Mods are extensions or modifications of other games that enhance or change the game play of the original game. This can often be done with SDKs or other tools provided by the developer. Sometimes, mods require hacking of the original binary and content.

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I want to make a moddable game. How does this affect my programming language choice?

I have been getting started making some small games in Java, and I am considering learning C# for a bigger project. I would very much like to make a moddable game, but someone told me that I need to ...
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How do you add a scripting language to a game?

Let's say I have a game written in C++. But I want to add some modding or scripting functionality to it. How would one go about adding a scripting functionality to your game?
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How do I add a custom mob to Minecraft?

Basically decided to make my own mob, I have: Created my mob's entity class Created my mobs model class Drawn the model Added the function call for addMapping within the EntityList class I'm stuck ...
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Ways to manage changing designer data alongside changing player data

I have an online game where players get to shape the world in some way - eg. Ultima Online's housing, where you get to build your houses directly onto certain parts of the world map. These are changes ...
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Recommended RPG game that can be used to learn game Modding? [closed]

I would like to learn game development via game modding. RPG/MMORPG is one of my favorite genres. Could someone recommend me a good and recent ( I would like to play the game as well) game to learn ...
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What does Skyrim Creation Kit's NPC class do?

I'm trying to change it with the setclass console command Based on the UESP wiki it looks like it just governs stat gain for leveling, but based on the Elder Scrolls wiki it seems to only control ...
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How do you make Minecraft mods? [closed]

I'm new to making minecraft mods and I'm wondering what I need to do to get started.
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Mods for Minecraft Server - how does it work?

Minecraft server comes as a single jar. How are mods developed? How do they interact with the original jar? What is there under the hood? What technologies are involved there? I'm mostly a C++/Python ...
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How can I implement a third-person camera in an SC2 map?

I want to try creating a custom Starcraft 2 map with a third-person camera following a unit. A few custom maps with this feature exist already, so I know it's possible. How do I do this? Do I need a ...
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How to attract modders to your game?

I am developing a game, but as I am working on it alone, the amount of content I can create is very limited. Because of that I want my game to be modded, for this purpose I am planning to create a ...
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How can I write a trigger to detect when a terran building burns to its death? (Starcraft 2)

I'm working with Starcraft 2 Map Editor, and am having a little bit of a trigger problem. It's quite easy to detect when a specific unit kills a structure (simply check if triggering unit == ...
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Is Civ V as moddable as Civ IV?

Civilization IV was a highly moddable game, and many great mods/games were built off it (Fall From Heaven 2 being my personal favorite). Does Civilization V have the same opportunities for modding ...
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How can I put my game on an NES cartridge?

How can I create an NES cartridge? Is there any tutorial? I need to put a game that runs in an emulator and put it on a cartridge. How to do that? Is this possible from scratch? Or at least could I ...
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Custom Music in Skyrim's Creation Kit?

Can you bring in external music such as mp3s? If so, how? I didn't see anything about this in the wiki Bethesda released. Also how does this work with regards to the Steam Workshop? Don't ...
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Minecraft Mod portable torch/lantern

I have just started making a mod for minecraft, I learned how to make items and import custom png's and have gotten all of that to work. I have been searching around the code trying to find a way to ...
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What AI modding is possible in Civ 5?

I'm interested in tinkering with the AI in Civ 5. I know there are XML files that can adjust the AI's strategies, but are there other easily moddable AI components? The XML files contain comments ...
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Do mods for games like Skyrim look good on a resume?

As a lot of people know, Bethesda just came out with their Creation Kit for developing mods to Skyrim. I've been developing for a while, I have a couple of games released including one that's doing ...
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What is server mod?

I know what a game mod is. But what is a server mod? Do clients need to install the server mod to get the features of that server mod? Also, if I have a mod for a game installed on my computer, and I ...
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How can I mod an item to take experience from a player in Minecraft?

I am creating a mod that has invincible tools which take experience from the player each time they are used. Can someone please tell me how to make the tools take away the experience when used?
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Can custom maps in Starcraft 2 automatically enable certain unit upgrades?

If I create a custom map with the Starcraft 2 map editor, how can I specify that some unit upgrades are already researched? For example, if I want all the units to already have the weapons upgrade 1 ...
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XNA Moddable Game - Architecture Design and Reflection

I've decided to embark on an XNA moddable game project of a simple rogue style. For all purposes of this question, I'm going to not be using a scripting engine, but rather allow modders to directly ...
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How do I add a method to a class without editing the source file?

I am trying to add a method to a Minecraft source file, but I have to figure out how to do it without actually editing the source files, as it would be illegal to redistribute Minecraft's source files ...
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Can you move items made in the Skyrim Creation Kit on PC to the Xbox version?

I'm a pretty technically illiterate gamer but after several annoying glitches I finally went out and got the PC version of Skyrim. After a little bit of practice I got the hang of transferring my Xbox ...
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How can I make a player-interactable bookshelf?

In the player's house Interiors->WhiterunBrezeehouse (FormID 000165A8) I duplicated a bookshelf (CommonShelf03 FormID 000ce784 near the fire pit) and the book proxies, container, triggers, ...
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Warcraft 3 Editor - Not triggering the Wait action?

Ok so this is mind boggling to me. Every time I've used something similiar before it works. I added messages to be displayed before everything happened to see where it would, and it never got past ...
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Civilization 4: time in own scenario runs up too quickly

In Civilization 4 (Beyond the Sword) I started making a scenario that focuses on the colonization of North America. For added realism, I set the StartYear=1780. Everytime I run the scenario, the time ...
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How do you start modding a game without an editor?

I often come across very impressive mods for PC games that don't have an official editor, other development tools or its source code publicly available. (Take this amazing Multiplayer mod for Just ...
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Should I allow “low-level” access in my game for modders? [closed]

I'm thinking of adding a Lua interpreter in my game, giving various objects in the game script access to allow mods. By how much should I expose to the scripting environment, I'm not sure. Should I ...
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Skyrim Creation Kit with Xbox 360

I posted this on stackoverflow but was advised to post here (here is a link to the stackoverflow question). I'm hoping for constructive feedback on its plausibility. Update on progress: It looks like ...
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How can I customize an FPS game?

I want to create a customized (modded) fps game where I can change the look and feel of the game to match my intended theme. Some of the things I would like to do: Create a custom map (terrain). ...
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Are frequent game updates a solution for preventing multiplayer cheating?

I'm creating a game on Android where the enforcement of rules can only take place on client side (I can't shift it to server side...think aimbotting but in my case I wouldn't even be able to use ...
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What's the difference between creating a Source mod and just creating some levels?

I'm just starting to look into creating Source mods for HL2 and I'm a little bit confused. I've gone through some tutorials on level creating to get the basics and it seems to me that it's all that ...
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How far should I go in securing Groovy mod scripts?

I am developing a game in java and plan to embed the Groovy script engine to allow for more robust modding options. This comes at a price, of course. Groovy can access anything java can by default, ...
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Augment an existing game with touch gestures

I want to enhance Homeworld 2 gameplay with touch gestures. The game is running on Windows. So, two questions: Is it possible to wrap the game with a program that would capture touch gestures, ...
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Prevent Reavers from dealing splash damage to friendly and allied units

Just for fun I made some games in the Starcraft Broodwar map editor (scdraft2.0). I notice that in my map Reavers deal damage to friendly and allied units as well as to neutral units. It's a cat and ...
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How to make an articulated mob in Minecraft?

I am attempting to make a sea serpent, and I want to know how to make it be able to turn in any place, or at each 'segment', somewhat like the snakes in mocreatures. I know how to make mobs in ...
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What is a good “easily” moddable and scriptable 3D game? [closed]

I've made a fair number of 2D games (and actually completed/released a few of them). I'm hesitant to move into the 3D realm, because of the order of magnitude (everything takes ~10x more work). To ...
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Which files should I be looking at to do a total conversion mod using the Source Engine?

I just installed Source SDK. Made a multiplayer mod from a template using Source Engine 2007. I'm currently using VS2008. I was wondering which folder I should work in. For example weapons, which ...
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Why do my update and draw loops throw a concurrent access exception?

I've taken up the challenge of creating a basic 2D side-scrolling monster truck game for my little brother. It seems easy enough in theory, but jumping into Java out of XNA feels strange. My game ...
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How do I make someone walk in Skyrim?

I'm coding a mod for Skyrim with Papyrus and the Creation Kit. I can't seem to get an Actor to move from point A to point B. I know there's a function to teleport an actor, but how can I make them ...
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Cannot create a neutral unit with a trigger

I've been playing around with the starcraft UMS (Use map settings) for a while and usually i figure things out pretty quickly when im stuck. Alas not this time. I'm trying to place a neutral unit ...
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How can I change the sprites in the NES Double Dragon ROM?

I have played a few NES ROMs where people have gone into them and changed the sprites. How did they do this? I'd like to do this for the Double Dragon ROM. How can I accomplish that?
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Execute a trigger after research is complete

I'm making a map where I want to destroy a building when it finishes researching a certain ability. How do I create a trigger that accomplishes this?
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Is a programmer liable for copyright infringement in other people's mods to his games?

If a programmer (P) releases a game, and a modder (M) releases a game modification which includes copyrighted content, can P be held liable for the copyright infringement in the mod?
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How can I modify PlayStation 1 games?

Is it possible to modify Sony PlayStation 1 games? For example I'm planning to modify a soccer game called Winning Eleven 3. What I'm exactly trying to modify is player properties such as speed, shot ...
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Is it possible to mod a game to use a scripting language like Lua?

So my questions are: Is it possible to mod a game to use a scripting language? How would I go about doing so? I really like Arma 2 but like many games it does not have much in terms of ...
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Is there an application that converts a PC into a video game kiosk/arcade machine?

Sorry to make the question so vague. What I ultimately want is software that allows people to play independent video games on a PC and not have to worry about maintaining it. Imagine a game that was ...
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Determine when to start modding a game [closed]

I have not modded a single game in my life, but I really, really want to start. I'm a 3D animator (make no money from this, just a serious hobby) and a budding Object Orientated programmer (make all ...
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Why aren't ModLoader's decompiled files showing up?

I want to start making a Minecraft 1.6.4 mod, but have this trouble with ModLoader: I've run the decompile.bat batch file, but when opening the eclipse folder, the bin folder is empty. The batch ...
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First Minecraft mod not working: make a new sword

I am making my first mod and cannot see what is wrong with it. I am using MCP and Modloader. For my first mod I was going to make swords. I started with making a new EnumToolMaterials WOOD(0, 59, ...