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Todd Howard: Mods “make your game better”, more companies should allow them

Thursday, 1 March 2012 14:02 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Bethesda’s Todd Howard told G4 in the latest episode of X-Play he prefers mods over DLC and doesn’t understand why so many game companies don’t provide users the tools to create their own content nor why they don’t allow modding, period.

While many companies rely instead on DLC, Howard said Bethesda benefits from releasing modding tools due to the additional attention the firm’s games receive from the community.

He also admitted the team is rather wowed by some of the mods created and because of the creativity out there, DLC isn’t half as effective or fun at creating a great gaming experience.

You can listen to the full interview with Howard, where he also discusses the Skryim Creation Kit, through here or below.

Thanks, GameFront.

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9 Comments

  1. freedoms_stain

    most Publishers prefer money over no money.

    Dice are fooling nobody with their claims of FB2 being “too complicated” for modders to work with. EA want them pumping out paid DLC until the next DICE game, at which point they’ll probably want to kill BF3 all together, not allow modders to keep it running long after official support dies.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Sini

    the only good thing your shit game with simplistic combat, boring world, yawnfest plot/dialog and outright mentally retarded npcs have is mods, so you better believe it.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    @1 Yeah, I guess on the plus side, it means that someone at Activision and EA actually knows that modders would threaten their own content on quality.

    That’s a small victory for the volounteers in my opinion.

    I can’t quite escape the notion that Bethesda has a pretty big stake in allowing mods for their games, I mean beyond the fact that there have been truly great ones in the past.

    It essentially also allows people to help them fix their games :P

    Either way, the more inclusive the better. That’s what the industry needs these days. Too many of them are busy building big dark towers.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. TheWulf

    It’s definitely a truth that mods can aid with the survival of a game. Mods turned a game that I probably wouldn’t have bought, and a game that I found boring, into something that I wanted to play.

    I’m actually offended by the retarded depictions of wildlife in some games, I find kamikaze animals to be incredibly lazy when it doesn’t take that much effort to code a working ecology that makes all this a non-issue. Ned proof? Both Morrowind and Oblivion have working ecology mods.

    Also, the dragons after the main quest are like effing cliff racers.

    So important mods to me are those that have provided Skyrim with a better sense of having a sustainable ecology (mods that do this full on will be out eventually, too, as they were with Morrowind and Oblivion), and the passive dragon mod (which I enable after the main quest).

    I mean, what’s Paarthurnax doing? Sitting on his scaly rear and watching the clouds drift overhead? If his promises meant anything, it would mean that he’d pretty much have called the heads of the dragon families together after the death of Alduin and would have started knocking some sense into them. There were only two things making the dragons ‘evil’ after all: That they feared Alduin, and that they didn’t realise that they could be anything else.

    So the cliffracer dragons after the main quest are as immersion breaking as they are bloody irritating.

    I don’t like killing in games beyond what I’m supposed to kill. So one thing I did to avoid that is used the werewolf form’s howl to scare people away. That way I could just kill the necessary target when everyone else was fleeing in terror. Unfortunately this becomes ineffective after level 25. BUT THERE’S A MOD THAT FIXES THAT.

    Another thing?

    Werewolf fucking backtracking.

    You’re a sapient werewolf that’s able to make the choice to go into a dungeon and not kill anything other than your quest target, but you’re not smart enough to pick up a bag of coins? I call unadulterated bloody shenanigans! So there’s a werewolf loot mod which fixes that.

    ANIMALS can report crime. So if I accidentally shoot a traveller with an arrow, a rabbit runs off and informs the guards about it. There’s a mod that fixes that.

    1,000 gold for transforming into a werewolf, really? I’m the effing dragonborn, I saved your arses from Alduin, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. If I say that you don’t attack the werewolf wearing [identifiable marker], then that shit should fly. I want to be able to actually hop into a town without the werewolf form wearing off. Because really… who’s going to be stupid enough to attack the dovahkiin in the middle of a town? This is another incredibly tiring and unfun restriction, which Skyrim has a lot of. It was poorly thought out. But there’s a mod for that.

    There are a lot of games I don’t buy purely because of all these annoying issues you can’t ever fix. So yes, modding is important. In fact, modding may even be the MOST important thing.

    Sure, Skyrim is still incredibly boring (the fault of the setting and storyline, that is), but at least mods are doing what they can to make it fun. A particular favourite content mod is roof-jumper’s treasure, which I implore you to play if you have not. In roof-jumper’s treasure there are notes added to roofs in each of the holds.

    The idea is that you use clever jumping and whirlwind sprint (that shout dashy thing) to get to different roofs. In each of the holds there’s a series of clues which leads you on a scavenger hunt. Once you have all of the clues for a hold, you then have to figure out where the clues are telling you to go. And some of them are HARD. Hard, hard, hard, hard, hard. But so, so fun.

    And, frankly?

    Roof-jumper’s treasures is some of the MOST fun I’ve had in Skyrim. Hands down just some of the most enjoyable time I’ve spent with that game. You know me, I prefer having some content which isn’t “HO HO HO, I AM A GENOCIDAL MANIAC THAT KILLS SHIT!”, because I’m not that sort of gamer. More power to whomever is, I guess, but that’s not me.

    This is actually why I liked New Vegas. New Vegas had a good amount of content which didn’t involve killing. In fact, if you did it the right way, you could proceed through an unmodded New Vegas without killing a single person. I honestly believe that they did do that intentionally.

    And come to think of it… New Vegas really needed far, far less mods than Skyrim. Far less. But the modding capability was there, which was nice.

    I’m the sort of person though who thought that the most fun to have in WoW was wall-walking back before they fixed that – and now that they’ve fixed that there’s really next to no fun to be had in WoW at all. I’m that sort of person. I value the odd bit of alternative content.

    So… yeah. New Vegas could have gotten away with no mods, very easily.

    Some games though… some games need mods, and without the ability to mod them I just wouldn’t have bought them. If Skyrim hadn’t been modifiable, I wouldn’t have bought that. And with each good mod out there it’s turning into an increasingly better game.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. TheWulf

    @2 – I wouldn’t go that far. But it IS a boring setting. I’m definitely looking forward to somewhere other than EPIC REALITY REPUBLICANLAND. Where your only choices are fascism or racism, and you like it or lump it. Ffff.

    @3 – Yeah, pretty much. It probably helps Bethesda keep a handle on quality when they can see what modders can do. Some of the best DLC for a Gamebryo game though didn’t come from Bethesda, but rather Obsidian. New Vegas had amazing DLC… Old World Blues… so amazing. But yeah, they don’t seem to feel threatened by mods, which is a good thing.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. The_Red

    “Make your games better” part is for every game company BUT Bethesda. For them, mods “Make their games PLAYABLE”…

    Even the greatest game of all time becomes shit when it has to deal with all the crazy bugs, playability issues and other constant problems in Beth games. Heck, PC version of Skyrim was literally unplayable at first. What with so many control and UI issues along with another million little naggings.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Kabby

    “Heck, PC version of Skyrim was literally unplayable at first.”
    No, it wasn’t. Over exaggerate much?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Stardog

    Please fix the broken Creation Kit so we can actually create decent mods…

    http://forums.bethsoft.com/topic/1347249-unofficial-creation-kit-bug-list-2/

    #8 3 years ago
  9. fearmonkey

    @5 – Could be worse, it could be EPIC REALITY DEMOCRATLAND (Where you have to give a large percentage of your money and stuff away to be “fair”)
    Sorry, I couldn’t resist lol….

    Todd’s right though, more games should allow mods, and better yet, find a away to bring them to the consoles. Not really mods, but I remember having a great time playing with Timesplitters 2 map making features, and Halo’s forge to a lesser extent.

    #9 3 years ago

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    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]