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GameSpot Guide to Modding Skyrim

By: Matt Purslow, GameSpot UK - Posted on Nov 21, 2011

We take a look at 10 of the best mods currently available for PC Skyrim players.

Do you play Skyrim on the PC? If so, you should know about a fanatical force that operates in a certain sector of the Internet. They call themselves modders, and their reputation precedes them. Bethesda's games have been havens for modders for years; many PC players firmly believe that the best elements of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout games are produced by the modding community. Just take a look at the mods available for Oblivion; graphical tweaks make this five-year-old game look like it's running on next-gen tech, and quest mods add entirely new stories and characters to the world. Even fantasy author Terry Pratchett has written dialogue for an Oblivion mod.

Skyrim hasn't been out long, but already the community is hard at work over at the website Skyrim Nexus. While it's going to be several months before anything major appears, graphical upgrades and performance tweaks are already appearing. We've rounded up 10 of our favorite mods to show you, as well as a guide to installing them. If you are planning to use a lot of mods, downloading a mod manager may be useful, since it can install and remove mods with ease.

1 - Time Counter

You can get completely lost in Skyrim, and it's possible to lose track of the time you're investing into this snowy world. An exceptionally simple mod, this time counter displays how many hours you've spent in Skyrim on the loading screens. Simple and nonintrusive, it will let you see exactly how many hundreds of hours you've played, allowing accurate bragging rights when you talk to other Skyrim players, and shocked faces when you tell your other friends.

Installation: Download the file from Skyrim Nexus and copy and paste it into the interface file in your Skyrim installation folder, located at steam/steamapps/common/skyrim/data/interface

2 - Enhanced Blood Textures

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