Mod of the Year

2004 Mod of the Year Results ARE IN!

Each year we see a flurry of 'Game of the Year' awards features. We have even seen some 'Mod of the Year' awards, however, they have often been small uneventful features, judged by a few biased reporters and limited to one game. Not anymore; 2004 marks the first year when the public who make and play the mods out there get to decide which are the best going round.

Two competitions will be run:

  1. Finding the best released mods from each genre (i.e. action, adventure, strategy, etc.)
  2. Finding the best mod designers, the talent within the community (ie. best models, website, animations, etc.)

The outcome will be interesting; will the next-generation mods on the next-generation engines prevail or will the old classics come through with the goods? Will the popular games with tons of mods win by masses of numbers, or will the games with a few mods fuelled by cult followings prove a force to be reckoned with? Well January 2005 has come and gone so the results are in!

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The 2007 Mod of the Year event is about to kick-off, but before we look at the year that was we decided to take a stroll down memory lane and look back at the past 5 Mod of the Year awards.

Posted by INtense! on Nov 26th, 2007

The Mod DB team has been working around the clock to get the 2007 Mod of the Year Awards running and finally they are just around the corner! In a few days at the end of December they shall kick off and players choice voting shall begin.

But before we fight over the best mods of 2007 and debate endlessly if it was a good year of modding, its time to take a look back at the past 5 years of MOTY, an event which began as a humble forum thread and has now grown into a closely fought and coveted event.

Mod of the Year 2007 Trophy Mod of the Year 2006 Trophy

Mod of the Year 2005 Trophy Mod of the Year 2004 Trophy

Mod of the Year 2003 Trophy Mod of the Year 2002 Trophy

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Aeneas2020 Nov 26 2007, 4:15pm says:

wow some of those mods take me, perhaps some day i'll win one LOL...that'll be the day

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Spector Nov 26 2007, 4:42pm replied:

One day soon, could be your day, just gotta keep hacking at it. =)

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Gongong Nov 26 2007, 4:43pm says:

'05's one is the best so far.
Oh, the joy of winning one of those... :)

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joker_mx Nov 26 2007, 5:21pm says:

Funny how most of the winning mods are based on the Source engine.

Anyways, I'm SUPER hyped for this year's awards. Best of luck to all of the teams. May the best one win.

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ambershee Nov 26 2007, 6:04pm replied:

It's because of the somewhat overzealous 'othergamesdontexist' nature of the Source community =P

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INtense! Nov 26 2007, 9:27pm replied:

Actually I believe that almost makes it harder to win, since there are 500 mods all fighting for the same attention / votes. We saw that in the 2006 competition where HL2 dominated the top 100, but because people could only choose their top 3 and there were so many HL2 mods, BF2 dominated this stage and ended up cleaning up the prizes.

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leilei Nov 26 2007, 6:11pm says:

man, MOTY 2003 was such a failure

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Chandler Nov 26 2007, 6:59pm says:

Did he mean December or November? Because "in a few days at the end of December" doesn't make much sense...

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Dragonlord Nov 26 2007, 7:11pm says:

So is it now nailed what the new categories will be or is this still a run in the dark so far? Maybe we should ( in awareness of the source community ) make maybe a non-source mod award? This would especially give out-of-the-box mods a better chance to get some real exposure and recognition for their work.

Btw... how many of the winner mods are still kicking nowadays? Would be interesting to see what lasted and what not.

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Crispy Nov 27 2007, 7:13am replied:

There are better ways to organise it. As I've suggested in the past, giving awards by genre instead of by engine would compare similar mods against eachother. However, certain engines are better equipped for certain genres. Therefore awarding by genre would help non-Source mods get recognition for their achievements. Obviously Source would be a strong favourite for the FPS mods, but I doubt it would do so well in RPG/Adventure/Driving/Flight Sim, to give a few examples.

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Crispy Nov 27 2007, 7:32am replied:

The main question here is how to organise genres. We saw last year that 'Afraid of Monsters' for HL won 'Adventure'. I would say that it's a Horror FPS game, but not an adventure game.

For instance, this article
claims that the Adventure genre in its purest form is completely devoid of action, instead focusing on other things like puzzle-solving and character involvement. Even the Action-Adventure definition would rule out Afraid of Monsters:

"Action-adventure games focus on exploration and usually involve item gathering, simple puzzle solving, and combat."

So the question is really about how the genres are divided up. But this system does need to be dynamic and relate back to the year in question. E.g. if there were 5 Tactical Shooters and 4 First-Person Shooters released in the same year and they were all of a good standard, it would make sense to divide up the 'shooter' awards into 2 sub-genre awards. This will most likely be the case this year, since shooters are so popular.

I would also definitely divide up single-player and multiplayer awards, because not everyone craves one or the other equally.

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Kraln Nov 26 2007, 7:27pm says:

Digital Paintball is still kicking - all the way from 2002...

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Giddamon Nov 26 2007, 8:16pm says:

Wow, I can't believe Dystopia only got 3rd *thumb down* :(

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formerlyknownasMrCP Nov 26 2007, 9:50pm says:

Has anyone noticed that all the mods that seem to win are FPSs? LAME! Bout time an RPG or SpaceSim (Infinity I'm looking at you) kicked all your arses IMO :D.

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ambershee Nov 27 2007, 3:39am replied:

I think Infinity got quite a bit of notice last year, if I recall correctly. It is a shame that the prizes tend to be limited to the FPSs though.

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c4Menace Nov 26 2007, 10:19pm says:

already?! wow that was fast...

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Aeneas2020 Nov 26 2007, 10:20pm says:

@ cyberpunk, well its the votes that decide :) (i know u know that already just being cheeky lol). I guess people just like fps games.

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teh_spy Nov 27 2007, 3:07pm says:


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Psycho_Sam Dec 19 2007, 9:39pm says:

Yay 2004 and Red Orchestra won it! And now in 2008 we should be getting 3 great mods for their retail game! :D

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