Now that my little history lesson and introduction here is completed, lets get a little more in depth into what a modder actually is. A case modder is someone who modifies their case, either for performance reasons or aesthetic reasons. While this may sound rather trivial a description, it is the only inclusive one available. However, to this definition, it does come with a strongly opinionated caveat. Kitty stated it best, but it is something I agree with whole-heartedly:
"In my opinion, the modding community is becoming more and more divided. There are those who are happy with all having the same mods as the other 95% of the group. To me, they are no better than those who are content with plain beige boxes. In fact, I see them as being worse. I call people like that "clusterfucks" - people who think they are being different, when in fact their work is no different from other modders. In my opinion, such things as biohazard window etches are long since passť. If one guy does it and others like it, the rest of the sheep herd themselves together and do the very same thing. That's not modding. It's copying. It's right back to another level of status-quo, i.e., one massive clusterfuck."
Yes, this is an opinion I agree with, and am extremely irked by whenever I go to the fan-sites and look at the work displayed. While I'm glad people are stepping outside of the realm of beige boxes, they're not grasping the true feel of the spirit of case modding. Sorry about that little tangent there, its something that really peeves me sometimes, and I am somewhat embittered about it. Still the general description of a case modder is:
"Someone who modifies a computer case for functional or aesthetic reasons or both"
- Cold Dog
Now that we have an understanding of what qualifies someone as a case modder, lets look at why they are one. For this part, both Kitty and Ultragooey said it was for need of "Self Expression", and I would totally agree with this. The case modding experience shouldn't be one that is done because you're looking to impress someone, or any other self-serving reason like this. Case modding is done because you want something other than what you have, and you want to make something different than what is out there now, there really isn't any other way to put it. It may sound like some kind of religious or spiritual thing, and in some ways it is, but its not, really. Kitty had some great feedback on this part:
"You just can't talk modding to the average Compaq owner. They are happy with their tacky plastic face covers and don't understand that need for change and personal expression. I mod because I can."
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