Top Five Skyrim Mods of the Week - Colourful Tree Magic

Join Cam and Seb as they make Breezehome enormous, build their own forest, and shoot forks from crossbows. That's right, forks.

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B3 - Brilliant Breezehome and Burrows by RobinSage

Colorful Magic by 184Gesu

Skyrim Reforestation Project - Build your own Forest - Trees and Foliage Magic by skyrimaguas

Crossbow Bolt Variation by Prodigy

Wet and Cold by isoku

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Discussion

111 comments
Clarissa Grantham
Clarissa Grantham

Thats probably because oblivion is the best game in the entire world!

naomha1
naomha1

Heck, I just put in over 200 hours in Skyrim this week since its release. I finally beat the main quest line and still have yet to finish up Dragonborn. I'm only level 50 with this character and am still exploring and loving the game. I don't get to play it a lot, but when I do, I usually put in at least a 5 hour sit down. I'm also running over 120 mods to date, and running them in a BOSS sort order and cleaned, the game runs amazingly well.

_yuriy_
_yuriy_

honestly feels sometimes that the game is still 6 months old

Josiah David Tweedie
Josiah David Tweedie

I hate questions like that. Before Skyrim came out, people were still playing Oblivion in 2011. People are STILL playing Oblivion now.

jayg24
jayg24

where is the sharknado spell

Obidion
Obidion

Is Gamespot owned by Bethesda that you keep Skyrim modes so highly advertised on GS for that long?

Kelleyb4947
Kelleyb4947

Hey all, I made a petition on Change.org to help MS and Sony get mods (user-made content) on their next gen consoles. The petition also demands they help DEVs get a portion of used game sales. 

https://www.change.org/petitions/microsoft-help-establish-a-mod-market-for-console-games

Below is the explanation of what would happen if the petition was a success. Below that still, is the actual petition letter. Please click the link and sign, spread the word of this petition to everyone you know. When Major Nelson said, "it's up to the developers if mods happen" he opened an avenue for us to speak our opinion. It is our duty to stand, and help the developers we know and love succeed, and in doing so doors will be opened for us as well:


Mods are equivalent to downloadable content, but mods are made by the fans for the community. With fan-made content we can have things like a skyrim add-on that is 1/3 the size of the original Skyrim, and is free! These things exist, and on the next Xbox console you will have the ability to create such content. We need the support of the DEVs and the support of Microsoft to make this happen. Please take the time to consider this awesome opportunity. If you are against Microsoft, please contemplate the ramifications of this change on the rest of the market. A Mod (fan-made content) is great for everyone, and spurs innovation in the minds of the developers. the PS4 will also have a debug kit available for purchase to those who have the skills to create game content. 

We are also signing this petition so that the devlopers, the ones we know and love, can get the money they deserve for selling these games. When you buy and sell used games you give no money to the people who worked thousands of hours to create those games. If this petition passed, as a consumer, you would not have to change the way you buy and sell games; the 3rd party retailers that are stealing money from the developers would be held accountable for the money those developers deserve. 

In turn, we would get games that offer many more hours of gameplay per dollar that you payed for them. We would get the same content PC owners recieve at places like Steam, and we would get game prices that match Steam's as well. Anyone who has the skills to create content for games, should sign. In doing so you are showing the industry that we no longer want downloadable content that costs as much as the game you purchased that content for. It is time to take a stand for the future of gaming. 



Petition Letter:

To: 
Julie Larson-Green, Executive Vice-President of the Devices and Studios group at Microsoft 
We sign because we wish to widen the profit margins of the developers we love. We fight the 3rd party retailers that make millions and leave us with downloadable-content that costs more than the games we purchase them for. We need, and you want, a market where your developers get the funding they want and need. We sign to ask you to bring back what was once a perfect market, and give us a marketplace that we supply. Our creativity will guide us. Using the debug kits found in your new console, mods beget profits, but no one will invest. End this liquidity trap. 

Offer developers the security they need to support mods, make sure developers get a piece of used game sales at 3rd party retailing outlets, and we the gamers will make sure you see no red in your ledger. We ask only that our skilled community have a chance to develop these add-ons, just as they will in your self-published indie game’s market.

Sincerely, 
[Your name]

Renunciation
Renunciation

Yogi Berra:   "When you come to a fork in the road, take it!"

Whiterun Guard:  "...In the knee?"

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

That might be the coolest spell mod I've ever seen. Most of the spell mods are pretty straightforward rebalancings (since Vanilla Skyrim magic is garbage) but generally you don't see many mods that add that many new spells with such ridiculous animations. Even if some of them are kind of buggy, like the tidal wave floating off of mountains, that is pretty impressive.

fanirama
fanirama

I think it is time Gamespot stopped this main page reporting of a mod for a game that is at best a 7/10 

Maybe some kids at Gamespot are so enamored by it that they cannot think of anything else. But this is getting annoying seeing Skyrim mods on the main page almost weekly. Sure there are people who care about it but c'mon, give it a rest already.

tension22
tension22

You know for season 1 of this stuff, I heard the voices and I could try to imagine what these two would look like with their metrosexual voices... but now.    Ugh.

ramb1402
ramb1402

Anyone knows what ENB mod are they using on this vid?

spindie
spindie

they still do top skyrim mods? This game is like 35 years old

Stabba_The_Kutt
Stabba_The_Kutt

Fork crossbows? A new breezehome? Winter clothing? If I was going to report on a game that's nearly 2 years old, I'd want to make sure it was something pretty groundbreaking.

wwebster5
wwebster5

i finally had to put down skyrim the other day.  i realized i was spending time cleaning up my skyrim house, and not picking up my real home.  time to refocus my priorities.

Oaken-shield
Oaken-shield

Gosh this makes me want to re buy skyrim again........AND KILL SMOG once in for all.  But all of you guys will have to wait till december, cant wait for my movie :)

thorn3000
thorn3000

the real question is....colourful or colorful?

Daian
Daian

I really liked "Name of mod" by  "Designer" at 3:15. Editing fail :))

noandno
noandno

So... when are you doing the falskaar?

EmpireITtech
EmpireITtech

@Obidion it's actually just a good game. I don't even play it anymore bc I only have a limited amount of video game time (damned life) but it's a great game with tons of good mods. wake up little fella =]

cameronrobinson
cameronrobinson moderator

@Obidion Nope, people just still really like Skyrim. It's the 5th most played game on Steam at the moment which is kinda crazy for a game thats almost two years old.

RS13
RS13

@Kelleyb4947 If I'm understanding you correctly, you're asking for xbox to bring back the policies they 180'd and release the debug kit so gamers can create mods for various games.  

The debug kit can't do that.  

If I want to mod Skyrim I open the Creation Kit make some changes hit save and thereby create a .esp file.  In case you don't know ESP stands for Elder Scrolls Plugin.  It can't be loaded by another game (at least not another non-Elder Scrolls game).  The program I use to create that mod can't be used for other mods.  The mods you can create for a game are pretty limited until you have the developer's tools.  Bethesda had released these for each of their previous two (maybe more) Elder Scrolls games and the 2 most recent Fallout games as well and people still couldn't create very complex mods until the kit came out.  Similar story with the Witcher 2.  The whole witcher Nexus had less than 100 mods until the dev kit came out.  Now the witcher 2 Nexus (since seperated) has nearly 300 mods.  Some mods are possible without the developer tools--heck they might even all be *possible*--but the dev will always have a large say in whether and to what extent a game gets modded.

There are some other, lesser, difficulties as well.  For instance, to create a mod 1/3 the size of Skyrim, you'll probably need a PC that can run Skyrim and PC gamers tend not to want to help out console gamers.  The same goes for smaller mods like retextures (unless you can run photoshop and the like on an xbox, just forget about it).  And of course, it's all going to be easier on with a keyboard and mouse than with triggers and joysticks.  And if you're thinking "I'll just make the mods on PC, but play on console," well, no dice.  The dev tools allow you to edit in-game assests, but those have to be on the PC you're working on to be available for edit: you have to have the game on PC.  So you're relying on PC gamers for you console mods.  As you can probably tell I'm a PC gamer, but I don't hold anything against console gamers.  I hope you get your mods, but you're never going to get the quantity or quality of mods that PC gamers have available.

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

@Lambchopzin Indeed!  It looks a couple spells short for earth and fire and air bending, and one spell short of Kamehameha, but it is impressive still :).

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

@fanirama Why does it bother you so much that they keep making these? If you don't enjoy them don't watch them. Pretty simple solution.

Amandamarvell
Amandamarvell

@gamegenie789  Did you mean these Mods? They are using an ENB and some texture packs, which can be demanding, but if you're not fussed with the graphics, then you should be able to run the mods on this show. Don't go crazy with the plant spell one though, more trees mean more things for your PC to cope with.

snova9308
snova9308

@spindie 

why do you watch every single episode, and complain about it? you have 48 hours a day or something? go do your homework before your mom spanks your sorry ass.

JDFS
JDFS

@spindie It's not even 2 years old douchebag, it's an open-world, in case you didn't know it's not a crappy CoD game that lasts 2 weeks...

ReadySebbyGo
ReadySebbyGo moderator

@Daian Final Cut fail. I triple checked that before I hit render, and it still defaulted. 'Sake.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@noandno 

I was just thinking the same thing.

I seem to remember a post from Seb last week, stating that Falskaar was to be next?

I'm sure it's in the works. A mod of that size will need more time to put together... I presume?

Obidion
Obidion

@EmpireITtech @Obidion My sister just started playing it and I finished it off after premiere- personally it's all the same as it comes to Elder Scroll system but can discuss on people's tastes as everyone's is different. What just stings my eye is- that it alwasy is on 1st page among 5 big selection's in news:) And it's not even about new game- just Skyrim mod corner:) Well- keep playing if you like it anyway. Regards

Kelleyb4947
Kelleyb4947

@RS13Firstly, thank you for the response I will gladly take any criticisms so as to make my petition as valid as possible. I agree that a petition with one goal is a petition that will get more signatures,but the reason DEVs don't need to make creation kits available for console's is because of DLC. The reason for the DLC is their profit margins being shrunk by 3rd party retailers. If we allow user-created mods, the DEVs DLC will be worth less, but in the end the DEVs will still receive more profit. Now, mods have already happened on consoles, there have been mods in the game Unreal Tournament 3 for the PS3. Other customization's the petition centers around, for these skilled individuals that DEVs choose to create mods, are things like Halo's forge or things like the game Project Spark. This has the chance to be a reality. It has been confirmed that yes, modification would be made on PC, but since the Xbox One's architecture is so similar to a PC the files could easily be transferred to the debug kit from there. 

These modifications would have to be reviewed by the DEVs of the game, accepted and debugged, and then placed on the market. These modifications would have to follow a strict requirements so as to be able to be played by the console; since, like you said, mods usually take place after the DEVs give out creation kits, it would be easy for them to create those kits only able to make mods the consoles are able to run. So, things like massive re-texturing mods that would max out a gtx 690 sli set-up wouldn't be made available; however, things like expanded quest lines, more choices for the gamer in cut scenes, new enemies, new armors, new class creation types and entire overhauls of class creation could be made possible..among other things. I'm really talking about the meat of the game here, graphics are a secondary desire behind the lore of the games.

If Microsoft feels the need to bring back their 24-hour check-in and DRM in order to facilitate DEVs getting a proper share of used games, then that is what they will do. I don't feel that is the only way to go about solving this problem though. These games are Microsoft's property, like people were so quick to say, "you don't actually own the game, Microsoft does" so they can do whatever they want to with 3rd party retailers. 

RS13
RS13

@Kelleyb4947 As an aside, I've got to wonder what the point of console mods would be.  In case you didn't know mods can seriously screw up your game.  They don't always, but its a lot of work to make sure a heavily modded game is playable.  And many of the tools you need (stress *need*) if you want to install more than 1 or 2 mods only exist on PC.  Even if they got ported over, you've still lost the plug-and-play ease that was, IMO, console's biggest draw.  So why not just play on PC?  The Steam box is coming out around the same time as the xbox1 and has the same price.  (It also has *thousands* of games available at launch.)

Kelleyb4947
Kelleyb4947

@RS13 Again, thank you for taking the time write such a detailed response to my post. Feel free to PM me, or we can surely continue this conversation here where the Gamespot audience has a chance to throw their two cents in for what they want out of their next gen consoles and games. If you feel my opinions aren't validated by facts, again, feel free to comment on any and all of my remarks as I am only trying to make the best petition possible. Thanks a million!

ReadySebbyGo
ReadySebbyGo moderator

@punksterdaddy Cam and I are still figuring out how to tackle that one. We ran out of time last week to give it the attention it requires. I'll stop making time promises, but we are going to cover it in some way.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@noandno @punksterdaddy 

I appreciate your answer. I do agree with you but I was actually meaning the show itself (in editing) in order to do the mod some justice.

We'll just have to wait and see... It should be worth the wait.