Mods are a tricky thing to talk about in the world of video games. On one hand, the power of mods allows gamers to make content for some of their favorite titles, stuff that developers wouldn’t put it themselves for various reasons. In some cases, mods take on a life of their own and turn a video game into something else entirely. For example, it can go from a simple shooter to an RPG, or an RTS, or a racing game; it depends on the mod. The problem is, many games don’t like the idea of mods. World of Warcraft is one of them.
It isn’t hard to see why MMORPGs wouldn’t allow it. After all, many modding communities focus on singleplayer games because when you add multiplayer, the complications can be huge. Now, imagine an entire MMORPG being transformed by a single mod. Even on a single server, that’s a lot of variables to account for. Yet, some World of Warcraft fans are still open to the idea of it, even if Blizzard isn’t.
So, what do WOW players want to see via mods in the game? As with mods themselves, the responses are varied. Some want superficial things such as changes in how certain characters look. Others want certain sound effects to be altered, such as user LegoDudeGuy who says “I would like to replace the current gun sounds with the Barrett 50. Cal sounds from MW. Would make marksmanship hunters 100% more badass.” Others think the potential for expansion of both world and gameplay would be very appealing with mods. User Harucifer, for example, suggested a “Pokémon battle pet mod.”
The list goes, and the reason for that is pretty simple: mods are so adaptable that virtually anything can be made with them, Which is likely why Blizzard is so hesitant to allow them in World of Warcraft. Would you like to see mods in the game? Let us know in the comments below.