When Modders Strike Back and What They Could Mean for Modern Warfare 3
You Can’t Mod Diablo III (Until You Do)
Blizzard has mandated that, along with its always-on Internet connection DRM system, players won’t be able to mod Diablo III.
The idea here, according to Blizz, is to keep the online experience of Diablo III kosher for everyone. Since you can take the game online or offline with little work on your part, the developers wants to make sure that everyone gets the same experience and that players who aren’t modding (or hacking) aren’t screwed over by the ones who are.
Really, though, this just sounds like a big double-dog dare to find a way to mod the game.
Diablo II has a huge number of insane mods that have sprung up over the game’s near 12-year lifespan, ranging from the obligatory “make people naked” mods to total reworks of the game systems. Of course, there’s Median XL, which might be the definitive Diablo II mod in existence, but that’s to say nothing of the buckets of other alterations you can tack onto the game. We’ve already pinned down our 10 favorites.
Bringing Dedicated Servers to Modern Warfare 2
PC players of Modern Warfare 2 wanted for quite a bit when the game was released, but nothing more than dedicated servers on which to play the game. A huge community has sprung up around reshaping the game into something a little more fun to play online. Lots of that work can be found at alterIW.net.
Right now, alterIW includes lots of dedicated servers for players, as well as a large community and lots of forums concerning things from download instructions for running servers to add-ons and other mods. This is the sort of thing we expect to see crop up when Modern Warfare 3 hits: big communities capable of restructuring the game to enable all sorts of new features.
Modern Warfare 2 has already been reshaped in the image of the players and what they want, regardless of what Infinity Ward intended with the PC release of the game. Once it’s in the wild, players are free to tear a game apart and rebuild it themselves.
So what will we see when Modern Warfare 3 hits tomorrow? Hopefully, the kind of community and dedication that makes a game into something new and different that the developers never expected. Dedicated servers for ranked games will likely be the least of what the community turns its attention toward.
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