Welcome to the 7th Annual Mod of the Year Awards - the premiere event that celebrates the best creations within the modding and indie gaming scene. Developers have poured their blood, sweat and tears into creating new gameplay experiences that truly "change the game". Now its time for the gamers to voice
their opinions and select their top picks of the year.

**Presenting the 2008 Winners**

From now until Feb 28th, the MOTY will present to you the cream of the crop for 2008 as voted by the public. The top mods and games will win the honors of being placed alongside other projects that have gone on to become commercial successes and cement their place in ModDB's hall of fame. And to the winner goes the spoils; ModDB has teamed up with a whole lineup of sponsors that have provided prizes ranging from software to servers to commercial engines. Everything to help budding developers excel at their craft.

Report content RSS feed MOTY 2008 is in the books.

Special thanks to everyone who took part in this year's contest.

Posted by stenchy on Mar 3rd, 2009

Well, another Mod of the Year event is done and dusted. It's been the biggest (and most work-intensive) one so far in ModDB's history and hopefully we can keep adding to it in some way every year. This year's event spanned over a week and a half gradually revealing the awards. What many don't know is that MOTY 2008 was the culmination of months of planning with about 2 and half weeks of sleepless nights spent gathering footage, video editing, recording voiceovers, writing news posts on top of all our other regular duties. Special thanks goes out to the following people, without whom this year's MOTY wouldn't be possible:

  • Dave Traeger AKA Henley: Dave is the man responsible for all of the official video content on ModDB. He did an awesome job on this year's video showcase for MOTY and put up with all of my requests for changes and revisions. Producing video content always will come right down to the wire when you have to chase down footage from mod teams, but Dave demonstrated his ability to perform under tight deadlines.
  • Scott Reismanis AKA INtense!: Scott is the owner and business guy behind ModDB. Even though you don't hear from him too much on the site, it's because of his hard work that we're able to offer amazing prizes for MOTY. Coordinating with all the sponsors and prize winners is not an easy task by any means. Scott is also responsible for implementing the voting systems for player's choice and helped post a couple of the awards when I was too ill to work. Thanks Scott.
  • Mike Hillard AKA CornetTheory: Mike is the guy behind all of the voicework for this year's videos for MOTY. Huge thanks to him for staying up late with us to record his lines and for the quick responses to any changes or revisions we needed. Mike does a lot of voicework for many mods on ModDB, most notably Black Mesa. Check out his voice samples here.
  • Sebastian Aav: The composer of the intro song that plays at the beginning of all the MOTY videos. You can listen to the full song here. Check out Sebastian's site if your looking for a composer for your project.

To all the sponsors that want to support the modders and indie developers we thank you for your participation.

United States Air Force
Garagegames Sponsor3D Total
Good old Games SponsorNuclearFallout Game Servers
Hourences Level DesignNoesis Interactive Sponsor

Thanks to the winners for making such great mods that we can all enjoy. Finally, thanks to all the gamers and developers out there that have helped ModDB grow and MOTY become an anticipated event every year for thousands of people. These awards are meant to celebrate the modding scene as a whole and put it front of more people who aren't aware of its existence. Regardless of any awards or prizes, all mod teams should strive to do what they're doing not to win a contest, but because they share a passion to develop and change the game.

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DuckSauce Mar 3 2009 says:

It was great, apart from the intense discussion at upcoming moty player's choice.

Good job to all those people :)

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kiddi1000 Mar 3 2009 says:

thank you moddb =)!!!

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Danielcook1 Mar 3 2009 says:


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Noesis_Interactive Mar 3 2009 says:

But what about Ryan Anderson AKA stenchy? We think he also deserves a big thank you and congratulations on all of his hard work and health sacrifices! Don't you people agree....

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stenchy Author
stenchy Mar 3 2009 replied:

You're too kind, sir. I've been sick for 2 MOTYs in a row - I think its going to be tradition now.

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MrMattWebb Mar 3 2009 replied:

I had to double check that.

Thought he said "Sick OF 2 MOTY..."


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Wiweeyum Mar 4 2009 replied:

Me too! Hehehe.

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R0b Mar 3 2009 says:

Good job guys. Looking forward to next year already. Apart from the waiting, I enjoyed it very much :)

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Wills Mar 3 2009 says:

You forgot yourself buddy! I'll add ya!

Ryan Anderson AKA Stenchy: The scribe behind the words of ModDB, eloquently taking us upon finely worded journeys into the deepest and darkest realms of modding. Stenchy is the man who gets the job done, keeps the shizzle together, and cracks the whip when Henley starts lagging behind on them sexy videos! Together, both he and Dave sprinkle the awesome that is... ModDB.

Hehe! Seriously though, great job guys, and hope ya feel better soon Ryan!

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Noesis_Interactive Mar 3 2009 replied:

*wipes a single tear from his eye*

That was beautiful man.

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Wills Mar 3 2009 replied:


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Noesis_Interactive Mar 3 2009 replied:

Group hugging with stenchy probably isn't a good idea since he may be contagious. Ha ha.


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stenchy Mar 3 2009 replied:


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Henley Staff
Henley Mar 3 2009 replied:

Sounds like something I would say.... Oh wait...

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Wiweeyum Mar 4 2009 replied:

Awwww... a cornucopia of love...

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OkeiDo Mar 3 2009 says:

Was an interesting year, the 2009 awards will be even more interesting with some nice titles being released soon (hopefully). Thanks for all the hard work ModDB!

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Robots! Mar 3 2009 says:

Good work, the first MOTY ive been present for and it went awesome!

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MrTambourineMan Mar 3 2009 says:

Great organization, great mods, good fun - congratulations!

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Jesternz08 Mar 3 2009 says:

yeh nice work MODB Staff, pulled it off again! congrats :)

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Tatsur0 Mar 3 2009 says:

Impressive work guys, by far the best MOTY so far. We the developers appreciate everything you do for us and hope that those who forget it's a privilege not something owed to us will not ruin it for the rest. Looking forward to another great year and the 2009 awards.

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Romagnolo Mar 3 2009 says:

NO, THANK YOU moddb!, for this fantastic website !

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f0rqu3 Mar 3 2009 says:

MODDB Message Of The Year 2008:

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Spooboy Mar 3 2009 says:

It was a good year for mods, you guys lured me into to participate in the awards and I had a good time.

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eggman51 Mar 3 2009 says:

Fantastic work on the MOTY this year Gents! Much appreciated for all your hardwork for the mod player and developer communities. Much appreciated!

Eamonn aka eggman
Project Reality

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awesomepossum Mar 3 2009 says:

Top notch MOTY, thanks MODDB!

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Sk!n-E Mar 3 2009 says:

Thanks to all that worked on the MOTY stuff, and congrats to all the winners. Let's begin the competition for next year shall we............

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WhiteBear Mar 3 2009 says:

Yes. Thanks for another great year of modding.

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NullSoldier Mar 3 2009 says:

Pretty great MOTYs this year, thank god they got rid of that horrid English voice and got an official announcer-style voice. Yes, I'm talking to you. ;)

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Wiweeyum Mar 4 2009 replied:

Haha! Lawl!

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RogerRamjet Mar 3 2009 says:

Nice job all round for all of those who organised and thanks to all of the sponsors for putting up the prizes in which ever form the were given.

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Robok Mar 3 2009 says:

Great job to everyone involved, we as players have thoroughly enjoyed the awards and I'm pretty sure the developers also appreciate what you've done for them :)

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vfn4i83 Mar 4 2009 says:

You guys made a terrific work, congrats.

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Pingu Mar 4 2009 says:

Thank you ModDB! We greatly appreciate your hard work and support for modders.

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bomblol Mar 14 2009 says:

a bit late, but I agree with everyone else, thanks for your work in making it awesome

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