Proof: Why Mods Are Ace

By Alec Meer on August 1st, 2011 at 5:20 pm.

Hey, guy that's gonna say 'machinima isn't really anything to do with modding though': shuddupayaface.

Are you listening, Blizzard? ARE YOU? Here are three minutes of why PC gamers deserve the option to alter their games, and why the world is a better place for it. Madness, beauty, comedy, juggling, land-swimming, flying horses and most of all modding await you in this completely, gloriously batshit Oblivion machinima.

Why am I posting it? Why didn’t I post it sooner, more like.

That was The Silly Adventures of Mr. Mochi, it’s by theninjacowboy, it meant nothing whatsoever, but I liked it anyway. Via the peerless peers that are Reddit.

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96 Comments »

  1. Premium User Badge Anthile says:

    On that note, will we ever get a new mod news guy?

  2. Bobsy says:

    I feel better already.

  3. B0GiE-uk- says:

    Lol :)

  4. Scatterbrainpaul says:

    ooops, just burst out laughing in the office. Boss is now looking at me very weird

    I think the music makes this

  5. utharda says:

    The entire development of the PC has been justified in that one video. Take that ebert!

    • Hoaxfish says:

      To create that video from scratch, you first have to create the universe… and it was worth it

  6. LyskTrevise says:

    This video is delightful.

  7. Curvespace says:

    It gives me such hope to know that somewhere there’s a person who spent hours making this.

  8. Premium User Badge Colthor says:

    Brilliant :)

  9. Buttless Boy says:

    Tiny Tim makes everything better.

  10. Premium User Badge Schaulustiger says:

    Saw it on Reddit earlier, laughed my ass off. Brilliantly done.

    • dadioflex says:

      Yeah, I that’s what I thought, when I saw it five minutes before you.

    • Outright Villainy says:

      Reddit is certainly a hipster’s paradise.

      (I also saw it on reddit.)

  11. Flint says:

    If this represented actual Oblivion gameplay and this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Lo0qD6rOz8 represented actual Morrowind gameplay footage, we’d have the greatest game series in the world.

  12. Sian says:

    Had a hard time not laughing. The folks here already think I’m a bit weird.

  13. Soram00 says:

    The Elder Scrolls is serious business.

  14. DaFishes says:

    I love this. That is all.

  15. Jumwa says:

    This is a thing of beauty.

    I laughed heartily.

  16. Tei says:

    This and the gta carmagedoom video just get better the more times you watch it. Are amazing.

  17. MrMud says:

    Oblivion is not a multiplayer game with a history of hacks that are extremely detrimental to the online experience.

    • Rich says:

      True, but why shouldn’t we be allowed to mod our single player game to make it as gloriously insane as this?

    • Nesetalis says:

      diablo II is a multiplayer game with a history of mods so vast, that i’ve not played the stock game in years.. to detract from dIII like that, is a crime.

  18. Tubby McChubbles says:

    God bless Tiny Tim

  19. Lacero says:

    Awesome.
    Campfire limbo is a phrase in search of a meaning.

    • gwathdring says:

      It’s where otherwise good people go when guilty of serial camping. They aren’t bad people. They just … don’t quite make it to a better place.

  20. theninjacowboy says:

    Thanks guys! Also, very happy you chose the screenshot you did. It came out darker in the video than I would have liked and was hoping people could still take it all in, as it’s also my favorite scene. There’s also a lot I had to cut out to fit 3 minutes so you can count on seeing more whimsical adventures. One involves a bear wearing a top hat.

    • Vampy says:

      Thank you for this wonderful gift. You can limbo under my campfire anytime.

    • bogeymanuk says:

      Bad morning has turned into happy smiley morning because of your video, thank you for the laughs it is a work of comedy genius.

    • Araxiel says:

      Thanks for this hilarious flick.
      But now I’m confused….sexualy confused.

  21. tungstenHead says:

    wtf is this wow rainbow bullshit in my diablos??

  22. Zanchito says:

    That’s some excellent wine, sir!

  23. Premium User Badge PoulWrist says:

    That was great-

  24. danimalkingdom says:

    You just made me laugh raucously out loud at work. Nobody even looked up. but thanks RPS and Mr youtube man

  25. Zarunil says:

    Pure awesome!

  26. Premium User Badge dirtyword says:

    But the unique selling proposition inherent to Blizzard’s new envelope-pushing solution promotes blue sky thinking by landing and expanding their position as a leading provider of state of the art online synergy.

    Do you think a end user perspective end-around and the ability to pick the low-hanging fruit is compatible with that?

    So thats why no mods

  27. McDan says:

    That was awesome, mods ARE ace.

  28. Feartheflames says:

    Not all mods are ace.

    Case in Point: http://imgur.com/r/gaming/MLjax

    • Snuffy the Evil says:

      But this one is!

      But seriously, what the Christ.

    • Dominic White says:

      In the words of scholar and saint Mr Plinkett: What is wrong with your fa-..EVERYTHING!?

      In the post-cyberpocalypse, Lombaxes apparently got HUGE and RIPPED.

    • Kollega says:

      Well that… is really fucking stupid. Has this man who transformed Ratchet into a Liefeldian monstrosity beyond human comprehension no respect for good character design and proper proportions? This is just… just… ugh. It’s retarded.

      I think i’ve expended my stupidity quota for today in two and a half seconds. Forehead, meet concrete wall.

    • Mut says:

      I really can’t unsee that, can I?

  29. Avish says:

    I need a brain surgery to stop that song from playing in my head….

    IT HURTS!!

  30. hardband says:

    No idea why, but that was extremely enjoyable!

    • Ayam says:

      It’s when, after quite some hijinks, he was being chased by the guy with the sword that I broke out into mad laughter.

  31. Tei says:

    *try to say something, and fail*

  32. Morte66 says:

    What a load of rubbish.

    First decent argument I’ve seen for not having modding.

    Definite misfire there, RPS.

    • absolofdoom says:

      I’m not sure the internet is for you.

    • kikito says:

      Go play FIFA or whatever and shut up.

    • skinlo says:

      Obviously a bit too subtle for you.

    • manveruppd says:

      Think he was being sarcastic. (Not sure though)

    • Morte66 says:

      RPS doesn’t post this sort of thing sarcastically. Ironically, perhaps, but not sarcastically.

      Then of course there is their 200% over-developed sense of whimsy…

      [p.s. what is FIFA? Lately I've played Witcher 2 (good RPG but didn't like the twitch), and Europa Barbarorum (utterly superb mod for Rome Total War). Looking forward to Frozen Synapse.]

    • The Sentinel says:

      Welcome to “Being Completely Wrong”, Morte. That vid is real genius.

    • Araxiel says:

      Don’t you guy see it? He’s not an PC elitist jerk as we are, he’s an literal elitist jerk. This puny video of distortion is far below him. Mods, pah. He does not need them. Mods are for people that want to have fun.
      But Morte does not play games for the fun, no. He play’s so he can show what an elitist jerk he is. Also, he’s only visiting RPS to snort at people having fun.
      Also, his favourite game is the Streetcleaning Simulator.

  33. Juiceman says:

    Just look at the german mod Nehrim for Oblivion. That was practically a full game. Was just as good as Oblivion too, imo

  34. Olivaw says:

    Reminds me of the saga of one “Dongs REO Speedwagon”: http://www.freelanceastronauts.com/games.php?id=3

  35. UnravThreads says:

    To be honest, Oblivion is as much an advert as to why mods are bad as it is for why they’re good.

    Modding communities are perverted and lore-breaking beyond belief, and I stopped modding my games because I got absolutely sick of having to trawl through pages of Anime costumes, sex mods, BDSM outfits and other ridiculous crap to find the ONE mod that might work.

    • Dionysus says:

      If there is one good mod you like, they’ve already proven their worth. Free, completely optional material? You can pick out the lore-faithful, the perverted sex romps, whatever. I can’t see it ever argued they’re truly a negative. Maybe in crazy land where you must install every single one, even the ones that contradict others.

      I’d argue for sites with better organization and searchability… Most mods, like most books, TV shows, etc. are utter crap.

    • Pointless Puppies says:

      That’s why you go look in the top 100 and sift through those. There’s a reason mod website have top lists, precisely because of what you just said.

    • Waltorious says:

      @UnravThreads:

      Isn’t that a bit like saying that we shouldn’t play games because a lot of games are bad? If you don’t want to figure out which mods are good, then you are free to not bother, but for the rest of us, the good mods are very rewarding.

    • PFlute says:

      I seriously think the real issue is with the main Oblivion mod website. And Pointless, in my experience the top 100 are still the ones voted up by the regular community — which means most of them are slender anime-girly outfits. A quality lore-friendly set of armor suits remains hidden beneath a couple of hundred chainmail bikinis.

      Of course, there are ‘best of’ lists elsewhere, and those help. But it’s still a hairy, frustrating field. Hopefully with Skyrim we can see some better forms of organization. Lord knows I’d love to just gather up all the lore-appropriate content additions and tie them together.

    • Pointless Puppies says:

      @PFlute:

      Are you talking about the Nexus? Because just in the Top 25 I see Trade and Commerce, OBMM, BOSS, Wrye Bash, Darnified UI, the Midas Magic overhaul, Unofficial Oblivion Patch, Elsweyr, OBGE, Better Cities, TES4Edit, and Unofficial Shivering Isles Patch. Pretty much some of the most important mods there are to be had in Oblivion.

      Yes, there’s anime/fetish crap, even in the Top 25. I’m not saying it doesn’t exist, but I AM saying it’s really not hard at all to find the good stuff. I know it’s all vote-based, but it still pretty much works. It’s not like you have to sift through hundreds of the things, it’s just a small list and the non-fetish-crap is pretty easy to spot.

    • UnravThreads says:

      @Pointless Puppies
      I’ve just gone on and looked at the top 25. 12 of them, at the very least, were either lore-breaking, overtly sexual and/or didn’t fit the visuals of the game. And, of the 12 I saw, 3 of them were also blocked as Adults Only.

      Looking at the top 100 (non-adult), they’re mostly either tech and/or UI fixes and utilities (Like OMOD), visual enhancements or lore breaking crap (Lich King armour from Warcraft? Seriously?). It’s so hard to find high quality, lore-friendly mods that don’t make my character look like a stripper from an anime flick.

    • TheGameSquid says:

      You’re completely right! When I was a little kid I turned on my radio only to find Bon Jovi blasting out of the stereo. I thereby concluded that all music must be inherently bad, and I have therefore stopped listening to all music whatsoever. In fact, our governments did a fine job when they decided to ban all sound from our good planet!

    • Urthman says:

      You think Nexus is bad, you’re going to get a real shock when you start using this thing called the Internet.

  36. thegooseking says:

    I would have thought it would be easy to justify allowing modding to Activision, given that no-one would buy VtmB if it weren’t for fans fixing the damn thing.

  37. Snuffy the Evil says:

    And then, on the totally opposite end of the spectrum…

    NOT SAFE FOR ANYWHERE

    NOT SAFE FOR ANYONE

    • Teddy Leach says:

      OH GOD WHAT.

    • Davie says:

      NOOOOO

      I can never look at Oblivion the same way again, knowing that there is a sizable portion of the community who believe it is a noble goal to turn the game into a Final Fantasy rape simulator. Granted, I was aware of them previously, but actually seeing their dark and terrible spewings has made it all the worse.

    • BeamSplashX says:

      You just had to say spewings, didn’t you?

    • ArcaneSaint says:

      I need to go bleach my eyes in acid… and my brain too.

  38. Thunderkor says:

    I don’t want to live in a world where things like this don’t exist. Hooray for mods!

    Let the furries and the weirdos have their off-putting freaky stuff, I can ignore all those that don’t interest me. But this kind of stuff just makes me happy.

  39. Po0py says:

    This shouldn’t be just a post on a blog. This should be one of many posts on a campaign to get Blizzard to man up and do the right thing.

  40. nullward says:

    Trying very hard not to bust out laughing in a quiet office.

    I had to stop the video about 15 seconds after the music started.

  41. AlwaysRight says:

    Can we have a satirical story outlining the evils of putting real life money into games now please?

  42. Vague-rant says:

    Brilliant. Just brilliant.

    The animations are pretty well done all things considered. Always wondered how people managed to get new animations into Oblivion- only a shade less impressive than the script extender in my eyes.

  43. Muzman says:

    At about 1m 33s where he’s annoying the guy reading:
    …Is that the Boris Yeltzin dance?

  44. manveruppd says:

    Well that was 3 minutes of smiling! :) Back to the daily misery of my life… :p

  45. Leelad says:

    Playing oblivion again..

  46. Velvetmeds says:

    At least Blizzard makes good games. Bethesda doesn’t even try.

    • Symitri says:

      I’d argue against that. As much as I hate the quality of Bethesda’s quality control when it comes to the technical aspects of their games, namely how often they crash or how many bugs they launch with, there’s a lot more I find to love in their games than in Blizzard games as of late. I’ve felt wrapped up in the worlds of Oblivion and Fallout 3 while I played them and while I would get angry at the crashes, it’s only because I enjoyed the experience enough that I hated being taken away from it if just for a minute.

      Blizzard doesn’t release games often enough to judge but I haven’t felt any passion for a game since I first played WoW five years ago. Experiencing the world for the first time was incredible and back then, I might have agreed with you. But I’ve gone through three expansions of that now and Starcraft 2 and the conclusion I’ve drawn is that I couldn’t care less about their games now. Sure they’re polished but they lack a lot of soul. I’d take the game that crashes but makes me feel something over the one that doesn’t but gives me nothing any day.

      BUT that’s a huge aside from the video posted, which was awesome and made my day brighter.

    • The Sentinel says:

      Should I counter your completely subjective opinion with my own completely subjective opinion, in the finest argumentative, battle-ready traditions of the Internet? Or should I point to the fact that they’re still trading, still making screeds of money, as all the argument needed to overturn your clearly biased statement? You choose.

  47. markside says:

    Words just aren’t enough…

  48. RQH says:

    I am increasingly convinced that these sorts of decisions re: mods are not made by people who actually enjoy games, or whose primary goal is to make a game that contributes to the world in any way, or for whom any argument that mods make the world a better/happier/sillier/pick-your-adjective place holds sway. The decision is made because they didn’t think about it until after they’d built tech that didn’t easily support it, or to save on time/budget, or most likely because their whole real-money auction house idea goes down the shitter if people can mod in anything they want. There are certainly plenty of people at Blizzard who care about games and who would love nothing more than for their game to support mods, but they are not the ones making the decisions, because to rise to a certain level in the industry you have to stop caring about games in that peculiarly passionate way that is utterly divorced from how much money they can make you.

    • po says:

      Or because when people can make their own mods, you can’t sell them endless DLC, a lot of which is lower quality than mods that are released for free.

  49. Daz says:

    What a wonderful way to start off the day :D

  50. sjjs says:

    Cute, but has nothing on the Malkavian Mod for Deus Ex. That shit is transcendental.