Video game modding (short for “modification”) is the process of alteration by players or fans of one or more aspects of a video game such as how it looks or behaves. Game mods may range from small changes and tweaks to complete overhauls, and can extend the replay value and interest of the game.
Mods have arguably become an increasingly important factor in the commercial success of some games, as they add depth to the original work, and can be both fun for players playing the mods and as a means of self-expression for mod developers.
Game mods have been around since the dawn of digital gaming. In some rare occurrences, modders have created some of the worlds most popular games such as DotA and Counter-Strike, while also giving birth to new genres like auto-chess and battle royale. Further, they’ve helped countless games like Minecraft, Skyrim, and The Sims expand and live on with new and exciting content for players.