Items tagged with mods

As you may well know, the original Nintendo Wii is based on fundamentally the same CPU as Nintendo's previous home system, the Gamecube. That's an IBM PowerPC chip known as "Broadway," which is essentially the same thing as the PowerPC 750CL. It's a 32-bit CPU that runs at 729 MHz, and is a very close relative to the... Read more...
We have come a long way from punching a hole into the side panel of our cases when it comes to case mods. We have seen added windows, improved airflow, worse airflow, and even unique objects used as cases. Some mods may be as simple as sleeper builds where you have a powerful PC inside an old case. Others are more... Read more...
AMD's AM5 socket and Ryzen 7000 processors retain compatibility with CPU coolers designed for Socket AM4. This presents a problem, because the LGA-style socket is much slimmer than the PGA style used on Socket AM4, so using the same coolers meant building Socket AM5 CPUs with extremely thick heatspreaders. Despite... Read more...
AMD's Socket AM5 is a notable improvement over Socket AM4 in that it's impossible (or at least, much more difficult) to accidentally yank your CPU out of the socket when you're changing heatsinks. However, it does have its own share of annoyances. Chief among them is the cut-out design of the CPU IHS, which could... Read more...
Many people dream of meeting their heroes. It seems like tech YouTuber Samperson got that opportunity in a round-about way recently, when legendary PC game designer John Romero reacted to a Twitter post showing how a fan got the 1993 classic first-person shooter DOOM running in Notepad. Almost as popular as the... Read more...
Hey dog lovers, do you want to play the popular new game Stray but just can't bring yourself to it because it's not a dog? Well, you're in luck— thanks to a fun little mod the cute little cat can be turned into an adorable little puppy! Stray was only released a few days ago, but it has made splashes thanks to its... Read more...
The PlayStation 5 is gigantic for a game console. There's no two ways about it; Sony's latest dedicated gaming system is a beast of a machine that occupies more space than a typical Mini-ITX custom PC. It's bigger than the Falcon Northwest Tiki we just reviewed, and that machine came with a GeForce RTX 3080... Read more...
When we talk about modding third-person fantasy RPGs on the PC, you almost assuredly will start thinking about the Elder Scrolls series, and particularly Part V: Skyrim, with its enormous library of user mods. Those games have official modding tools straight from Bethesda, and they're built in such a way that they're... Read more...
A lot of people go into FromSoftware's games with the wrong ideas about what they're all about. Titles like Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and now Elden Ring are often described as online action RPGs, but that's not really accurate. The games do have online multiplayer components, but in actuality they are primarily... Read more...
If you don't pay close attention to the enthusiast PC building and overclocking scene, you may not be aware that Intel's LGA 1700 socket used by its 12th-generation Alder Lake CPUs has a small-but-significant design quirk. You see, unlike previous Intel LGA CPU sockets going back all the way to LGA 775, the LGA 1700... Read more...
Just about anyone who builds PCs is well aware of the shortcomings of stock coolers. They're functional enough, but they don't always cool particularly well and they can be irritatingly-noisy while attempting to do it. Intel revised its stock cooler design for Alder Lake; by all accounts, the redesign was an... Read more...
What are video games without a few mods? Elden Ring has proved to be immensely popular and modders have already worked to add their own touch to the game. Two recent mods make it easier to obtain and retain runes in Elden Ring. Runes essentially function as XP and purchasing currency and are primarily obtained... Read more...
Those of us "Elder Millennials" and Gen X can easily harken back to the days of pencils fixing our music. Gen X has at least a few years more of experience of doing so, though. Well, Cabbage Patch Kids & Teddy Ruxpin owners, the days of your music being eaten by your tape deck look to finally be over! Before you go... Read more...
One of the greatest new features that you'll find in a lot of games is a photo mode. These modes usually let you pause the game, and then tilt, pan, swivel, and zoom the camera freely for taking epic screenshots. The concept isn't new; many older games (including From Software titles) had this capability, but it was... Read more...
Alright, so—remember how Intel's LGA 1700 sockets seem to be bending CPU heatspreaders, causing reduced cooling performance? We told you about it back when we talked about how AMD's socket AM5 seems specifically designed to avoid this particular problem by screwing the CPU retention bracket directly through the board... Read more...
Do you have a GeForce graphics card from the 10-series or later, or alternatively an RDNA-based Radeon? If the answer is "yes," have you tried Quake II RTX? If not, why not? You don't have to own the game, nor do you need a GeForce RTX graphics card to play it, although both admittedly make the experience a lot nicer... Read more...
Update 11/12/21: After topping $100,000 in bids, the modded iPhone X with an unsanctioned USB Type-C port ended up actually selling for a bit less, but still for a immense sum—$86,001, to a bidder/buyer who was presumably willing to pay. It attracted over 100 bids (though most likely not from 100 different... Read more...
When it comes to using the internet in any way, a general rule of thumb is that you should never download software from a source that you do not trust. Yesterday, CD Projekt Red Support sent out a tweet to dissuade people from downloading mods for Cyberpunk 2077 because a vulnerability was found the modding system's... Read more...
Valve would be tickled pink if you plunked down a grand for its Index VR Kit to play Half-Life: Alyx, a VR-only game that raced out to rave reviews when it launched in March. It is playable on less expensive VR headsets as well. But what is a Half-Life fanatic to do if they don't own a VR headset? They can either buy... Read more...
Take-Two Interactive is definitely not a fan of “Hot Coffee”, and no, we are not talking about your favorite Starbucks order. Take-Two recently demanded that a Red Dead Redemption 2 mod with sexual themes be removed. The Red Dead Redemption 2 mod “Hot Coffee” allows players to have physical intercourse with women in... Read more...
Part of the reason why PC gaming continues to thrive is because of mods. Fans of franchises have proven themselves to be highly creative individuals with a penchant for creating fun mods, but unfortunately it can be a sticky situation when legal red tape is involved. That is the case facing a promising Red Dead... Read more...
Back in the 1990s, PC gamers first experienced the thrill of hopping into an X-Wing and engaging Imperial pilots in intense space combat. Now more than two decades later, a group of modders is giving the original Star Wars: X-Wing game a fresh coat of paint by remaking the simulation using Unity engine. A longer than... Read more...
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