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Capture The Flag

In Pictures: 20 Of Our Favorite PC Game Mods
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Capture The Flag

This mod really needs no introduction--it has become a standard multiplayer mode since its first appearance in Rise of the Triad. However, Capture the Flag's popularity really boomed after it appeared as a mod by Dave "Zoid" Kirsch for id Software's Quake. Players didn't need to download anything extra. They simply connected to a server with the mod already installed. Soon afterward, Threewave offered an expanded version, building upon Zoid's "classic" version and added downloadable custom maps and skins. This custom (Threewave CTF) version went on to become the template that shaped Capture the Flag in the Quake sequels and other first-person shooters.

Zoid was eventually hired by id Software to work on QuakeWorld and the CTF modes for Quake II and Quake III Arena. In 2000, Zoid worked as a senior programmer for Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes for Nintendo. His latest gig was Valve's zombified first-person shooter, Left 4 Dead. As for Threewave, the group went pro and worked on the multiplayer portions of Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Doom III: Resurrection of Evil, and even the recent Ghostbusters game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. As of December 2009, the company had closed its doors due to a lack of new contracts.

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    jools33 , August 13, 2010 7:33 AM
    Apparently only First person shooters are modded - what a tedious list... You guys ever play anything other than shooters?
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    rkelly1 , August 13, 2010 6:26 AM
    to bad the firearms mod for HL (now FA source for hl2) isnt listed.
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    sparkle_ftw , August 13, 2010 6:32 AM
    The Specialists is not only the best mod ever, but may even be the best game ever. What a huge disappointment.
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    smithereen , August 13, 2010 6:59 AM
    Whoa, too many shooters. Where's Planetfall and TSL RCM?
  • 21 Hide
    jools33 , August 13, 2010 7:33 AM
    Apparently only First person shooters are modded - what a tedious list... You guys ever play anything other than shooters?
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    rkelly1 , August 13, 2010 7:39 AM
    there are also TONS of mods for oblivion and fallout 3 (halo mods for fo3 were sweet)
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    magicandy , August 13, 2010 7:48 AM
    Hell yeah Natural Selection. Shame that game is a ghost town lately =/
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    jonsy2k , August 13, 2010 8:07 AM
    As long as NS gets a mention, I can live with it.
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    coconut , August 13, 2010 8:35 AM
    Man, I sure played a lot of Action Quake 2. If it wasn't the inventor of the fps headshot, it came close (it did exist before Counterstrike).
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2010 8:58 AM
    What about the first real hard core mod Infiltration with iron sights, and in later versions breathing sway and running motion. Lots of fun. And speaking of the original UT mod's the western themed Badlands was cool as well.
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    jimishtar , August 13, 2010 10:37 AM
    vampire vs slayer for hl2 was pretty fun to play :)  there were also some very fun mods for Red Alert 2.
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    iam2thecrowe , August 13, 2010 10:44 AM
    what about Fruit Doom, did anyone ever play that?? lol.
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    demonhorde665 , August 13, 2010 11:16 AM
    man this has to be the gayest list of mods i ever seen , aside from GTA every mod is FPSer mods ,wtf ??? what about oblivion , fallout 3 , dragon age , baldur's gate 1 and 2 , mechwarrior 2 and 4, just to name a few games from other genres that saw tons of mods
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    mrmotion , August 13, 2010 11:31 AM
    What about the master and maximum lvls for doom and doom2? User created lvls distributed by ID. Even came with a sweet poster.
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2010 11:50 AM
    no love for the dota? But it's your favorites so fair enough.
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    neiroatopelcc , August 13, 2010 11:56 AM
    How come all mods are for shooters (except the gta one) ?
    Imo the best mod ever made must be Wake of Gods for Heroes of Might and Magic 3. It made the already best game of the series into a much much better game.
    It really beats any mod in this list except ctf and cs, and since I don't like fps much, is top on my list.
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    bokuden , August 13, 2010 12:38 PM
    The WW2 mod for Myth II is still one of my favorites.

    Way too many FPS mods in this list, sigh.
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    Wolvan , August 13, 2010 12:40 PM
    No CoD-Modern Warfare mods eh?

    Their are alot of mod packs, and items taken by the developers to use in the craptastic MW2.

    A favorite newer mod for Modern Warfare was the Star Wars mod. Map was Tattooni, Empire vs Stormtroopers, blasters of all types etc. Fun stuff.
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2010 12:45 PM
    CPMA
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    isamuelson , August 13, 2010 12:54 PM
    Where's Painkeep? That was an excellent mod for Quake. The can of beans to help you jump higher when you fart was hilarious. Of course, the farts also gave up your location.

    Oh, and the air gun to blast a rocket coming at you back at the shooter? Awesome.

    Painkeep was the most played mod by my friends and I. I just don't see how that didn't make this list.
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    LORD_ORION , August 13, 2010 12:56 PM
    You are fail for not including Total Annihilation: Uberhack

    Not just fail... EXTREME FAIL in your lack of mod knowledge.
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