Feature Wrecking the Mod - Has modding passed its heyday to become a shadow of its former self?

CVG writes: "Like Hitler's invasion of Poland or the first floor of the Empire State Building, Counter-Strike was always going to be the start of something big. Its release, in 1999, marked the bona fide birth of the modding scene, spurring bedroom developers to craft new adventures out of official titles.

Modding had already been around for a while, spawning popular ditties like Team Fortress, but Counter-Strike was the first of its kind to encourage people to buy the original game, in this case Half-Life.

After CS, "game companies opened up their titles to modders, and modding went mainstream, more prolific," says Scott Reismanis, founder of the Mod Database ("

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