We've seen quite a wide range of opinions concerning Diablo III's newly revealed auction house, but it came part-and-parcel with another dark cloud that completely lacks a silver lining. See, plenty of games get released sans official mod support, but Diablo's devil is in the details. Diablo III mods, says Blizzard, are “expressly prohibited.”
We're all for peeling the cobwebs off our old games and firing a few blasts at the past, but let's face it: rare is the game that ages gracefully. However, while owners of Lower Platforms are forced to endure hideous textures and lighting techniques originally employed by the ancient Egyptians, PC gamers get mods. And every once in a while, a mod comes along that successfully vaults over “Hey, that's neat” and clotheslines itself on “Damn, that's incredible,” sustaining horribly painful fall wounds in the process. But we digress. Point is, these two overhauls fit that bill perfectly, so you should check out their trailers and overload on eye candy.
Have your heart set on transforming Battlefield 3 into a glorious reproduction of the climactic forest confrontation from Return of the Jedi – replete with frighteningly accurate Ewok destruction physics? We love you. But also, it just got a lot harder.
The N64 was pretty awesome back in the late 90s when it hooked up to a TV. In the year 2011, we're still impressed by the console, but it's gone through some changes. A modder by the name Hailrazer has created what every 15 year old would have killed for in 1999: a handheld N64 game machine. The name for this magnificent contraption? The N64 Boy Advance.
After World of StarCraft Youtube videos the world over went dark a couple days ago, fans immediately began to bury the ambitious mod under proclamations of “six feet under.” Turns out, however, that Blizzard's rooting for this little MMO that could just as much as you are.
“We’re looking forward to seeing the continued development of this mod, and as part of our ongoing discussion, we’ve extended an offer to the developer to visit the Blizzard campus and meet with the StarCraft II development team,” said Blizzard in a statement to GameFront.
So then, why'd everyone need to believe that it was the end of the World of StarCraft as we knew it?
“With the name so closely resembling that of World of Warcraft, we wanted to discuss the title of the mod with the developer, and as part of our routine procedure, we contacted YouTube to request the video be removed while that discussion took place. We were also curious about the project and wanted to discuss with the developer what the mod entailed,” Blizzard continued.
In other words, it was a misunderstanding as big as Starbucks' new drink size – and equally unnecessary. Oh well, though; Blizzard's words of encouragement are better late than never. Hopefully, after a quick name change (we suggest something innocuous and lawsuit-free – how about “War of the Stars”?), the mod will be back and better than ever. Of course, that's assuming a certain job offer doesn't put the WOS dream to bed before it can even begin to become a reality.
Last week we posted our review of the Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter, an awesome piece of remote controlled machinery with a not-so-awesome price tag -- the thing streets for around $300. Don't have that kind of Skrilla to plunk down on a toy? Maybe you'd be more interested in building your own.
Greg "Grease" Lehman of St. Paul, Minnesota did exactly that and took 2nd place at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair with his wooden DIY quadricopter. Even better, he posted a fairly exhaustive worklog on Instructables.com.
Lehman used a blueprint that came with a Roswell Quadricopter he purchased back in 1999 as his general guide. The end result is a rad home-brewed quadricopter constructed from ash, oak, walnut, and padauk.
After Infinity Ward hauled dedicated server support off to the gallows, many gamers figured that its partner in crime – modding – was next in line for the chopping block. It appears, however, that Infinity Ward’s had a change of heart. Not on the dedicated server thing, mind you – but one is better than none, right?
“Nothing on Dedicated Servers, but there may be some Mod Tools news coming in the future, I'll pass it along once I have it,” Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling tweeted in reply to a fan’s question.
Granted, Infinity Ward never explicitly stated that mod support was a complete no-go for Modern Warfare 2, but it’s nice to hear that the developer’s still got enough time for us PC gamers in between its assuredly frequent “Biggest Launch in Entertainment History” trophy polishing sessions.
Not that we blame them. You’ve got to savor records like that while they’re still yours, because these days, it’s only a matter of time before someone tosses out a Twilight dating sim and breaks every sales record known to man, setting the bar so high that our children’s children won’t even produce a series fit to lick its jewel encrusted boots. These are dark days, friends. Dark days, indeed.
When a PC modder truly loves his or her work, it really shows. The result is capable of causing pangs of longing in any nerd’s heart, and even non-nerds will look on in awe. Such is the case with the Cygnus X1 casemod. This gorgeous piece of computer was built by one Attila Lukacs. The project was started in 2008, and was fully documented.
The wood paneling was carved out solid pieces of West Australian Jarrah, and each side piece weighs in at 10 pounds. The front and sides even fold out revealing the cold metal computer heart that beats within. You can check out the modder’s account of the build process and tons of images here.
Left 4 Dead 2 is great fun, but there are only so many maps that actually come with the game. And until Valve releases any additional map packs, community-created maps are your best bet for fresh content. But why not learn how to make your own custom maps? With Valve's Hammer World Editor and Google's free SketchUp program, it's actually much easier than you think.
Valve's Hammer is the game map editor that comes with the Left 4 Dead Software Development Kit (SDK). Google SketchUp is a free 3D design application that has myriad uses. Using both tools, you can design and make custom shapes and objects that would be impossible to generate with Hammer alone.
We're going to show you, step-by-step, how to use these tools to make a single Survival map for Left 4 Dead. We'll cover the basics of Hammer, the art of designing a building from a reference photo, and crafting simple objects to use in-game. The techniques we introduce apply to both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. They'll also help you make maps for other Source engine games, like Counter-Strike, Half-Life 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2.
Grab and seat and dive in. Making a Left 4 Dead map is a perfect D-I-Y project for the Holiday weekend
Intel has kicked off a PC Mod contest to help generate some publicity and enthusiasm over the new Core i7 and Core i5 processors. Not that Intel needs to drum up any excitement about the processors; most enthusiasts have been anticipating them for quite some time.
The contest involves building, or modding, a computer with the new technology and submitting photos of your build to Intel. There will be a preliminary judging by Intel and sponsors and the top mods will be sent to the People’s Choice finals where the public can vote on the mod they like the best.
You can get more details at the Intel Core i7 Custom Challenge site. The deadline for submissions is November 16th and voting begins November 23rd.