5 times gamers outshined game companies

Ever wanted to develop your own video game, or change something in a game you have lived, breathed for many months? Here are 5 times when video game fans did exactly that... and kicked ass while doing it.

1. Day Z

In 2012, gamer Dean Hall developed Day Z, an open world first-person shooter mod based on the video game ARMA. The Inspiration for Day Z came after Hall survived 20 days in the Brunei jungle with just 2 days’ worth of rations as part of a military training exercise. Besides adding zombies, he developed new mechanics such as thirst, hunger, and disease, thereby introducing a survival component to the game. Day Z reached 1 million players in its first month, with thousands of players purchasing ARMA just to play the mod.

2. Black Mesa

In 2011, a group of modders decided to complete an entire update of Half-Life. The graphical improvements alone were so impressive that Destructoid hailed it as “a brilliant tribute to one of the greatest video games ever made”. Apart from up-to-date graphics, the mod includes improved character animation, controls, and physics. You can buy it here.

3. Team Fortress 2 – Item mods

Released in 2007, Team Fortes 2 is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation. In 2012, Valve opened the game for financially compensated modding of equipment and costumes, which means players could sell their mods to other players and make some decent cash. One such gamer was Will Sergermen, who made over $80,000 off his “Hibernating Bear” and “Grand Duchess Fairy” costumes.

4. Blood on the Asphalt

During the 2000s, a group called OverClocked Remix released a fan tribute album called Blood on the Asphalt, featuring remixes of songs from the Super Street Fighter II video game. The music was so good that Capcom USA hired the group for the official Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix soundtrack.

5. Shadow of Lylat

A few years ago, while Nintendo struggled to develop new games for the Star Fox series, a group of gamers decided to take matters into their own hands and create a game of their own, called Shadow of Lylat. News of the game spread like wildfire, with beautifully grafted graphics and battle scenes appearing shortly after. However, development of the game ceased in 2012, with no news of whether it will ever see the light of day.


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