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How to Get Started in Video Game Modding

Modding has been an important and integral part of the video game ecosystem for years now. From Games like DOOM or The Elder Scrolls that are known for their long-lasting mod support adding hours to the gaming experience to games like Counter-Strike that started off as a mod for Half-Life. Games like GTA 5 still have huge modding communities to this day. For example, this site has good GTA 5 Modded AccountsBut modding isn’t always easy and it can seem like quite a daunting task. Changing the base components of a game whilst making it playable isn’t something you can just pick up and do flawlessly. So here are some tips to help make the learning process as smooth as possible.  


The Game

First of all, and arguably most important is picking a game. There are hundreds and thousands out there and they all work slightly differently so to make sure the modding process is as easy as possible, pick a game you know well and are passionate about. Knowing how the game works from a gameplay perspective will make understanding the inner workings of the game a much easier process. It’s also important that when you start off, you don’t push yourself too far. You won’t be able to create a complete reimagining of the original game with your first mod. Start with small things and work your way up as you get more comfortable.  


Use the Community

The second is to make use of the online community. If you find a game you want to mod, there Is a good chance that you are not the first person to mod it. It can be useful to try out some other mods for the game first to get a gauge of what sort of things you are able to do within the modding kit. Then check online, so many games have huge dedicated modding communities that thrive on new madders showing up. It’s all just communities of people who enjoy the same thing and (usually) are super open to helping so never be afraid to find message boards or online communities and start dropping some questions on what you need help with or what other peoples experiences with modding that particular game have been like. 


Learn to Code

The next thing is very important and a barrier for a lot of people and that’s coding. It’s all well and good having a game to mod and knowing other people who do it but you are going to need to learn some basics to understanding code. Honestly understanding the code will be half the battle. For a small first mode, you won’t be writing pages and pages of your own code to insert into a game. For the most part, you will be making little changes and switches to existing the existing code that will slightly tweak smaller elements of the game. But as you learn and get better you will want to build more elaborate mods and will therefore need a more elaborate understanding of the coding process. This is another thing that a big modding community can help with. There will be loads of people at all different skill levels trying to mod so don’t be afraid to ask for help with the basics. Once you’ve gotten over that big initial barrier the rest of the learning process will come to you naturally through practice and dedication.  

Modding is for everyone, if you have the passion and the dedication to perfecting your skills you’ll be able to take the modding world by storm.  

Barbara Jones is a technology savy journalist. She loves to cover gaming, gadgets, AI and financial technology. Prior to becoming a journalist, Barbara was an IT professional.