Online communities are changing video games to make them better

One major advantage of playing video games on computers instead of game consoles is the ability to mess with the structure, look, and gameplay of your favorite titles.

This is known as "modding."

"Modding" is just jargon for "modifying" – altering – video games. Savvy fans dive into the back-end of their favorite games to fix bugs, update graphics, or introduce new elements. Sometimes, fans create new games altogether (we're looking at you, "DOTA"). Some game studios create custom "mod tools" for their games, making the process even easier for the less code-minded among us. In order to play a mod – even ones that are essentially full games – you need the underlying game on your computer. The mod runs on top of the original game. Think of the original game as the foundation. The mod is the house built on top of that foundation.

Video game players have been mucking about on the back-end of popular titles – from "Skyrim" to the earliest text-based adventures – for as long as games have been on the market. And, for nearly as long, those edits have passed back and forth on the internet. 

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