As you’ve probably noticed, your Minecraft world doesn’t look a lot like the world outside your IRL home. That’s something that the Real Life Seasons Mod wants to change.
The Real Life Seasons Mod keeps track of the date by looking at your system calendar. After identifying the date, the mod uses different texture packs to change the in-game environments to fall, winter, spring, or summer. There are even different texture packs based on all twelve months of the year, so you can watch your textures change from month to month.
If it’s July 1 in real life, you can expect to see summery textures in game, and if it’s December 1 in real life, you can expect your world to be covered in snow. It’s an extra touch that can help fully immerse players in the game. Unless, of course, you live near the equator or in the southern hemisphere.
While the in-game textures change, the in-game seasons do not change. No other game mechanics or game features are changed at all. This mod simply changes the textures from month to month as the seasons progress.
One of the best parts about the Real Life Seasons Mod is that it’s universally compatible. The mod’s creator, TQuin, claims that “this mod is compatible with all Minecraft versions and other mods.” A bold statement, but one that appears to be true so far.
So is this a mod or a texture pack? There’s some debate over that, and members of the Minecraft Forum have trouble deciding whether to place the Real Life Seasons mod into the Texture Packs sub-forum or the Mods sub-forum. At this point, it doesn’t really matter. But basically, this is a mod that modifies the textures in your game and nothing else. Call it what you want to call it.