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Please help, video game mods are out of control

By James Cook

There are plenty of ways to illustrate the strange world of video game mods. We could show you a chart with exactly how many downloads they get (millions) or we could post a photograph of a computer that has overheated thanks to a mod that lets hundreds of soldiers fight it out on screen. But instead, the video embedded below demonstrates just how strange things have gotten.

Now in case you didn’t quite get that, what you saw was a heavily-modified version of fantasy adventuring dragon-slaying game, Skyrim. It usually looks like this:

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The fantasy adventure game is now a giant dance party. Tommy Wiseau, the director of cult movie The Room, is a half-naked dolphin horse, a ridable character. An army of Thomas The Tanks appears in the sky, before unleashing the apocalypse on the burly dance party below. Spiderman spiders are batted away with a lightsaber. This isn’t Skyrim anymore.

Skyrim has one of the world’s most active communities of video game modders. By adding new parts to the game or editing existing files, they’re able to use the finished product as a canvas for their own creations.

Not every Skyrim mod introduces wacky ridable dolphin people, some are breathtaking in their scope and lore-friendly attention to detail.

Skywind is an attempt to recreate Morrowind, a previous game by the creators of Skyrim, into this new, high-definition world. With hundreds of volunteers working to create new weapons, character models, music and lines of dialogue, it’s an incredibly ambitious project. However, the project is in dire need of women to record their voices for the game’s female characters. You can sign up here if you’re interested.

The most popular Skyrim mods can become immensely popular, with the top files on modding community Nexus Mods attracting millions of downloads.

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“Adult” mods are popular too, with nude characters and sexy outfits a particular draw. The Push-up sexy bikinis mod is popular with Skyrim modders, with tens of thousands of downloads.

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Another notorious game mod is “No Opposite Sex” – which only allows players to marry characters with the same gender as them.

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So why this cry for help? Surely a group of mischievous video game fans toying with a fantasy adventuring game is no cause for distress.

The world of modding is about to change forever. A user named “sheson” has discovered a way to force Skyrim to allow modders to do pretty much whatever they want in the game. Instead of being limited by the game’s draw distance and memory limits, modders can now push the game far further, dependent only on the power of their computers.

The bizarre video at the top of the article strains Skyrim to its limits, the hundreds of Spiderman spiders on screen most likely come close to what the game is currently capable of. But with the new development in modding, the number of burly, half-naked dancing men can be far higher. That’s right, even more Tommy Wiseau dolphin horse people. Skyrim is about to get a whole lot crazier.