Mods refer to slight or significant changes made to a video game, usually by people other than the original creators.
These changes could affect one or more aspects of the game. Sometimes, a mod could reflect a complete overhaul of a particular game.
Mods are available for download on several gaming sites online. Mods of different games are constantly updated and released to the public.
A mod organizer (MO) is a tool used to install and manage mods.MO is also a library of sorts for gamers who love to experiment with mods.
Sometimes, mod updates to a new game version are not released on time.
So, how do you update mods to be compatible with your current game version?
How To Update Mods
Updating your mods depend on your mod manager. There are several mod managers available. The most popular ones are Vortex, Mod Manager 2, and Steam mod managers.
To update mods, follow the steps below.
Step #1: Find the location of your mods
You should figure out where you installed your mod. You will always find your mods where you installed the games. If you installed your game in (C:), your mod will most likely be in (C:).
Step #2: Next, locate your mod organizer
The next task is to locate your mod organizer or manager. Note that mod organizer and mod manager are used interchangeably in this article. They mean the same thing.
If you installed your mod using Steam, you need to find a file directory for the Steam workshop.
We will be using Steam as a reference. The procedure is similar to other mod managers. You can always work around the variances if you get the hang of it.
The default path for a mod manager is usually something like “C:\Program Files (X86)\Steam\”.
Step #3: Access the content folder
In a folder called “steamapps,” you will find another folder named “workshop.” In that folder, you will find another folder called “content.”
The “content folder is where most game mods are located.
So your overall path will now look like this: “C:\Program Files (X86)\Steam\steamapps\workshop\content”.
Step #4: Find your mod number
In the content folder, you will find another folder with numbers in their titles. These numbers are the IDs of the games you have installed.
You will find a lot of folders like this. You might be wondering how to know the number that belongs to your mod.
There are two ways to find your mod number to update it.
Click on each folder to check what’s inside. Each folder contains a compressed file (.zip). Each of these files will have a name linked with the mod. Some can be perplexing.
When you find the file with a name linked to your mod, unzip the file using 7zip or WinRar.
Important tip: Remember to save the path when you find the file linked with your mod. It contains your mod number. You will need it later on.
In the unzipped folder, find the file ‘descriptor. Mod’.
Step #5: Edit your mod file in Notepad
Open it with a text editor. Windows Notepad will suffice for this task.
On Notepad, go to the last line of the text code. You will find something like this: ‘supported_version=” 1.x.x” “,’. X are numbers relating to the game version.
Change the numbers to your current game version. The game version is usually displayed when you launch your game or in the game menu.
A handy tip: We recommend using an asterisk in the last number of the mod version in your file. For instance, if your current game version is 1.4.4, change the mod version to “1.4.*” instead of “1.4.4”.
Using asterisk instead of number ensures your mod works with all versions of 1.4, like 1.4.6, 1.4.7, until a significant 1.5 update is released.
Save the file. WinRAR will ask for permission to update the modified version in the archive. Click yes.
Step #6: Edit your mod
Find the file where your mod info is located. You usually find it in “C:\Users\USER\Documents\game publisher\game name\mod.” A typical example is “C:\Users\USER\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Hearts of Iron IV\mod.” Inside the “mod” folder, you will find files with different numbers.
Locate your mod number. Remember you had saved it earlier. Open the file in a text editor and to the last line. Change the mod version to the current game version as directed in Step #4 and save the file.
Go on and enjoy your game.
Important tip: When the official mod update is released, remember to update your mod. You can do this on your mod website.
How To Update Your Mod If You Installed It Via The Internet
Updating mods installed via the internet is easy. Skip steps #1-4 and begin at step #5. You will not need your mod manager in this case.
In any case, always remember to save your mod number. You will need it from time to time.
You know how to update mods. One might ask, is modding legal? Continue reading to find out.
Is Modding Legal?
Modding is so popular today that every player can have access to game modding tools. So, the ubiquity of mods raises an important question: is modding legal?
A mod is a program or software related to a particular game not produced or distributed by the game’s developer. In other words, mods are player-made changes to an existing game.
Sometimes, modders may remake an entire game to have a new look and features.
Original game owners have sometimes taken legal action against modders, forcing them to take down their games. In these legal actions, game owners have cited copyright infringements.
The truth is modding amounts to copyright infringement. Plain and simple!
Let us first consider what copyright infringement is.
The US Copyright Act governs all matters relating to intellectual property. This Act gives a copyright holder the exclusive right to publish, distribute or even modify your work.
Modifying your work can extend to making another derivative of the work in question. So when you create mods of an existing video game, you infringe on the owner’s exclusive rights.
So what do you do?
Sometimes, developers tacitly allow modding of their game by doing nothing about it. Others insert some clauses in the game’s end-user agreement to indicate exceptions.
If you are a modder, we recommend requesting permission from the game owner before making any alterations.
The game owner has the right and power to take down your mod anytime using legal means.
Benefits Of Modding
Today, virtually every PC game allows for the creation of mods of any kind. Developers have also acknowledged the importance of mods to their craft.
Mods benefit everyone – both the players and developers – in different ways.
#1. Mods can prolong the lifespan of a video game
Many games lose their relevance after a while. As gaming continues to develop, old games fade out of the market because their game engines become outdated.
These games lose their player base as a result as gamers seek exciting adventures in newer titles.
However, some games have not only retained their player base but remained relevant over the years.
A typical example is the video game series Elder Scrolls, published by Bethesda Softworks. Elder Scrolls was first released in 2014.
Seven years on, the game has continued to grow and maintain its vast player base. Peter Hines, a gaming executive, reported that as of January 2020, the game had sold more than 15 million copies.
There are other examples. One factor common to these legendary games that have retained their relevance over time is mods. Why is this?
Mods are generated by users and are free to download. Mods are created to allow players to enjoy the game in the way they desire.
The changes are endless. From simple tweaks to major overhauls, mods make gaming exciting.
What’s even more exciting is that there is an ever-growing community of modders on the internet. These people are always ready to make new features to add to any game to make it more exciting.
#2: Modding encourages talent and creativity
Creating game mods require creativity, talent, and diligence. Modding is one way potential game developers explore and develop their abilities.
Some of them end up getting rewarding jobs in gaming firms. Others have even developed their games.
Mods are player-made changes to an existing game. These changes may range from minor tweaks to major overhauls.
You can manually update your mods to a new game version via the mod manager.
First, locate your mod manager and then find your mod’s file. Unzip and find the ‘descriptor. Mod’ file. Open it to a text editor.
On the last line of the code, you will see your mod’s current version. Please change it to the new game version.
After this, locate where you installed your mod on your computer. Open the file to a text editor. Again, change the last line of the code to the new game version.