Okay a bit of classics to set the stage
The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned from Crete had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians down even to the time of Demetrius Phalereus, for they took away the old planks as they decayed, putting in new and stronger timber in their places, insomuch that this ship became a standing example among the philosophers, for the logical question of things that grow; one side holding that the ship remained the same, and the other contending that it was not the same.— Plutarch, Theseus
Now games face similar issues and the two games I have focused on here, these past few weeks have a distinct difference of opinions. Elder Scrolls allows all sorts of Modifications and third party add-ons, Head over to twitch and find that NONE of the streamers views look like yours do when you start the game. They have things for hunting down items in game, inventory, maps, damage and spell trackers, anything goes.
I am not ashamed to say in that game I have a few of the ‘standard add-ons” (as they call them) such as a mini-map and a skyshard tracker. But others I try and lay aside because I find the game becoming less and less like the game and more like the graphics on top. So If is stream (really got to do some of that soon, make a note) then Mine will be a bit modified but still closer to the original . . . that is how I like it.
Eve online, on the other hand, discourages ‘add-ons’. I only say discourages because I know the clever players of the game (some of whom are programmers in their own rights) tend to find ways around silly little things like ‘rules’. Some of the more imaginative ones I miss but they are not allowed now and I would be a fine one to be banned from a game I have spent so much time in for using some dubious add-on.
But for you . . . does a game NEED to be played the way the devs made it? Can we do better as the player base and if we do . . . is it the same ship, the same game.
fly it like you won it