How Console Gamers Get Mods (PIC)
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Unreal Tournament 3, well-received by critics in 2007 but never attaining a wide player base, allowed PlayStation 3 gamers to play PC-created mods. Portal 2 promised a similar feature, and console mod tools may be available in the next installment of the Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim. Hunted: The Demon’s Forge even has a dungeon-maker available across all platforms that allows for the creation of custom maps within very narrow parameters.
Regardless, the best mods will arise from the PC community, simply because it’s the platform with the right tools, the right interface, and — as Mark Rein said — “PCs are always going to be the tools through which all games get made.”
Are you going to sculpt a 3D model on a console? Paint a texture? Edit a sound track? PCs will feed consoles the best mods.
While thinking about this issue, we were struck by the wholesome imagery of a mother bird feeding her baby chicks. Then this picture of a cyborg bird feeding her mutant offspring happened.
Open wide, consoles. Here comes the airplane.