Quite a few home entertainment devices can be 'modified', allowing more features then the manufacturer intended. Do-it-yourself hacks are also common -- mod chips can often be seen for sale on online auction sites.

Before DVD players became common, circumventing copy protection in game consoles (playstation and dreamcast, for example) was the most widespread mod. The ability to play import games was also a big plus -- there are three times as many playstation games available in Japan than North America, for example.

DVD players are commonly sold modified, allowing one to bypass dvd region lockout.

Mod"i*fy (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Modified (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Modifying (?).] [F. modifier, L. modificare, modificari; modus limit + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Mode, and -fy.]


To change somewhat the form or qualities of; to alter somewhat; as, to modify a contrivance adapted to some mechanical purpose; to modify the terms of a contract.


To limit or reduce in extent or degree; to moderate; to qualify; to lower.

Of his grace He modifies his first severe decree. Dryden.


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