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What are Mods?

 , September 28, 2016
A mod, or modification, is the culture of allowing users and outside developers to customize video games. Mods may include new items, characters, stories, levels, art, music and game modes. Extensive mods may invent new elements of gameplay or change the behavior of game engines. In some cases, mods also fix bugs.
Mods are typically produced by fans of a game. This is encouraged by some game developers who may provide tools and interfaces for building mods. Mods can significantly boost the culture surrounding a game and extend its replay value.
Overview: Mods
TypeGame Design
DefinitionUser modifications to a game.
Legal StatusDepends on the End User License Agreement of the game. Some software companies actively fight mods, others encourage it.
Related ConceptsGamification
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