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Fallout mods are appearing on Xbox one with out the owners premission

Posted on June 7, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

Remember when Microsoft announced it was bringing (limited) mod support to the Xbox One? Well they did it, and a few games now have the ability to use the most popular PC mods on the console. This has raised a never been seen issue with console gamers, but one that PC gamers are intimately familiar with, stolen mods.

Some of these stories are pretty benign. for example the inclusion of DogtoothCG’s NCR Ranger Veteran Armor in Spawn Item was passed off as an accident and quickly removed, the files purportedly having been obtained in an email exchange. Other have not been so accidental.

Redditor /u/Bee-Wry compiled a list of the most flagrant examples, there is a full lift of Senor Pato’s Ringo the Flamingo that even copies the description from ModDB. The description has been copied in full. hilariously the thief has left the install instructions for PC in the Xbox description. So just in case you want to install Nexus Mod Manager on your Xbox you can do it.

This type of  thievery is fairly common in the modding world but seeing it spread to consoles is pretty disheartening. In response to the issue Bethesda have cooked up this document which is meant to tell people how to have unauthorized copies of their mods removed from the Xbox. Dont expect that link to be anything easy, its a full DMCA request, but what it does do is hopefully give the mods creators an avenue to get their products back from the offending uploaders. But hey, at least you don’t have to pay for these mods right?


Developers of the XCOM ‘Long War’ mod form a new studio

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Broken Joysticks

Today the developers of the popular XCOM mod Long War have announced their forming of a new game development studio, Long War Studios.
Their first title to be released under this new endeavor goes by the name Terra Invicta.

As detailed on the popular gaming forum NeoGaf, the project is stated as being “a grand strategy game in which the player leads the defense of Earth during an alien invasion”. “In pre-Kickstarter development”.
As for the story it certainly lifts some thematic tones from the XCOM series such as aliens and general earth defense. At the same time the description hints at a more in depth, larger scale and more expansive game altogether than XCOM’s squad based classic.

The description is as follows:

“An alien force has arrived in the far reaches of Solar System and begun probing Earth’s defenses and building an invasion fleet. The player must assemble a council of scientists, politicians, military leaders and operatives who can unite Earth’s squabbling nations with the ultimate goal of taking the fight to the aliens in the high ground of outer space.”

You can check out the new studio’s site here and the NeoGaf thread here.


Nexus mods has been hacked, unauthorized changes made to Fall Out 4 mods

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

Rock Paper Shotgun is reporting this morning that: “Nexus Mods, the site which has long hosted a gazillion mods for 216 games, particularly Bethesda RPGs – including Fallout 4, which has not yet followed Skyrim to the Steam Workshop. There’s been a possible hack, with some Fallout 4 mod-makers reporting suspicious changes having been made to their uploaded files. Nexus’ owners have established that the breach only affects user registrations up until mid-2013, although that still comprises almost six million accounts and very much covers the Skyrim heyday.”

Basically some un-authorized changes have been made to mods for super popular Fallout 4, which means someone has access that they shouldn’t have and according to Nexus mods them selves these files included the password database. Even if you arent currently using Neuxs Mods, if you had used it in the past its definatly a good idea to change your password as soon as possible.

The Author of sevaral mods including: Rename Dogmeat, and BetterBuild mods say someone other than them made changes to the versions of their mods hosted on Nexus, while site representative DarkOne brought the news of a “potential database breach. it’s too ambiguous to draw any concrete conclusion”,

None the less the site is asking everyone changes their password ASAP. Whoever’s responsible for the breach has access to user IDs, usernames, email addresses for registrations prior to July 22, 2013. Passwords are encrypted – hashed and salted – though it’s not impossible that that could be broken in time. The better news is that Premium member’s payment details aren’t kept anywhere, as they outsource all that to Paypal.

According to the site itself only accounts pre  July 22, 2013 should be effected, but staff has said it is a good idea to change your password anyways to ensure it is not an issue. The site is currently down, and the rumor has it its because they are rushing to add in an additional suite of security features for things like two factor authentication. Full details can be found here  here , and you can change your password at that link right there.


Modder Discovers Unused Weapon in Fallout 4 Data

Posted on November 21, 2015 by Broken Joysticks

A modder that goes by the name xxdeathknight72xx has found an unused weapon in Fallout 4’s data and has since released it as a mod on NexusMods. This may be something from an unreleased DLC, or simply something they chose not to include in the final game for whatever reason. The gun is a sweet looking “underwater” weapon that’s basically a harpoon gun in both appearance and function. The mod itself overrides the Railway Rifle, as it is a direct replacement for the time being. I’ll include a video from a YouTube user named Tyrannicon featuring the mod at the bottom of the post right after the mods’ link.

You can find the gun/mod here.


Fallout 4 Configuration Tool by Bilago

Posted on November 12, 2015 by Tamsin Heineman

One of the biggest complaints with Fallout 4, perhaps the only complaint, is the poor optimization for PC. Well the good news is an audacious and well known modder named “Bilago” has released a configuration tool to help things run better on your rig. Most options are self explanatory and let you adjust things like frame cap, Kodix’s FPS boost(which may not work on all PCs), world and first person FOV, and various other standard tweaks. I want to also mention here that if you uncap your framerate it is highly recommended to turn on Vsync for the game in your video card’s control panel(ATI Catalyst/NVidia Control Panel) .

You can grab the configuration tool here.


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