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Video Game Disconnect - Modding

 

 

Cordova, TN; July 10, in the year of our Lord 2017--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is continuing our new series under the umbrella Video Game Disconnect. These are articles on areas of double standards and disconnections within the video game industry. This article is on the topic of modding. Personal Computer (PC) gamers know all about modding their games, systems, and devices. Modding has been a big part of PC gaming for decades now. The console game manufacturers are generally against modding. Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony have all attacked modders. In fact they have been known to brick devices.

What happens when your device is bricked? In essence your device is locked up and does not work without the game manufacturer being paid to fix it. Talk about a racket. They break your device and then demand payment to fix it. How can they legally get away with that? It is like taking your car to repair place and they break something else and demand payment for your vehicle to start working again. That falls under my definition of extortion. I am still unclear how these companies can get away with such extreme and radical viewpoints. The biggest problem is these companies see video game consoles and hand helds as their devices after they have sold it to you. That does not work in other industries.

Why are video game manufacturers causing such bad blood, and giving themselves such a bad image on the topic of modding? They feel they will lose money if they allow gamers to mod as PC games have done for decades. Pirates use mods to play pirated games. This is also where homebrew video games come into play. What is homebrew video games you might ask? Those are video games where a fanboy creates their own games. Think of it as fan made games, or modifications to games they like.

There is hope as video game companies have been releasing video games that let you mod their games as part of the game. LittleBigPlanet, Project Spark, and Super Mario Maker are examples of games companies have released that let you mod that game. It lets fans create their own levels. Hopefully these companies are starting to come around to modding. Thus far they have shown they only allow modding if they can make money off of it. Or you could say they allow modding if they can control it. Which is the opposite of what modding is all about. You can give Family Friendly Gaming your opinion on this. Do you have any ideas on how to fix this disconnect? Do you want a better video game industry going forward? What say you?


God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming

   

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