Project Sinister: Something Sinister This Way Comes
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Whenever I start a modding project I try to find something around me that will inspire this design. I look for something fresh and unique, something that gets my blood moving and my interests piqued. For this project I sat back and decided that I wanted to do a mod for Halloween. Not only do I love this particular time of the year but it would also give me a deadline for completion.
When I think about Halloween, I think about the spooky things associated with the holiday. With this in mind, I set about drafting a sketch of what I want this mod to achieve and what look I was going for. One of the first things I decide is the name of the mod. This name will reflect what the mod will finally look like, as well as the attitude that goes into it when itís being made. When I think of things that are evil and spooky the most prominent detail that comes to mind is silence. Something that is frightening and disturbing rarely screams or makes noise, but rather unnerves you with its absence of sound. Bearing that in mind, this mod going to be a quiet mod, in both appearance and function. Iím going to use some sound dampening materials to reduce the systemís overall noise level as well as make the modded details as subtle as possible.
Modding, to me, is an experience unlike anything else. Modding is lots of hours of tedious work and creation that will hopefully result in something you can be proud of. Additionally, modding certainly injects a personality, an ego, into the product. The hours spent cutting and grinding and painting and polishing are well worth it when you take a lifeless and cold box of plastic and steel and turn it into something infused with a soul, a definite view of its place in the world. This mod will be called Sinister.
For the Sinister theme I really needed to develop some ideas that would project the project's name. The name implies cool malevolence, a calculated hate that permeates the very being of the machine. For this purpose I wanted to mod the machine with subtle touches, making components that were still functional but to the same degree having a slightly malevolent edge.
To achieve that end I decided to take an old ATX-488 case that Iíd had for some time collecting dust on my shelf. It was slightly damaged in shipping (as seen by the massive gouge in the optical drive) and not suitable for resale in its condition. It was, however, in the perfect condition to be modded.
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