How far is too far when modding these days? Whether you are modding your PC, laptop or just the games you play: is there a line that shouldn’t be crossed? Or should you be allowed to mod as and when you like?
It is really easy to build a standard computer these days for cheap if you know what you are doing. Tweaking your machine to run at a speed that suits you and have whichever graphics cards you like are the hallmarks of PC construction. A fair amount of time can be spent customising the look of the computer itself without going overboard. I have known people to build all this for a gaming PC for only £400 ($642), the games ran perfectly and gameplay was smooth. Proving you don’t have to spent a fortune on a retail gaming PC.
With some, however, money isn’t a constraint. What if you had thousands of dollars to spend on modifying your PC? You will be surprised at the lengths people go to customize their computers. Hey, they’re not called Personal Computers for nothing, right? Included in the article are a few pics of when PC modification becomes questionable.
As you can see some people just don’t know when to stop, if you have the money then I suppose it’s perfectly fine.
What about modifying games? As all PC gamers know most game developers release a mod tool for certain games allowing you to edit in-game levels and your character’s appearance and skills. This is helpful for amateur game developers; it lets them get to grips with the code that is used to program a game. You can also activate cheat codes for games through this method. This is perfectly acceptable for players who are gaming offline because you are only cheating themselves, but what about when game mods that are used and can affect the game play of other players?
There is a de facto community of players dedicated to modding online matches. From a personal standpoint, I feel that this is the line that shouldn’t be crossed. It is never acceptable to ruin another users gaming experience without consent. The one game that has been totally ruined and taken over by mods is Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2; I stopped playing this game a long time ago. If you pay good money to play a game, you want to play that game, not someone else’s. A few examples for those who haven’t played Modern Warfare 2 are Aimbots, with the ability to automatically aim at an enemy as soon as they appear on your screen, and also the Wallhack which allows the modder to see other players through walls.
Another mod that annoys me is boosting your rank from lowest to highest in just one match. Cheating is called cheating for a reason; deceiving someone to get results that best suit you.
Modifying a games console like an Xbox or PS3 isn’t as easy as it is on a PC, as Microsoft’s Xbox Live Code of Conduct states that players are not to do the following;
Don’t cheat in a game unless cheats have been deliberately enabled.
Don’t modify or hack game content to create cheats.
Don’t intentionally play with someone who is using unauthorized software or methods to help inflate your game rank or gamerscore.
Doing so could result in your account been suspended or banned
Another mod that is so far beyond the line that the line is enabling a console to play pirated games. In my opinion this is the biggest no no out there. You’re not just cheating yourself this time but you’re cheating game companies. It’s basically fraud and is totally unacceptable and always will be, if caught it will result in your console being banned and blocked from ever connecting to Xbox Live or PSN again.
But this still doesn’t stop players doing so and ruining it for everyone. So how far is too far? Well if you are doing it for your own entertainment, fine, but it is also affecting someone else’s game. Chances are, if it is anything to do with piracy then you have gone way too far. Keep it to private games and/or servers that are designed for the modding community.