods which capture your attention, click the 'Watch' button, and let Mod DB do the hard work - notifying you each time they update!

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INtense! Nov 11 2007 says:

An old tutorial I wrote for v3 now on v4. Enjoy for those that have not already read it!

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WaLTaRRoN Jul 16 2011 replied:

You are the white knight in shining armor of this society!

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DonBre May 25 2014 replied:


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Spector Nov 11 2007 says:

Rock out with your spanner out. O_o

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five_damned_dollarz Nov 13 2007 says:

Nah, you gotta put the Spanner guy back in the frontpage, he's too cool to NOT be there!

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BlueWolf72 Nov 16 2007 buried:


This is sexy... I got hungry reading this!

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grudgE. Nov 19 2007 says:

Jolly good tutorial!

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DeadDrop12 Nov 22 2007 says:

is there a mod that i can download on my psp?

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Persuer-NL Apr 19 2013 replied:

NZP-nazi zombies portable, just like CoD WAW, BO and BOII. NZP is easy to make maps for, i made one, but i had problem with windows and baricades.

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budmaloney Nov 24 2007 says:

Thank you this is very helpful

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SiriusSam_TwL Dec 12 2007 says:

Thanks for whipping this tutorial back guys. It is really helpful.

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layth1234567890-= Dec 24 2007 buried:



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rgkimball Jan 21 2008 says:

Fix: "Get involved and who knows, you may even see some of your ideas make there way into a game!"

It's 'their' not 'there'.

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thojoh370 Jul 8 2008 replied:

Depends what situation you are using it in. I think that looks just OK..

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Jyffeh Feb 19 2009 replied:

'Their' is definitely correct in that example.

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modmaker2008 Feb 3 2008 says:

nice tutoriul

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oddjob-123 Feb 23 2008 says:

Don't you have to pay for the latest version of Garry's Mod? Nice tutorial by the way.

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Raveneve Feb 27 2008 says:

I wabt to make a Total Conversion of the Mmorpg Wolrd Of warcraft
I want to make a Bleach version , its gonne have 3 worlds
Spirrit Realm Eahrt Realm en The hollow Realm

I seek people how want to help me im working on a website now for it
my Email adress is

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radromity Jun 4 2010 replied:

i hope you're jokeing cuase that is illegal

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Treg_Aichi Mar 5 2008 says:

Hey, nice walk-through with terms and stuff, but how do you actually START? Like et into the game's codes and stuff? I IM'd my friend, but I forgot that he's playing Spiderman right now...

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jesse301 Mar 9 2008 buried:



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jesse301 Mar 9 2008 says:

hi everybody. no seriuosly whats up yuris revenge is so cooooolllll

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JackKnife Jun 23 2008 says:

This is a great introduction article! Thanks!

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Skull-Wart Jul 4 2008 buried:


yeah yeah great it didn't solve my original question HOW TO ADD MODS that is what do you do to play the mods what do you do with the folder witch it came from WHAT DO YOU DO

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koogco Aug 7 2008 replied:

it depends on the mod.
a half life 2 mod (as an example) you place in (or installed to) your steam/steamapps/sourcemods folder. and then they can just be started from steam instead of the original game.
other games have the option of sellecting which mods to include when you start the game.
mostly, the website, or a textfile comming along with the mod tell you how to do.

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MrMattWebb Feb 21 2009 says:

Awesome Read.

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Dullshooter Mar 7 2009 says:

Funny thing is half life quake is a mod!

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scarface9655 Mar 29 2009 says:

how do you use mod i downloaded it but im lost lol

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Rigelblast Apr 7 2009 says:

This tutorial is well-written, interesting and a very good read. It covers its subject perfectly, from the definition of "mod" to playing and making mods. I also think this tutorial is useful and helpful.

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Sasukereturns May 24 2009 says:

Someone please make a detailed tutorial on making a mod for Jedi Academy. I want to make a force repulse mod to replace force push in the game, but I know absolutely nothing about modding. Please help.

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jayr066 Jun 7 2009 says:

can anyone teach me how to modify yuri's revenge???


i want to mix yuri's revenge and tiberian sun firestorm in my own please help me thing im new in modding so please....

very thanks a lot who may reply and help me!!!

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WaLTaRRoN Jan 3 2011 replied:

Try TibEd (

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PedobearNED Sep 18 2009 says:

and get involved. for what? :D

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salolito42 Oct 13 2009 says:


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Salsa_Shark Nov 7 2009 says:

Well I don't know about every one else but I found that very helpful :)

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anden9603 Nov 12 2009 says:

i want to learn to make mods

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ant7890 Nov 27 2009 says:

how do we start

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[Night_Stalker] Jan 7 2010 says:

"Out shine the original game." Is exactly, what City 17: Episode 1 is doing so well. And excellent tutorial Intense.

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kazarr Feb 7 2010 says:

Duke Nukem Forever finally hit the shelves though. Seriously. It happened! -instert mass hysteria here- It must be armageddon!

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migmax Feb 25 2010 says:

I cant read english a damn **** can someone be kind and help me?

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cW#Ravenblood Mar 1 2010 says:

Awesome :)

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CockyBoi Apr 1 2010 says:

Thanks Cap!

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.id Apr 18 2010 says:

Too Many to read , Make me lazy.

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Cozmin95 Apr 23 2010 says:

The teacher looks awesome! =D

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4CH! May 10 2010 says:

Nice !

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Kyou. May 18 2010 says:

yeh the teacher is the shizzle

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OTPIdARP May 21 2010 says:

Great, I got many points for modding which didn't know. Any way, thanks!

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