Mod of the Year 2007

Welcome to Mod DB and the 6th Annual Mod of the Year Awards - the definative event that showcases the best mods and indie games in the world and recognizes the teams behind them. The MOTY is a tribute to the creativity, dedication & hard work independent developers put into creating unique gaming experiences that enable us to "play something different".

Over the coming months we will showcase to you the best mods and games in the industry. You vote for those you believe are worthy of recognition. At the top of this program sits the ultimate prize, the mod of the year award won previously by Natural Selection, Red Orchestra, PoE2 and Garry's Mod. Thanks to our sponsors, this year we have a few surprizes up our sleaves not to mention a slew of prizes for the participating teams.

From Dec 1st to Jan 1st, industry professionals, developers, gamers and the general public cast their votes to decide which mods define the cutting edge of interactive entertainment and which mod teams attain gaming celebrity.

Follow the links to join us on an unforgettable journey as we present the 2007 Mod of the Year.

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After rounding out the best of 2007, we're ready to present the results.

Posted by stenchy on Jan 28th, 2008 Page 1 of 4    
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As always, this year's contest started by rounding out the top 100 through community nominations. Public voting was then held to list to the top five games/mods in each of three categories - indie games, unreleased and released mods. After analyzing and gathering data based on the votes, we are finally ready to present the results. ModDB has approached this year's winners, in advance, in hopes of securing exclusive content for you, the viewer. We've come back with a few goodies that I hope you guys will like. It was a very close race to the number one spot this year. Regardless, every one of the winners showcased in this feature deserve the attention. Without the effort, enthusiasm and dedication behind these projects, 2007 would have been a tough year to try and play something different.

When you're done watching the video showcase below, be sure to check out the write-ups of all the winners in the following pages for full access to all the related media. Exclusive content will be marked as such so you guys will know what to check out first. You can also find the top mods and games on AMD's site. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all those who took part in the 2007 Mod of the Year Awards.

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leilei
leilei Jan 29 2008, 2:59pm replied:

kinda sad the last 4 winners are all soldier shootbulletsetc warfare mods. ugh

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Kai-Li
Kai-Li Jan 30 2008, 10:22am replied:

indeed

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f0rqu3
f0rqu3 Jan 29 2008, 8:14am says:

it is hard to win with a 2 years old game

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ENTE
ENTE Jan 29 2008, 8:25am says:

Congrats to all the winners and nice congrats to moddb for their fantastic job!!!

oh....and a biiiiiig thanks to all who votes for World of Padman...;)

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MCDT
MCDT Jan 29 2008, 8:45am says:

Gratulations to all, except for Insurgency.

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Taranov
Taranov Jan 29 2008, 9:08am says:

Congratulations to Insurgency team!

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Wester-DE-
Wester-DE- Jan 29 2008, 9:23am says:

Great job from moddb, it is the best result of the year 2007...
It´s great.

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Domipheus
Domipheus Jan 29 2008, 9:29am says:

Congrats to all.

Roll on editors choice!

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ikillvampires
ikillvampires Jan 29 2008, 9:45am says:

jurassic park!!!

05:06 the title says "indepedent". is that meant to be independent.

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stenchy Author
stenchy Jan 29 2008, 3:03pm replied:

oh man, that's a big goof, thanks for pointing that out - I'll be uploading a revised version. I blame lack of sleep putting this thing together.

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fragapple
fragapple Jan 29 2008, 10:02am says:

Is that spelled right??

INDEPEDENT ??

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Jan 29 2008, 11:57am replied:

yes :)

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Masterfulplayer
Masterfulplayer Jan 29 2008, 8:34pm replied:

nah its Independent :P

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solvalou
solvalou Jan 29 2008, 11:24am says:

Grats to the winners!

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Orion
Orion Jan 29 2008, 12:05pm says:

Congratulations to all winners from the Stargate : The Enemy Within Dev Team! Congrats Especially to BTRL who takes the Indie Category.! Well done guys! ;)

Also, Thanks to everyone who voted for SG:TEW and helped us into the Top 100..! Your support shall not go unrewarded! ;)

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Havoc89
Havoc89 Jan 29 2008, 12:16pm says:

Congrats to all the mods who won, and to those who didnt, well there's always next year ;)

Keep up the good work everyone.

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JeanDellac
JeanDellac Jan 29 2008, 12:33pm replied:

And there's the editors choice ;)

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JeanDellac
JeanDellac Jan 29 2008, 12:24pm says:

Congratulations !

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bf40kadmin
bf40kadmin Jan 29 2008, 12:41pm says:

How do the other mods listed on the top 100 find out their position/rank from the end results?

Just wanted to know where battlefield 40k came in the top 100 unreleased.

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Orion
Orion Jan 29 2008, 1:52pm replied:

I 2nd that! Would be great to know how all Top 100 ranked! Hope the details will be published soon..! :)

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Kai-Li
Kai-Li Jan 29 2008, 1:00pm says:

Thx for voting us into the top 5 indie games ;) Gratz to all the winners.

www.worldofpadman.com

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petemyster
petemyster Jan 29 2008, 5:37pm says:

insurgency shouldn't have won...

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Tolkienfanatic
Tolkienfanatic Jan 29 2008, 5:47pm says:

Man, I really wish MINERVA had placed higher, but still, congrats to all the mods and mod teams that made it on this list!

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Nuka5
Nuka5 Jan 29 2008, 6:03pm says:

RELEASE THE ACTUAL SCORES!
RELEASE THE ACTUAL SCORES!
RELEASE THE ACTUAL SCORES!

glad minirva got in the top 5, it earned it. good to see empires there too.

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Kira{zRo}
Kira{zRo} Jan 29 2008, 6:06pm says:

Why did Insurgency, which is in Beta 1 or 2, win best released game, while Zombie Panic: Source, also in Beta phase, win best game to come out later?

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stenchy Author
stenchy Jan 29 2008, 6:14pm replied:

Zombie Panic was unreleased as of voting.

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Omniscaper
Omniscaper Jan 29 2008, 7:29pm says:

On behalf of the BtRL team, thank you fans and supporters and congratulations to all the winners.

The dedication, blood, and sweat put into all these projects are evident. Keep the faith alive in your projects! I look forward to playing these games. Need a breather before I dive right back into the work.

Once again thanks and congrats to all.

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douglatins
douglatins Jan 29 2008, 8:22pm says:

This makes the gaming industry a thousand times more exciting, awesome work

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douglatins
douglatins Jan 29 2008, 8:26pm says:

Oh, I forgot where the &$%@!^&$ is NEHRIM: At Fates Edge??????

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InZaneFlea
InZaneFlea Jan 29 2008, 11:10pm says:

I have a bone to pick.

Zombie Panic Source is released. And I have first hand experience that they were tricking people into voting for them in IRC by saying it was the download link on release day.

That's not right at all.

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leilei
leilei Jan 29 2008, 11:23pm replied:

the plot thickens

that's LOW

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INtense! Creator
INtense! Jan 29 2008, 11:29pm replied:

They were unreleased at the beginning of phase 2 hence they remain in the unreleased category. Also a number of members alerted us to them essentially tricking users for votes prior to their release. Provided the votes are obtained from mod fans and are not spam / duplicate they are allowed. Having said this, we agree it was not in the best interest of the contest and investigated how many votes were obtained during this period. Even factoring these votes out they won, its a shame it happened, but they are still a deserving winner.

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Jan 30 2008, 1:22am replied:

As for the multiple complaints on release day (the day before votes were finished) one mod said something stupid like "HAH not gonna release till you vote for us" which was QUICKLY corrected by every other ZP Developer there present for the release party. I had been up a good two days preparing for release. I made it clear I did not want anyone voting for ZPS that didn't want to vote for ZPS so don't let those who spread rumors take away our hard work :/

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Jan 30 2008, 1:19am replied:

Excuse me? Lol what a load of crap. First of all there was no direct link to vote you had to scroll down list of games, select game, then select mod and vote. No one force anyone to vote for ZP:S and we couldn't have if we wanted to. Also the staff already explained we released after voting so we were not a RELEASED mod :P. Those of you who are bitter should watch the slander.

Tats...

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um-tiki
um-tiki Mar 27 2008, 3:02pm replied:

Really I don't recall that but, every mod has it's retards so you can't exactly blame them mod for that

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Gnostic
Gnostic Jan 29 2008, 11:48pm says:

Thats a stock drumlooop from fruityloops lol

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cryora
cryora Jan 30 2008, 1:18am says:

Aww I thought Infinity: Quest For Earth got top 1 in Indie games, but it didn't even make it to the top 5.

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mikejkelley
mikejkelley Jan 30 2008, 2:34am says:

MOTY 2007, the abridged version

Top 5 unreleased;

5. Licensing rip-off*
4. Licensing rip-off*
3. Licensing rip-off*
2. Licensing rip-off*
1. Zombie mod

Top 5 released;

5. Licensing rip-off*
4. Guns and planes and tanks
3. Guns and planes and tanks with a twist
2. Guns and planes and tanks
1. Guns and planes and tanks

Seriously, add an originality category.

(*violate copyright law and moddb.com's TOS)

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mikejkelley
mikejkelley Jan 30 2008, 3:01am replied:

Why would anyone give this post negative votes? It's a list of factual statements. Are those mods listed "Licensing rip-off*" not licensing rip-offs? Is the mod listed "Zombie mod" not a zombie mod? Do the glut of war games not feature guns and planes and tanks?

If all top ten MOTY mods can be put into 3 very simple categories, don't we need something to support originality?

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CargoCult
CargoCult Jan 30 2008, 9:14am replied:

There are definitely some bound-to-be-Foxed-sooner-or-later mods in the unreleased mods category, but MINERVA?

Erm...

The only game it's using story and content from is Half-Life 2 - which it's a mod of. Thus such behaviour is specifically allowed, and even encouraged.

Plus, if it *was* an illegal mod, I think somebody at Valve would have told me on one of my occasional visits to their offices?

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mikejkelley
mikejkelley Jan 30 2008, 9:32am buried:

(buried)

Just because they are choosing not to take legal action doesn't mean that you're not violating the law.

And even if you got in writing it still wouldn't change the fact that you're capitalizing on the hard work of hundreds of highly paid professionals, their advertising campaign, and the inherent popularity of HL2. All reasons why I suggested there be an "originality" category for non-IP infringing mods.

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Jan 30 2008, 3:07am replied:

What exactly is original?

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mikejkelley
mikejkelley Jan 30 2008, 4:19am replied:

I'll settle for calling anything that doesn't fall into those three categories as original.

And please, if you're about to say, "well your definition of 'original' isn't the same as everyone else's", save it; those three categories account for over 90% of the MOTY nominees, i.e., they are unoriginal.

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Jan 30 2008, 5:40am replied:

Well to be perfectly honest it doesn't matter what the winners fall under as they were chosen by the majority of players "Players Choice". FYI Zombie Panic was the first MP Zombie mod and the first to include player controlled Zombies and other features that are only now popular with zombie mods. If you're bitter cause your mod or the mod you prefer wasn't placed, I don't see the point in complaining here or see what you're trying to prove.

Tats...

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mikejkelley
mikejkelley Jan 30 2008, 6:03am buried:

(buried)

Yes, of course anyone who complains is automatically bitter. There couldn't be a single legitimate reason to complain.

...Or no wait, could it be that I'm stating an obvious fact? That these mods are easily categorized and unoriginal? And that half of them are ineligible for voting because they violate copyright law and moddb.com's TOS?

Anyways, what's your beef? Are you angry because I called your MOD, ZOMBIE Panic Source a ZOMBIE MOD? I don't know what I was thinking. I must've invented the term "zombie mod" off the top of my head, since there certainly aren't enough mods featuring zombies to necessitate such a phrase.

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Nuka5
Nuka5 Jan 30 2008, 6:33am replied:

mike why are you angry? people vote for what they think is fun. if you make an origional game but it's actually not as fun as the one where you run people down in a tank or get all sorts of realistic guns you've seen in movies, then people are going to vote for the one they enjoy the most.

and some of the games in that list ARE very origional, the gameplay of some of them is nothing like any other game or mod out today.

==============

is still want to know how many votes for each thing actually came in!

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mikejkelley
mikejkelley Jan 30 2008, 7:03am replied:

"mike why are you angry?"

Glad you asked. As a general rule, it's just in my nature, lol. But in particular, as is relevant here, liscensing rip-offs make me very, very angry.

Half of the mods here are being awarded cash and prizes for THEFT. They are relying on hundreds of highly paid professionals who have toiled for years to do their design and narrative work for them. They are relying on multi-million dollar multi-nationals to do their PR work for them.

This has THREE huge consequences that jeopardizes the true "make something different" mod community.

1. It discourages innovation.

2. It jeopardizes the "true-fan" mods by violating the unwritten rule of "you can use our IPs so long as you don't profit from your creation". By violating this unwritten rule, these mods may very well bring about a resurgence of C&D orders.

3. By capitalizing on a world-wide ready-made fan base cultivated by the hard work of others, these mods drain the modding talent pool and cannibalize the mod fan base. As a result, the few original, innovative games out there cannot recruit.

So in short I'm angry because half of the top 10 MOTY mods are unoriginal, and I'm even angrier because the other half violate the law, the "make something different" ethos of modding, moddb.com's TOS, and profit from THEFT.

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Nuka5
Nuka5 Jan 30 2008, 6:07pm replied:

mike, I don't know what you're on about...

i mean, please elaborate as to how empires is a licencing rip off? There arn't ANY other games out there in the same universe as the empires universe, and there arn't any commercial or modded games that are rts/fps hybrid and give players vehicles. I'm just picking that one because i know it's especially inventive.

have you even played the mods you're insulting, or just looking at the pictures and claiming that they suck.

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mikejkelley
mikejkelley Jan 30 2008, 9:16pm replied:

"mike, I don't know what you're on about..."

Then you'll have to read my original post. I never said that Empires was a licensing rip-off or that any of the mods sucked.

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Jan 30 2008, 8:45am replied:

You're welcome to assume what you want but I made my observation over the fact that you seem to be upset that people like these games (thus being chosen as top 10 by players) and that they're not completely original (as in they use themes that have been done before). I guess once it's been done there is no room for improvement, or that others can't make a version that fits their vision of it. As for calling my mod a Zombie mod... What else could you call it? City mod? Gun mod? I mean it has those too, where's the insult in that label? We started it so why shouldn't we improve on our own work?

Again i'm all for unique and original ideas (which I believe my mod is guilty of even if others imitate it) but your idea of what the modding community should do doesn't necessarily mean it's the right thing to do. And this Award show is just as legal as donations so take a deep breath and spend all this wasted energy on making your mod worth playing, instead of trying to discredit modders and their work. And seriously? Zombie mod? lol

Tats...

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