MasonicGamer.com: Mods. The diminishing medium of fan made content for their beloved titles. Once very important now as times moved on to paid DLC we see a change. It came from the growing pressure from publishers. Why release modding tools when you can release paid content. Now we have however Steam workshop and indie developers still value the modding scene. At the end of the day its additional life to their title. As a coder you want your baby to be played as much as possible. Mods can not only inspire but build upon unifinished concepts or ideas.
Just recently after years of hard work we got the Black Mesa mod. A complete revamp of our beloved Half Life 1 game. High resolution textures, modern options, and improved gameplay. All here for free. You can re-live the experience of the first title with enhanced atmosphere and gameplay. The whole environment had a touch up and it all feels like a modern title which just came out. The magical combo between the Source engine and dedication. The amount of texture work that this game has been put through is rather impressive. Even reload animations have been changed. Small details like in game computer screens, and posters have been retouched so now you can read it all. Its all wonderful and fascinating and all thanks to the modability of the title and passion of the modders. Its fair to say that Valve has noticed this as a important event for the Half Life fans, as this mod went in the first batch of Greenlight nominees. Wonderful and free.