Mod of the Year is the largest celebration of hobbyist, amateur and professional modification developers. With record attendance and a massive number of updates, releases and new projects 2010 was a year like no other, packed to bursting with goodies to make any tired relic PC game seem new and exciting again. The Modding Hall of Fame has rolled out the red carpet welcoming one and all to see the best mods ever released all in one place.

Up until Jan 1st 2011 join us and help celebrate your community, culture and give thanks to the developers by voting for your favorite projects. For the first time in ModDB history we have a press panel which sees personalities from other websites like Joystiq and Rock Paper Shotgun have their say where it counts. Welcome to the 9th Annual Mod of the Year Awards.

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Welcome to the 9th annual Mod of the Year awards where once a year developers, fans and now for the first time press rub virtual shoulders to help celebrate our community and culture surrounding modifications. 2010 has had some monster releases like the ground breaking Eastern Front adding a whole new faction to Company of Heroes or Nehrim: At Fates Edge releasing a massive singleplayer experience for Oblivion in four different languages.

What is Mod of the Year?

Mod of the Year is ModDB's award show that rewards excellence in modding and all related fields. The MOTY's have been around since 2002 where Natural Selection took away the first Mod of the Year award. The way the big title gets handed out has changed over the years however one thing remains constant and that is the winners truly deserve the title, continuing on to do great.

Tell me about the Players Choice? How can I get involved?

The Players Choice is exactly what it sounds like, you the players vote on what mods should win the coveted Players Choice award. The voting process is in two parts. Phase One will have players navigating to mod profiles to cast your vote, you can vote as many times as you want and any mod can be voted on Released or Unreleased. Votes are then calculated and tallied by our lovely staff here on ModDB and a list of the top 100 mods of the year is generated. At this point Phase Two begins and players can then cast another vote on the mods from the top 100 list they think deserves top be in the years top 10 mods.

Mod profile voting booth

Remember if you want your favorite mod to get into the top mods of the year make sure you tell everyone (including grandma) about how to vote! The more votes your favorite mod gets the better chance they have to win! Make sure you sign into your ModDB profile before casting your vote, member votes are worth a whole lot more!

The Hall of Fame, mods going down in history!

The Hall of Fame is a brand new addition to the end of year celebrations on ModDB. Its a way to cement the great mods of the Past and Present in a way thats easy to find, view and access! Bound by no date or order of appearance the HOF allows the ModDB Staff to award the excellent mods that have created something amazing, using the powerful ModDB database as a back-end you will always have access to the content featured here! Each year we will be adding new mods to this very prestigious listing, maybe it will be your favorite? Find out the what is in the initial list!

Mod Hall of Fame

What have I missed in 2010? A Year in Review!

Been away for a whole year? Or maybe just lazy? Not to worry ModDB has you covered check out our Year in Review articles that will come in four parts each covering three months at a time! Click the images below to head to the months you want to know more about!

A Year in Review - Quarter Three A Year in Review - Quarter Two A Year in Review - Quarter One

The Panel's Choice Award, the who's who of the press elites

For the first time in well forever ModDB will have a star studded cast of Indie and Mod press members in for a brand new award presentation called the Panel's Choice. The Panel's Choice gives a voice to a select few who help the Indie and Modding community with their gifts of the written word, personalities and presence. It gives us a chance to work with the sites and people who help all of you mod and indie developers get noticed, and that is something we are always looking to do. The Staff of ModDB and the guest Judges will be voting on the following categories:

  • Best Original Art for a Mod
  • Best Upcoming Mod
  • Best Multiplayer Mod
  • Best Singleplayer Mod

To find out more about the people who will be passing judgment on your favorite projects be sure to check out the judges page.

The Rules

The following are basic rules which apply to all participating teams. Read on for the full legal terms.

"start voting and may the best mod win!"

  • All active mods will show a "voting area" in their profile.
  • The top 100 is determined by "quality" of vote. For example a vote from a long time member is worth more than a new members vote which is again worth more than a guests vote.
  • In phase 1, all visitors of Mod DB can nominate as many mods as they want to appear in the top 100.
  • In phase 2, all visitors get to pick their top 3 mods from the top 100 list.
  • Any mod can make the top 100 except for mods released in previous years which have not released a significant update in 2010.
  • No mod / indie game can win in the same category twice. Eg. a mod cannot win "best unreleased" two years in a row, only a honorable mention will be given in this situation.
  • Exceptions to the above rule maybe granted on request by the Mod DB. Eg. if your mod moves from v1 to v2 and it is a total overhaul, we reserve the right to make it eligible again.
  • Any attempt to game the system and falsely inflate your vote count will result in an immediate disqualification. We will be analyzing all votes and will contact mod teams if we detect suspicious activity.
  • Prize distribution will be controlled by Mod DB. All decisions in this regard are final.
  • All mod must have an active contact as the profile leader who updates their profile on a regular basis to be eligible.
  • Read on for the full legal terms.