Welcome to the 8th Annual Mod of the Year Awards - the premiere event that celebrates the best creations within the modding and indie gaming scene. Developers have delivered plenty of great gameplay experiences this year, and now it is our turn as gamers to nominate and recognize the best of 2009.

From now until Feb 20th, we shall be sharing a year in review and showcasing the editors' picks of 2009, culminating in the announcement of this year's best mod and game as voted by you. 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 beanbags. Everything to help budding developers excel at their craft.

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Introducing the 8th annual Mod of the Year Awards, a huge celebration of modding and indie development culture!

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For the past eight years ModDB has celebrated modding culture in style with the always popular Mod of the Year Awards. Developers, gamers and enthusiasts come together to vote of their favorite mods and indie games, giving something back to the developers who created the experience they enjoyed so much. ModDB, with its heavy focus on community leaves it in your hands to select the winners, and for the past 7 years you have not disappointed with some great titles taking out the grand prize.


With the latest spot in the Hall of Fame and a couple of prizes up for grabs, mod and indie game developers have a lot to compete for. This year the MOTY awards will follow a similar pattern to the very successful 2008 event with 5000+ candidates being widdled down to the final few over the course of 30 days (15 days for phase 1 and 2). To help you get your project noticed, we have put together some promotional tools which you are free to post on your website, as you encourage your fans to vote.

Whether you're new to the community or a long time member, voting for your top choices of the year is easy. Both members and non-members of ModDB can vote by navigating to a mod or indie game's profile and clicking the vote button located just underneath the summary section (see below). Member votes are more valued so be sure to register if you want your voice to be heard! While you're at it, have a look at some of the other mods on the site, there's an endless amount of free entertainment to be had on a variety of game engines, platforms and genres.


From all the staff here at ModDB, we wish all entrants the best of luck and thank you for creating new gameplay experiences that entertain gamers all over the world. For full details on voting and contest rules, check out the 2009 Mod of the Year profile. Keep on modding!

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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA

Good luck to all contestants.

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renteria
renteria

Yeah! Go everyone.

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Orion
Orion

That time of the year again already? Where does it go? lol. Best of luck to all! :)

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

Thought the same, looking forward what wins this year's mod of the year.
I'm willing to bet Research&Development is gonna get a fairly high spot at the very least.

My hopes are for Jailbreak:Source winning even though 0.6 hasn't released... if it were released it would have a high chance imo, either way one of my votes goes to Jailbreak:Source!

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Wills
Wills

It WILL be out before the finals! So I really hope we get in!

My votes are going to PVKII and R&D :D

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cortez666
cortez666

dont forget about Korsakovia

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Elementalist
Elementalist

... It's been a year already? Wow. Good luck to everyone!

EDIT: Oh-ho! Orion beat me to it.

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Xyrom
Xyrom

whoohoo! i always enjoy when this rolls around!

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cW#Ravenblood

Yeah strated!
Vote now 4 your favoutite mods/games!
Bääm baby

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Ryswick17
Ryswick17

woohoo the best time of the year is upon us!

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Darthlex
Darthlex

Great, great, grrrreaaat! <3 Time to collect all that spirit of updates and peptalks, and merge it all into what we love most about the coming new year; More released and upcoming mods! <3

Good luck everyone, and thank you for providing our excellent community with incredible mods that makes games that inch (or mile?) better.

Hell yeah (=

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BFG_Punkbuster
BFG_Punkbuster

Same question as every year: Standard Banners are 468x60px, 88x31px, a.s.o and none of the graphics inside the media section fits to produce one of them. This is an "online" voting. Please make some banners for online websites ^^

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INtense! CreatorOnline
INtense!

Well we are making these logos more for blog / news posts. I have made a few for you now, hope that helps: Moddb.com

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Q_Layer
Q_Layer

maaan i hope we can release our mod inside this timeframe to see how it goes!!!
this is exiting!!

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INtense! CreatorOnline
INtense!

Well even if you dont, you can still be nominated for a "best upcoming" award.

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Klon116
Klon116

Damn I like this new logo^^

Vote now!

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Aro
Aro

I'd love to see a mod for an old-school game win this year, something from the Command & Conquer series, maybe.
Good luck to my fellow mod leaders.

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FW:ToW_Sushi
FW:ToW_Sushi

How about Freelancer? ( Moddb.com )

Best of luck, everyone!!!

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Aro
Aro

I'm not familiar with it to be honest, I don't really play a lot of games, only the C&C series.

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet

May the best REAL MOD win this year, instead of just a map... lol... Please make sure the rule changes reflect the injustice of last years results. Thanks. That said, best to all MODS in the running.

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m@tt
m@tt

How do you vote for an upcoming mod? All I can see is a button to vote for best mod of the year?

Mod I'm trying to vote for: Moddb.com

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INtense! CreatorOnline
INtense!

That button works for both released and upcoming. You just need to press it to vote

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

Just click for that vote button then, there's no other way, if the mod is unreleased it will simply become a canditate for best unreleased regardless of what the button calls it.

Edit: Ninja'd by INtense!

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Radu_IceMan
Radu_IceMan

And another great year among moddb passes by

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StyLeZ3r0
StyLeZ3r0

This is going to be a smashing competition. May the best mod win.

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SinKing
SinKing

Was it a great year for mods? Maybe. I tried playing as much as I could but got bored quickly. I think out of everything I played the Haunted performed best. Also, I'm amazed Killing Floor never won the title (too late now).
Good luck to all the mods! Will be nice to see a lot of trailers for what's to come. Diaspora (though indie game, idk if it still fits in the competition) should release an update. There are still a lot of BSG fanboys waiting for it - including myself ;)

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MerlinGalgotta
MerlinGalgotta

Good luck to all good mods!

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jjawinte
jjawinte

I always look forward to this time. :)
We've been spoiled in 09 with so many good mods and maps (with several more due for release very shortly !!).This will be a great event this year with some tough voting decisions ! Good luck to all !!
Love the logo.Nicely done !

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medve
medve

will it have new categorys like...machinima or maps or i donno...?

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8472

Hard to believe it has been a whole year - it really has just flown. Love the MOTY awards and I look forward to these ones.

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cortez666
cortez666

sadly some mods like Korsakovia dont have an vote option, is it up to the authors to let thier mod nominatied moty or is it automaticly if the mod is released in 2009 then there is an option?

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INtense! CreatorOnline
INtense!

It has a vote option? Are you looking at the mods profile? Check the screenshot in this news post to see the button you need to click.

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cortez666
cortez666

sorry for beeing dumb. i looked at the news page :-(

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride

Kind of a weird way to make us vote, but yeah.

NeoTokyo! It'd better take first this year! It got RIPPED off last year in Best Upcoming.

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BASKA
BASKA

Very nice =)))

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qpac
qpac

I can't wait! Bring on the mods!

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pallokallo
pallokallo

Wohoo!

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master_oli-p
master_oli-p

May the best Mod win!!!

Actually, screw that. May C&C shockwave win!!!

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drunkill
drunkill

Bring it on!

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan

Go Research & Development!

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Rigelblast
Rigelblast

The promo video is great. It's really nice that the Mod of the Year event has started again!

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█Black/Brunez█
█Black/Brunez█

WOW! 2009 is ending? Haven´t it started tomorrow? Anyway, I´can´t wait to see the best mods of the year!!!

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[Night_Stalker]
[Night_Stalker]

Good luck everyone!

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mnartiss
mnartiss

Cooool, Cant wait to see my game "Reallife:The Game" on game of the year .. heheh

Good luck to everyone !
May the best win !

Marco

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QuadX
QuadX

Great promo video - but I disagree with the notion that The Specialists "still has one of the best communities ever made." Are you kidding? It's practically dead, and most of what it is now is roleplaying. TS pretty much died like two years ago.

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Tron619
Tron619

i dont know what to decide this year

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OkeiDo
OkeiDo

This time of the year already? Time to hype it up!

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DOLBYdigital
DOLBYdigital

Really good promo video!
So many great MODs, time to start voting.... this will take awhile ;)

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Tokoya
Tokoya

Research and Developement, Dangerous World and Median XL all deserve to place among the best.

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Nebcake
Nebcake

Their so many good choices this year, this is going to get interesting

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