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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 2 of 3    
Basic Management.

Wally Playing ModsThe best part of modding is playing them and it could not be easier with 99% of released mods only a short download away. Still, for those unsure what this all means, the following guide explains how to find, download, install and fire-up the mods you want to play.

Find Mods

With over 3,800 mods (1,831 released and counting) from 508 games it should not be too much of a struggle to find a mod. The best place to start is over at the mod listing where you can choose what you are after (i.e. multiplayer, fun, first person shooter) and let the site do the work for you. It is also good to keep up to date with the latest news and features which are bound to cover the best and most active mods out there! If you are still not satisfied head to our games list, choose your favourite and you'll be shown the released and most popular mods for it, it's that easy!


Before you begin downloading, remember you must have the original game installed to be able to play a mod based off it. A simple requirement but an essential one, so don't run off and download 100 mods thinking they are just going to work!

So you have found a mod you like, what now? Well the obvious check is making sure it is released to the public! This can at times be a frustrating 'cross your fingers' ordeal with so many mods in development (and supposedly near completion) versus mods which are finished and there to play. To compound the confusion - mods can be released as an internal alpha or private beta where only a select number of people have access to it! To help you out we've got our download center and the ability to search for released mods only. To make things easier we'll assume you have downloaded a mod you're dying to play.


You are now ready to install. Unfortunately to put it bluntly - this can sometimes be a real tough process with plenty of interaction and manual configuration required. This is especially the case with non-mod friendly games where files must be shifted about and occasionally even overwritten. If this is the situation consult any readme you can find and the mods homepage / forum which is bound to help you out. If all else fails, post a question on the mods profile in Mod DB, someone is bound to have had and solved a similar issue. Fortunately however, especially now that developers and game companies are becoming increasingly more professional in dealing with and creating mods, this is generally not what happens. All you need to know is how to click 'next twice' and you're done!

Every mod is different, there are no established standards therefore that is all we can say to help you out. If in doubt RTM (read the manual)... annoying aren't they!?

Get Playing! Load. Select. Configure. Game. Repeat!

  • Load the game
  • Select your mod
  • Configure any settings
  • Start gaming!
  • Stop for food, school, sleep
  • Repeat!

If you have made it this far, why are you still reading... get playing! Just don't forget to contact the mod team, provide feedback and let them know you have given their mod a shot! The majority of developers do it for the fans, so speak up and show your support. Who said nothing good in life is free?

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INtense! Nov 11 2007, 9:21am 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, 9:13pm replied:

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

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DonBre May 25 2014, 5:52pm replied:


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Spector Nov 11 2007, 3:43pm says:

Rock out with your spanner out. O_o

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five_damned_dollarz Nov 13 2007, 11:35pm 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, 1:08pm buried:


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

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grudgE. Nov 19 2007, 7:26pm says:

Jolly good tutorial!

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DeadDrop12 Nov 22 2007, 2:47pm says:

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

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Persuer-NL Apr 19 2013, 3:49am 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, 3:25am says:

Thank you this is very helpful

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SiriusSam_TwL Dec 12 2007, 9:04pm says:

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

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layth1234567890-= Dec 24 2007, 12:10pm buried:



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rgkimball Jan 21 2008, 11:33pm 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, 1:54pm replied:

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

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Jyffeh Feb 19 2009, 7:49pm replied:

'Their' is definitely correct in that example.

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modmaker2008 Feb 3 2008, 3:34pm says:

nice tutoriul

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oddjob-123 Feb 23 2008, 6:45am 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, 3:53pm 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, 2:02pm replied:

i hope you're jokeing cuase that is illegal

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Treg_Aichi Mar 5 2008, 8:31pm 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, 9:47am buried:



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jesse301 Mar 9 2008, 9:49am says:

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

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JackKnife Jun 23 2008, 2:12am says:

This is a great introduction article! Thanks!

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Skull-Wart Jul 4 2008, 10:48am 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, 9:29pm 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, 9:03pm says:

Awesome Read.

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Dullshooter Mar 7 2009, 10:33pm says:

Funny thing is half life quake is a mod!

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scarface9655 Mar 29 2009, 8:50pm says:

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

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Rigelblast Apr 7 2009, 6:20pm 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, 11:16am 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, 8:45am 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, 5:27pm replied:

Try TibEd (

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PedobearNED Sep 18 2009, 2:17pm says:

and get involved. for what? :D

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salolito42 Oct 13 2009, 9:08pm says:


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Salsa_Shark Nov 7 2009, 8:37pm says:

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

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anden9603 Nov 12 2009, 1:54am says:

i want to learn to make mods

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ant7890 Nov 27 2009, 10:39am says:

how do we start

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[Night_Stalker] Jan 7 2010, 8:49pm 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, 4:53pm 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, 11:10am says:

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

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cW#Ravenblood Mar 1 2010, 8:32am says:

Awesome :)

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CockyBoi Apr 1 2010, 1:27am says:

Thanks Cap!

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.id Apr 18 2010, 7:54am says:

Too Many to read , Make me lazy.

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Cozmin95 Apr 23 2010, 10:40am says:

The teacher looks awesome! =D

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4CH! May 10 2010, 9:36am says:

Nice !

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Kyou. May 18 2010, 9:41pm says:

yeh the teacher is the shizzle

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OTPIdARP May 21 2010, 5:52am says:

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

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