Video Game Tuesday: Mods and Achievements

Michael Blaker
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This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m covering a topic I’ve been thinking about recently. It’s all about Mods and Achievements!

What?: So I’ve been thinking about how most PC games when you install a mod automatically disable any achievements so you can’t earn them when you use mods. I personally think that it really depends on the mods used because some mods are not at all impacting gameplay at all. Some are just for fun, like replacing Skyrim’s Dragon’s 3D Model with Macho Man Randy Savage, which is both disturbing and hilarious. Others¬†are game breaking mods that make you a god, literally in some cases, and completely break all game balance. That’s just how it is with most games.¬† But should installing a mod at all automatically disable achievements? I tend to think no, firstly because most achievements in games are pretty easy to get, and just require you to perform certain actions in a given scenario. World of Warcraft allows for tons of mods, like Deadly Boss Mods and they don’t disable achievements upon installation. Of course mods for World of Warcraft are much more restricted compared to a single player game like Skyrim, because it’s a multiplayer game and you can’t make a mod that automatically plays the game for you. That would be outright cheating and everyone knows that.

But mods are cheating!: Are they really though? I mean just changing the 3D Model of a Skyrim Dragon to look like some WWE star isn’t really impacting your game. If anything it’s a hindrance because you’re laughing too much and get roasted by the Dragon. There are also plenty of difficulty mods that up the difficulty of the game in question and allow for players to really have to work for progress.

They’re still cheating!: I mean we could go over this all day, and I’m too lazy to do so. But think about this, is a mod that improves texture resolution or heightens the difficulty really cheating? It’s not in my book, and even developers would be hard pressed to say that they are in my experience.

Mod’s can enable Aachievements!: Yep there are mods out there to do just that for many games that disable achievements upon mod installation. Skyrim and Fallout are key examples of that.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below!

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