Items tagged with modding

You have to hand it to Bethesda, the company isn't letting the success of Fallout 4 get to its head. After winning Game of the Year honors (plus a spattering of other awards) at the DICE Awards show in Las Vegas last week, it would be easy to call it a day and more onto the next project. Instead, Bethesda has some fun updates planned, including one that will bring mod support for Fallout 4.Just before the awards show, the folks at Game Informer had a chance to interview Todd Howard, director and executive producer of Bethesda. According to Howard, you can expect to see mods in a couple of months, at least for PC—mod support is also coming for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but not before it lands... Read more...
Given the incredible modding scene that surrounded Grand Theft Auto IV, it seemed inevitable that GTA V would follow suit. So far, that seems to be the case, although it will probably take some time before some of the best mods will be seen. Nonetheless, with prospects of great mods also comes prospects of other people trying to ruin your day, by giving you something extra with that mod. At GTAForum, user aboutseven notes that their PC was recently infected with malware, and after investigating, found that the source was a popular GTA V mod called Angry Planes. Since the post was made, many others joined in with confirmation, and another mod, called Simple Noclip, was also found to be packing... Read more...
That didn't take long. Last Thursday, Valve rolled out a new feature as part of its Steamworks platform that allowed the sale of mods, and it took no time at all before what seemed like the entire Internet exploded at the seams and started flinging ire towards the company. Valve screwed up, and bad. I hate to jump to conclusions, but I feel as though Valve had to have known there'd be some backlash to this. Let's be real: Valve understands the gamer market well. It's managed to monetize hats! It's also a company that built some successful franchises that had roots in free mods. Well, understanding that there will be manageable backlash is one thing, but what we got was something else - an eruption... Read more...
My, my, my. How fast loyalties can change. We reported yesterday that Valve had just launched the ability for modders to pawn their wares on Steam - starting with Skyrim - and right out-of-the-gate, modders and regular gamers alike took to the Web to express their rage. It's not just one single element that leads many to believe that this is a dangerous move by Valve. At the core, game modding has always been about community, and I personally can't even remember hearing about a paid mod before. Typically, if a modder wants to be paid for their efforts, they'd accept donations. But now, Valve is encouraging modders to consider selling their mods regardless of quality, the amount of effort... Read more...
Valve has this week unveiled a new Steam feature as part of its Steamworks platform that some would consider long overdue: allowing the distribution of mods. It goes without saying that one of the best aspects of PC gaming is modding. Modding could be as simple as replacing the skin of a weapon, or as complex as a total conversion to make the game appear completely different, and even behave completely different. If you've put a few hundred hours into The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, I'm sure you know exactly what I'm talking about. My brother has put over 1,000 hours into Grand Theft Auto IV entirely because of game modding. It's big business, and Valve wants in. At first, this capability struck me... Read more...
Where PC cooling is concerned, you can't get much more standard than copper - it's simply everywhere. Even if you're using an OEM box, chances are it at least has a copper base, and while it might not have many or any fins, your notebook will have a large copper heatpipe. So if copper is that effective, why not create a heatsink with a massive amount of it to keep a PC totally silent, and cool? I've evaluated the possibilities of such a design while daydreaming in the past, but Germany's Silent PC have made it a reality - and I can honestly say, its real-world design looks nothing like what I've ever dreamed up. Behold, the PC with copper mesh hat: I've been unable to find real photos of this... Read more...
A new flavor of Raspberry Pi is going to lead to some interesting mods, or so that's the hope. Raspberry Pi is being shrunk down and baked onto a SODIMM module, which modders and makers will be able to plug into their own home brewed Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). If that's above your skill or interest level, the Raspberry Pi Foundation also has in its recipe book a Compute Module I/O board to help designers get started. The SODIMM contains the guts of a Raspberry Pi -- BCM2835 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB eMMC flash storage (essentially the equivalent of having an SD card in the Pi). All of those parts are integrated into a 67.6mm by 30mm board that fits into a standard DDR2 SODIMM connector.... Read more...
Blizzard has released a powerful new suite of tools for Starcraft 2 modders and developers that fundamentally change the nature of what's possible in the popular RTS game. Now, players can use the same architectural and graphics design toolsets that Blizzard has used internally to build new units, tilesets, and models. Furthermore, these tools are now available even with the Starcraft 2: Starter Edition kit. Players can grab them here. Critically, artists will now be able to incorporate images and effects designed in programs like 3ds Max, Photoshop, or other high-end particle systems. “These tools are going to be a big upgrade for people,” Womack said in a video update. “This... Read more...
Google's open source Android operating system has grown up and matured right before our very eyes in the past several years, and the same can be said for Steve Kondik, otherwise known by his online handle Cyanogen, developer of the immensely popular CyanogenMod line of ROMs. He posted his first ROM on the XDA Developers forum back in May 2009. It was for the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) and it was an instant hit. It didn't take long for CyanogenMod to gain a following among Android users anxious to access new features and rid themselves of carrier bloat. That's become Cyanogen's passion over the last few years, and he's now ready to take the next step by turning his hobby into a real company. CyanogenMod... Read more...
It's every kid's dream to fly, but eventually reality sets in that without wings, taking to the skies is left to the birds. Well, screw that. Laurent Aigon, a 40-year-old from Lacanau, France, gave his children wings in the form of a fully functioning Boeing 737 cockpit he assembled in their bedroom. It sits next to their bunk bed, this enormous and awesome thing that's so authentic, the Institute of Aircraft Maintenance at Bordeaux-Merignac Airport has asked him to give a lecture. Aigon is a waiter at a local restaurant and bar, though his passion has always been avionics. He grew up in Beutre, about 650 feet away from Merignac Airport, and he would daydream of one day being a pilot as he watched... Read more...
So, you went out and purchased yourself an Apple iPhone 5, is that it? Great, so have millions of others. If you want to stand out from the crowd with a truly unique and geeky looking iPhone 5, one way you can do that is by dropping an additional $40 on a translucent iPhone 5 Mod Kit. It might very well be the best (or worst) phone accessory investment you ever make, depending on handy you are with DIY projects. Let's assume you're comfortable tearing apart your iPhone 5 and aren't at all concerned with voiding the warranty. Or maybe you're just fed up with all the scratches your iPhone 5 has accumulated. Either way, iPhone5Mod has begun selling a replacement see-through chassis for $40, and... Read more...
Apple has always gone out of its way to keep users from tinkering with their iOS devices, from using funky screws and lots of adhesive to prevent do-it-yourself (DIY) repair, to locking down iOS so that it's extremely difficult to jailbreak. Speaking towards the latter, hacker i0n1c posted on Twitter that the upcoming iOS 6.1 update will be even tougher for modders to crack, which is especially disappointing when you consider that iOS 6 hasn't even been jailbroken yet. "There must have been some change of guard at Apple. iOS 6.1 adds again tough protections although public JB community hasn't broken iOS 6 yet," i0n1c posted to Twitter. This is par for course when it comes to iOS devices, and... Read more...
Today's Presidential election figures to be an extremely tight race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and whoever wins -- Mitt Romney, according to AVAST Software's mega-poll -- will likely claim victory by a small margin. But will it be an honest election? We're not making a facetious statement about politics. What has us worried is an article in Popular Science that reveals just how incredibly easy and inexpensive it is to rig a voting machine. Let's backtrack a moment. Roger Johnston, head of the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory, recently led a team of security researchers on a demonstration that involved hacking electronic voting machines. He wanted to show... Read more...
Sony isn't going to like this one bit, but the PS Vita is well on its way to being able to run homebrewed software. Yifan Lu, the developer-slash-reverse engineer guru responsible for jailbreaking Amazon's Kindle device and the PS Xperia (running PSX games on Xperia Play), is cooking up a homebrew loader for Sony's flagship handheld game console. The project is based on a PS Vita exploit Lu discovered, one in which he's not sharing with the public because then Sony would just plug the hole. It's also worth mentioning that the source code is still very much a work in progress, so there's nothing to share with PS Vita owners just yet. That's not going to give Sony warm fuzzies. If you recall, Sony... Read more...
Here's a treat for you Android modders heading into the weekend. Work on CyanogenMod 9 is now finished and ready to download as a stable release for the majority of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) supported devices. Going forward, Cyanogen will turn his attention away from ICS (Android 4.0.x) and focus on Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x). "Many have wondered why we bothered to finish CM 9 when we are already active in CM 10 development. To that, our answer is: we don’t like to leave things incomplete," Cyanogen explained in a blog post. "There is no profit gained from what we do, so the satisfaction of completing a goal is our only reward. This release also serves as a release suitable for the masses,... Read more...
It may have taken forever and a day, but owners of iPhone 4S smartphones and iPad 2 tablet PCs running the latest stable build of iOS (5.0.1) can finally jailbreak their Apple gear. Don't take it for granted. The Chronic Dev Team, which unveiled the iOS jailbreak code on Green Poison, said hacking the A5 isn't exactly a walk in the park. "The ridiculously complex combination of exploits-within-exploits that make this iOS jailbreak possible have consumed thousands of hours of brain-power & effort from a legion of world-renowned hackers, several of whom have been working diligently on this project since the dual-core A5 processor was unveiled by Apple last March," the Chronic Dev Team said.... Read more...
Fast and sexy. Those two adjectives describe how we like our PCs, which might explain why this hobby is often compared to cars. After all, a finely tuned rig that runs laps around the competition could just as easily describe our overclocked six-core machine with multiple GPUs as it could our hotrod sitting out in the garage. Chevy seems to understand this and is offering up a mildly customizable PC in Camaro trim. "Built inside a detailed replica of the new Camaro, this PC brings a new dimension to computing with a dramatic shell design, combining entertainment, work, and play into a lifestyle-enhancing, car enthusiast's dream," Chevy explains. Sounds like a winning combination to us, though... Read more...
At least until iPhone OS 4 ships, probably the single biggest complaint with Apple's smartphone is its inability to multitask. That will change in the coming months, and so too will several other shortcomings be addressed (like managing apps with Folders), but if you just can't shake that Android-envy on your new iPhone 3G, you're not completely out of luck. David Wang, better known as "planetbeing," has ported Google's increasingly popular Android platform over to the latest iPhone. Within a few days, Wang will have put together packaged binaries and instructions for 3G owners to follow in his footsteps, and when he does, you'll be able to use the Android OS to do everything from download/install/run... Read more...
Well, no one's shot one another over a Wii yet, but it's still early. The media might run out of Playstation 3 horror stories, so you never know. Nintendo's new Wii gaming platform launch  is kind of flying under the radar. But it's cheap, and new, and innovative. And you can buy add-ons for its motion sensing "Wii-mote" controller already. Nintendo wants you to hold the motion sensing controller, lovingly dubbed the 'Wii-mote', in your hands to control your bat, racquet, club, steering wheel or more. But along with the launch of the Wii in the US has come a range of Wii-mote add-ons that are so cool and affordable, you'll want them for the novelty value if nothing... Read more...
Cooler Master Annual Case Modding Contest is now extended for two weeks! Don't forget to submit your Mods to enter in Coolermaster Annual Case Modding contest. This year they have an awesome list of prizes to give out. Retail value is worth over $3000 USD. So hurry and enter your Mod's today! You never know, Christmas can come a bit early for you this year. Enter today!... Read more...
Good afternoon folks.  We have to apologize for the delay in news this morning.  We had some gremlins acting up on the server earlier that gave us some unscheduled downtime.  But now we're back and we've got some good reading to get you through your day. LeadTek WinFast A400 Ultra/GT TDH 6800 Review @ Beyond3D: "At a glance, the only noticeable difference between the two boards is the additional Molex connector visible on the 6800 Ultra-based card - aside from that, both boards use the same, near-silent two slot cooling solution. Despite its 'monster cooling' look, the fan noise from these boards is indeed reasonably quiet, and certainly not noticeably loud over the rest of... Read more...
As we start out this Friday morning, we've got multiple reports of sites who've had time to work with the latest Far Cry patch v1.2 and Shader Model 3.0.  It's no secret this is one of the best games I've played to date and it looked great even on mid-range cards.  Can't wait to see what differences the new patch makes.  Check the first post below for a series of sites with the dirt on Far Cry's latest patch.  With the latest v1.2 patch, the Far Cry now utilizes Shader Model 3.0. Here's a list of sites with comparison screenshots and benchmarks for your review: -The Tech Report -XBitlabs -PCPerspective -TBreak.com  Corsair TWINX1024-3200XL PRO Series Dual Channel Memory... Read more...
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