Lesson 10. Mods, cheats, bots: dos and don'ts
Tired of the same old gameplay and want to mix it up? Or make the graphics a bit fancier? Or add some new characters? There are mods for this and more. They exist for many games, from high-budget titles to indie projects.
But be warned. Mods — as well as games themselves — are great cover for malware (think back to the lesson about downloading games). So only download official mods from trusted sources.
But here's the snag: mods are usually created by third-party developers or complete amateurs. So by default most mods are unofficial, and hence pose a risk. Nevertheless, that risk can be minimized.
Naturally, the best place to download mods is from the game developer's official website, if there is such a section. The chances of picking up malware there are minimal. The Steam Workshop is also a fairly safe bet. There's a chance that mods there
will have been checked for malware, though it's not guaranteed. But neither do there seem to have been any complaints thus far.
If a particular mod isn't in the Steam Workshop, you could try Nexus Mods — a large online community of modders with an administration that tries to fight fraudsters. But it's still advisable to select only mods with a good reputation, a high rating,
and lots of reviews.
It's definitely not worth downloading mods from unknown sites or via links in forums — at the very least you're likely to pick up adware, and probably worse, together with, or instead of, the mod.
One more tip for desperate gamers: if you already downloaded a fan mod, scan it with an antivirus. And if it's an archive, unpack it first to be on the safe side.
That's mods done, now for cheats and bots. If you don’t know what these are, good for you — it means you're safe. But if you do and are planning to use them, have a rethink. Here's why.
Cheats and bots give gamers an unfair advantage. But it's not ethics that we're concerned with right now. Cheats are bad for developers, because they spoil the game for honest players, so any attempt to cheat will be harshly dealt with by publishers
and gaming platforms. For instance, Valve Anti-Cheat on Steam actively searches for cheats on users' computers and blocks the accounts of unsporting gamers. Almost all publishers of online games have similar systems. Don't want your account blocked?
Then don't use cheats. It's a similar story with bots — developers seriously disapprove and ban accounts that use them.
Because cheats and bots are prohibited, it goes without saying that downloading them is a major risk. They might easily contain malware, and official or even reliable websites with cheats and bots simply don't exist. Scams are also common — you pay
for a program, and the seller vanishes without a trace. In general, the only safe approach in respect of cheats and bots is to keep clear.
Incidentally, you might even run into fraudsters when buying something that's perfectly legal. But more on that in the next lesson.
Check the true statements about mods, cheats, and bots.
site offering cheats and bots is probably reliable
and bots are always smiled upon by game publishers and services