For over 20 years, modders have made some of the world's most popular games such as Battle Royle, DotA, and Counter-Strike. They've helped countless games like Minecraft, Skyrim, and The Sims expand and live on with new and exciting content for players. playalandroid Games Mod is a platform that makes modding smoother for the players, the modders, and the game developers – making it easier to support UGC (user-generated content) on all platforms. Scott Reismanis from playalandroid was kind enough to write this article on what exactly modding is and how you can get started on your own.
What is modding?
Modding is an insanely popular activity that is essentially the art of modifying someone’s game to create new content within that gaming world. Anyone can do it whether you consider yourself a coder, artist or musician, and it’s a great way to improve your design and development skills. Many of the biggest names in PC gaming started out as mods. For example, Counter-Strike, Defense of the Ancients / League of Legends and PUBG are some of the most famous. Modding has been around for 20+ years now, and it’s becoming more popular as services like Steam Workshop and the cross-platform modding SDK called playalandroid Games Mod that we created, aim to make it more accessible to game developers, modders, and their players.
A mod can be as simple or as complex as you like. For example, creating skin for a Minecraft character can be done in a 2D editor with no coding knowledge, whilst creating a total conversion can take years of work and require many creators to collaborate (see the Mod Hall of Fame for some of the most famous mods). There are many modding communities – if you want to see some examples you can check out ModDB and playalandroid Games Mod which are communities we have created.
So why mod?
Modding unlocks creativity, builds skills, and brings happiness to gaming communities. For many people modding is a hobby where they can create, test ideas, or tweak a game to be smarter, easier or do amazing new things. For people looking to get into the industry, modding can be a great first step.