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modding

Making custom modifications to hardware or software. The term may refer to creating a unique artistic case for a PC, increasing its speed by overclocking the CPU or adding a more powerful cooling system. It may also refer to revising software in some unusual manner, typically dealing with open source software. See overclock and mod.


Fancy Plumbing
After 45 years in the business, in 2004, Alan Freedman, creator of this encyclopedia, finally became a modder, although a mild one. He used a Zalman water cooling system to remove the heat from his computer not to overclock the CPU and run at high temperatures but to use a slower, and thus quieter, fan. See CPU cooler.


Fancy Plumbing
After 45 years in the business, in 2004, Alan Freedman, creator of this encyclopedia, finally became a modder, although a mild one. He used a Zalman water cooling system to remove the heat from his computer not to overclock the CPU and run at high temperatures but to use a slower, and thus quieter, fan. See CPU cooler.







For the True Enthusiast
The Banchetto 101 PC case (top) may look strange, but it looks even more odd when fitted out with a motherboard, CPU, memory and drives (bottom), which are always exposed. At CES 2013, Kingston Technology used a Banchetto 101 to showcase its new, high-speed HyperX memory for gamers. (Top image courtesy of MICROCOOL, www.microcoolusa.com)
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These days it's not surprising to see modders releasing unofficial patches for games which fix bugs and errors in the original game
The modders furthermore have also made changes to the skills of the characters.
For more examples of professional modders, please see Apacer's Facebook fanpage.
While it was once something that only die-hard enthusiasts had interests in, now many case modders sell their creations allowing anyone to own a customized PC case.
Moviestorm, which is virtual moviemaking software, initially established some implicit rules of co-creation with the modders; among these rules was the right of modders to manage and control their own mods.
Of course, "modders may damage a brand even without exposing embarrassing underlying code", as there are countless examples of modders themselves inserting "extremely offensive content into a game.
In the early days, modders were rare; most of their efforts were for a relatively small group of friends, and they had to hack the game to do it; studios didn't like to share their tools, and modding a licensed property was sometimes considered a copyright violation.
Microsoft, a company not generally known for its openness, has struggled with many of these questions--most recently, as Jason Tanz reported in the July 2011 issue of Wired magazine, with its Kinect Xbox controller, which attracted the attention of hackers and modders in fields ranging from robotics to pornographers almost as soon as it was released.
Not content with rooting phones, modders took to all areas of tech to fiddle, from PC casemods, to farming aids, to clothing.
VerdictLoved by car modders the world overSHEEPSKIN RATING ***
The difference between this and OP Flashpoint though is that a crowd of would-be modders have already stepped in to help improve graphic content and vehicles - so the road ahead looks very good for this game.
Modders were early adopters, and in some cases designers, of cutting-edge computer technology, buying new motherboards, central processors, memory, and other components before they filtered down to the general public.