Now that almost any citizen of the internet can conjure a funny photoshop or GIF with ease, the video game mod has become a high-bar of lowbrow goofs. Mods, short for modifications, are tweaks that change how a video game looks or operates. Sometimes the goal is to improve the game, elevating the visuals or adjusting the difficulty, but my favorite mods are the one-off jokes.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is a go-to home for the goofy mod. Last year, we cataloged some of our favorites: one dropped a whale from the sky, another constructed a skyscraper-sized skate ramp, jumbo jets fall from the fire, my favorite turned characters skeletons into JELL-O.
Three years into GTA 5, modders are still putting out new works. This week, we get a gag from modder HitmanNiko inspired by the serious recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. In the video, above, we see the game’s sticky explosives have been replaced with Samsung Galaxy Note 7s. The real Galaxy Note 7’s battery ran the risk of exploding. The virtual Galaxy Note 7 is far more extreme. See for yourself in the video above.
Yes, the mod is a little late to the Galaxy Note 7 goof parade, but this took time and dedication. This isn't your run-of-the-mill photoshop. No, this is the future of the high-touch internet joke. It is, dare I say, explosive.