Those of you who have been following this site for a longer while might have noticed that we dropped away from showcasing mods as frequently as we did in the past. Even so, one particular GTA 5 mod caught our attention - and that of others in the gaming press - which truly deserves mention, if only for the creativity displayed by the author.
Those of you who follow tech news, or simply info related to smartphones, undoubtedly knows of the whole Galaxy Note 7 debacle Samsung has gotten itself into. It isn't a simple case of features, functionality, price or some other minute aspect that is angering the notoriously nitpicky phone-enthusiast crowd. No no, this is an actual issue wherein the phones literally explode during regular use.
In fact, this is the second run of the Note 7, and all phones have since been recalled, and Samsung discontinued production and distribution. The launch model of the Note 7 had the somewhat inconvenient tendency to catch fire even in lieu of any trauma or external influence. The devices would combust during regular use due to an engineering issue.
After that wave was recalled and a new, "safe" model was put on the market, users began reporting the same combustion problem coupled with cases of the phones actually exploding. The whole situation cost Samsung around $2 Billion in losses, however the media fallout isn't the only result of this engineering oversight.
A rather imaginative mod took off and went viral within the GTA 5 community. Created by modder HitmanNiko, the mod is extremely simple - it changes the model of the in-game sticky bomb into a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Brilliant.
The mod comes with phones in a variety of colors and several interchangeable wallpapers. The models are flawless and extremely realistic, and the whole idea is considerably creative. The author has been showered with praise in the comment section under his mod's page on GTA5-Mods, with users commending the originality of the idea.
Seeing as GTA is in its essence all about satire, this mod perfectly fits the tone and mentality of the franchise, even if it isn't exactly lore-friendly. That said, this minor cosmetic mod might even be the kind that stays in the folders of even purist players wanting a laugh each time they grab the deadly explosive in-game.
Have any of you experienced a Note 7 fire first-hand? Is this mod triggering PTSD of any kind?