The Daily Grind: Have you ever run unauthorized MMO modifications?

In the earliest days of Final Fantasy XI, you couldn’t alt-tab without crashing the game. Thus, the Windower program, a little add-on designed to force the game to allow alt-tabbing like basically anything else in the world. The add-on was also disallowed, but the developers eventually adopted a “don’t be an idiot” approach to it; you have native window support now, but if you still want to use it for its other functionality, just don’t shout about it in-game and you’ll probably be fine.

Of course, it’s hardly the only unofficial modification that affects a game’s functionality; multiboxing in World of Warcraft, various map add-ons for City of Heroes, the DPS trackers for Final Fantasy XIV. Every game has stuff that’s not technically allowed, but isn’t any sort of cheating tool; it’s just there to improve your life as a player. So have you ever run unauthorized MMO modifications? Not cheating tools, those are a different story, just mods that alter the functionality of your chosen games?

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Sorrior Draconus

Yeah the dps for ffxiv and a few umm..mods of a certain nature in ffxiv and wow

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Fervor Bliss

No. Never even considered it.

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Mewmew

No. I think I’ve used authorized mods about twice ever, and unauthorized mods never ever. Honestly depending on how much it improves the functionality if it’s not authorized it could be considered cheating if your functionality is improved above others who are not using it. Even if you don’t personally consider it a major type of cheating. It’s better just to stay away from anything that isn’t authorized.

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Sally Bowls

I use addons – a couple of hundred in WoW – in games that have them, but nothing unauthorized.

IMO, the “multiboxing in World of Warcraft … stuff that’s not technically allowed” was misleading since multiboxing is allowed.

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nobleeinherjar

Windower instantly came to mind. And man does FFXI need it. When the console versions of FFXI shut down, I was hoping the devs would incorporate some of Windower’s functionality into the game itself. Oh well, not a big deal.

Then there’s sometimes the question of if ReShade counts as an unauthorized mod, and I rarely play a PC game without it. I also used a little “mod” (I think it was mostly just moving some files around and renaming them) so that names weren’t censored in the Dark Souls series. And I used the English translation patches to play PSO2 for a while.

Did EQ2 sanction add-ons? I feel like they were allowed, but it’s been too many years since I last played so I don’t remember. But I used a good amount of add-ons for it, if they weren’t.

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Schmidt.Capela

Then there’s sometimes the question of if ReShade counts as an unauthorized mod

IMHO it very much is. That one inserts itself in the game’s graphics pipeline using techniques similar to those used for cheats, and when the game uses darkness for gameplay reasons it can even work as a cheat (though, in the same situation, so can tweaking the gamma setting on the graphics driver or the monitor).

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Weilan

WoW Machinima Tool, but I didn’t care what happened, I just wanted every zone to be a day at 11 AM and it to be a cheerful and sunny, even if it was Duskwood or Plaguelands.

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donvweel

When I played WoW I used Carbonite addon while it was unauthorized. Later was authorized I think it was something to do with the payment model.

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Monsoon

I’ve run a few mods for World of Warcraft that made the female armor designs more… interesting back in the days of Wrath of the Lich King. I don’t think those mods will work without a modified client .EXE these days, which I’d rather not use. It’d be a shame to have my account suspended/banned all because I wanted to see some elf boobs.

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Furcik K

If Reshade counts, I use it in nearly every game I play.