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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!

Download

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.

Installation

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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OTPIdARP
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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hardcoregamer24
hardcoregamer24 May 24 2010, 2:56am says:

Great Tutorial. Good Luck With Other Tuts

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zerocreatorz
zerocreatorz May 26 2010, 6:23pm says:

nice intro and tutorial, helped alot seeing as i dont want to be building webpages just yet.

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ausbushman
ausbushman May 29 2010, 8:23pm says:

Thank you for this ex-
planation.

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Soap_Suds
Soap_Suds Jun 6 2010, 8:43am says:

Thanks for this, i now feel slightly less n00bish.

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calvin1007
calvin1007 Jul 5 2010, 8:22pm says:

ugh now i need to know how to change my avatar i dont want an X =(

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Alsnana
Alsnana Jul 30 2010, 2:02pm says:

COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!

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gert7
gert7 Aug 15 2010, 4:13am says:

Typo:

Get involved and who knows, you may even see some of your ideas make *THEIR* way into a game!

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero Oct 7 2010, 10:00am says:

DUKE NUKEM FOREVER IS COMING! :)

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lukaluka94
lukaluka94 Jan 1 2011, 6:11am replied:

And it's taking forever before it comes out lol

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Genghis91
Genghis91 Nov 22 2010, 7:59am says:

Thank you for this guide, I'm reasured that I can make my small scale mod some time now, I just the time to do it eh :)

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Mariner-95
Mariner-95 Jan 3 2011, 2:01pm says:

Im new here, iv downloaded a mod for GTA IV on ps3, and i dont know how to install it nd stuff.. i have it on my memory stick but i dont know what to do, please reply to this if you know what to do.

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csimami
csimami Feb 6 2011, 5:14am says:

i thought mods for GTA IV where only for PC and XBOX360

PS:correct me if it is wrong
PSPS:sry for bad english :3

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kardo
kardo Feb 19 2011, 8:12am says:

how to add mods plz help

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XManXHunterX
XManXHunterX Mar 18 2011, 10:30am says:

the ad should be changed because nuke duken forever is coming so lolololol

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Ian50028
Ian50028 Apr 30 2011, 7:00pm says:

Excellent

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Rossroxx
Rossroxx May 26 2011, 2:05pm says:

:P change the ad!

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superjerk123
superjerk123 Jul 2 2011, 4:44pm says:

Hi, I'm trying to learn about this, I don't understand let's say I want an mw2 zombie mod...do I download it from a computer or from my ps3?

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Scorpion77
Scorpion77 Jul 7 2011, 7:11pm says:

You cant download mods for PS3 or any console for that matter. Only for PC games.

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SiPlus
SiPlus Jul 8 2011, 1:59pm says:

Still waiting for Duke Nukem Forever...

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madcroc
madcroc Aug 9 2011, 5:14pm says:

I am kinda new here, and also a crashday fan. would anyone be kind enough to give or post a tutorial for making mods for crashday.

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Le@Der_KinGZeRo
Le@Der_KinGZeRo Aug 13 2011, 9:58pm says:

where I can make a MOD ??
and what softwere??..

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Denis_48
Denis_48 Aug 17 2011, 4:06am says:

Duke Nukem Forever? It's out guys!

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felixninja
felixninja Aug 18 2011, 2:59am says:

loveth of thiseth.

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Nahinfi09
Nahinfi09 Sep 19 2011, 2:08pm says:

any 1 wanna help in cleo scripting plz let me know

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terrorist12341
terrorist12341 Sep 20 2011, 4:05pm says:

go ahead and bury this comment

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TheTriangulum
TheTriangulum Nov 6 2011, 1:10pm says:

I want to start doing some major modding on Star Wars Empire At War Forces of Corruption but I have no experience in modding at all.
Only map making :P Any tutorials to help me get started?

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passwh
passwh Dec 31 2011, 1:14am says:

I created my own super SCAR and super FY71 in crysis sandbox and I want to
enable them both. How can I do this?

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Skyrim15
Skyrim15 Feb 8 2012, 1:03am says:

idk how to mod a game, someone help me? idk how to mod at all.

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feillyne Staff
feillyne Jun 18 2012, 7:03pm replied:

Skyrim? You can
1) install Skyrim on Steam
2) install Creation Kit on Steam
3) go to creationkit.com

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king_jessum
king_jessum Apr 15 2012, 10:12am says:

ok good

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junbug
junbug Aug 9 2012, 2:39pm says:

great tutorial

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0R74ND0
0R74ND0 Nov 9 2012, 10:11am says:

TL;DR jk but dayyum that's alot of info c:

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crushy77
crushy77 Jan 30 2013, 5:14am says:

i'm a complete newbei who wnts to knoe how to create mods please help

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alabamyman
alabamyman May 28 2013, 6:45pm says:

i need help i dont know how to download mods

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Gpplayer34
Gpplayer34 Aug 14 2013, 5:13pm says:

Can Someone Please Help Me Im New And Don't Know How To Register A Game

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suicidalnapkin
suicidalnapkin Oct 12 2013, 5:10pm says:

I have an idea of making a video game that can go from say first person shooter to a naruto type to other various types like there a bunch of different environments and angles of play, so I'm wondering is it possible to run two different engines simultaneously or if its possible to make a program that could run them together? NOTE: this is for the creation of a single game thus copyright laws do not include as it is consider private ownership

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