Fallout 4 has been getting a lot of press lately because of Far Harbor, its newest DLC which is touted as the game’s biggest expansion and has just been released a few days ago. Because of this, it’s not surprising if companies would jump on the Fo4 bandwagon to get a slice of the action.
One of these companies is GPU designer and technology giant NVIDIA, which is tapping into Fallout 4’s mods community. Modding, for those who aren’t familiar with it, involves making modifications to the official version of the game, allowing players to come up with their own weapons and armor and even creating their own quests. It might seem illegal at first glance but, for Fallout 4, it has become the lifeblood of the game and is even fully supported by developer Bethesda.
In fact, Bethesda has released the Garden of Eden Creation Kit, an official modding platform that gives creators the tools to make their own modifications. And this is where NVIDIA is making its move: it’s organizing a contest that would bring together those who are using the Creation Kit and see which one of them could create the best mods for Fallout.
Those who want to join the contest should first download the Garden of Creation Kit. Once they have it, they need to decide which category they should join. There are four categories to choose from: Status (mods that manipulate dialogue, audio, and other factors and change how things work in the game), Inventory (mods that create or enhance weapons, clothes, and other items), Data (mods that deal with quests and Workshop mode), and Map (mods that focus on geographical and environmental factors, such as towns and vegetation).
Once they have created their entry, contest participants can upload it on Bethesda’s website on or before July 3. NVIDIA will pick the top five mods for each category and, on July 11, the public will vote on which mods will be declared the winner. Mods will be judged on their originality, creativity, quality, and other factors.
Finalists will get a GeForce GTX GPU and a Bethesda gift bag, while the first place winners for each category will get both prizes as well as $5,000 USD. Grand prize winners will receive a Fallout 4 custom PC, $10,000 USD, and engineering support from NVIDIA. We’re not really sure yet what “engineering support” will entail, although it’s highly likely that it can involve coding and other optimization for Fallout 4 mods.
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