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After a few astonishing results at MOTY, we decided to introduce a major amount of projects, and to tell you why we are doing so.

Posted by ninjadave on Jan 23rd, 2009

Hi, we are the Indie Devs and after viewing the results of Phase 1 MOTY....the dust cleared, we saw an astonishly low voter turn out for indie/standalone games.

Indie projects, being a tiny FRACTION of the entire voting scheme, were practically pushed aside.
Not just for MOTY either. General views and watchers showed poor results.

Thus, the Indie Devs were formed. We are a dedicated group reviewing, interviewing, and publishing great indie games to see and play.

If you have any confusion on what indie/standalone games are: They are projects that do not require another game to run. Simply download and run, works right off the bat!

We hope the community of Moddb sheds more light on the indie side of things for Phase 2 of MOTY.
Wonder whose competing? No problem! We got them listed:


CnC Reborn
A total conversion which aims to turn the FPS C&C Renegade into Tiberian Sun with a bit of Firestorm thrown in.

The first commercial game from Isotx, Iron Grip: Warlord uses an innovative blend of RTS and FPS gameplay. As a Warlord, you use all of your skills in urban guerrilla tactics to defend the city against the Confederate attacks.

Lemmingball Z is a fighting game for Linux and Windows, based on DBZ, the hit anime series. Instead of the normal characters from the anime, this game features cute LEMMINGS bashing each other around.

Mount & Blade
Mount&Blade is a 3D, open-ended, single-player, third- or first-person, computer role-playing game, which has a medieval setting, without any fantasy elements. Created and distributed by the Turkish development house TaleWorlds.

Platinum Arts Sandbox is an open source easy to use standalone 3D Game Design program currently being used in schools throughout the world that allows kids and adults to create their own video games, worlds, levels, adventures and quests.

Red Alert: A Path Beyond
Remember 1996's Command & Conquer: Red Alert? Now, enter the fray as a single combatant on the battlefield, fighting alongside the Allies or the Soviets for global supremacy in this mod that adheres to the classic world created by Westwood Studios.

Savage 2 is a hybrid RTS-action game. Two teams--Beasts and Humans--square off in large-scale maps. The strong emphasis on teamwork, innovative merging of genres, and asymmetrical teams make Savage 2 a very unique gameplay experience.

0 A.D. is a new real-time strategy currently undergoing development by Wildfire Games. Featuring a ground-breaking new game engine custom built to suit our environment, 0 A.D. strives to preserve historical accuracy combined with engaging gameplay.

Set in the Dune universe, this mod turns Emperor: Battle For Dune into a First/Third Person Shooter. The Emperor is dead. The Guild has taken over the Spice flow on Arrakis until someone else claims it, three Houses remain after the long fighting on Arrak.

Infinity: The quest for Earth
Make a name for yourself in one of the largest, most open-ended space sims ever made. Infinity utilizes procedural techniques to generate hundreds of thousands of seamless worlds, all ripe for privateers to pillage, explore, trade and battle over!

Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park is a title for the PC based on the novel and the film of the same name. A modern 3D adventure set in 1993 players will play the role of Dr. Alan Grant which follows a hybrid story based on the original media.

Lux, set in a steam punk universe. As an unknown force is consuming all light sources throughout this universe. Light has become a commodity, and light-hunters scour the galaxies to collect what little light they can find, for both trade and survival.

OverDose is a Class/Team based multiplayer game set on a post apocalyptic Earth. Divided into two factions, the CMC and MDR battle out for supremacy over the destroyed cities of a war torn world.

Overgrowth takes place in the savage world of Lugaru where rabbits, wolves and other animals use paws, claws and medieval weaponry to battle each other. Taking advantage of Wolfire's brand new Phoenix Engine to create an astoundingly immersive experience.

Red Alert 2: Apocalypse Rising
Join the fray of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 firsthand in Apocalypse Rising, a mod that finds you in the boots of an Allied G.I. or a Soviet Conscript in the heat of battle, fighting among all of the units and buildings from the original game.


If you are an indie/standalone group, or anyone willing to help us show off indie games and build a community right here on Moddb, Join our group.

Thanks for reading.

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holyknight Jan 23 2009, 8:09pm says:

I did vote for indie games, since I like them so much :)

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ninjadave Author
ninjadave Jan 23 2009, 8:19pm replied:

We appreciate it, thanks! :)

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Betelgeuze Jan 23 2009, 8:38pm says:

Thanks for doing this, I appreciate it!

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Eegah Jan 23 2009, 8:41pm says:


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razorb Jan 23 2009, 8:51pm says:

yar indie games all the way \o/ hopefully i will be able to add to the list in 2k9 ;)

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Midnitte Jan 23 2009, 9:06pm says:

Hope Lux comes out soon, very interesting concept.

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Tatsur0 Jan 23 2009, 10:06pm says:

Yeh I voted for Lux. A unique take on puzzle solving and looks quite interesting.

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Smoth Jan 23 2009, 11:35pm says:

I didn't really like any of the entries selected for indie or mod. I cannot bring myself to vote on anything.

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NullSoldier Jan 24 2009, 12:21am says:

Eh? I know every single one of those indie games and are looking forward to playing all the unreleased ones... Especially infinity quest for earth.

Go indie developers!

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L3TUC3 Jan 24 2009, 2:11am says:

I'm not voting for retail products.

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ninjadave Author
ninjadave Jan 24 2009, 1:04pm replied:

Many are not retail. :)

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L3TUC3 Jan 25 2009, 12:25pm replied:

And I will happily vote for them.

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Betelgeuze Jan 24 2009, 6:36pm replied:

well to bad for you. The previous winners of MOTY all went retail!

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L3TUC3 Jan 25 2009, 12:31pm replied:

The difference being that some of these are already retail and haven't won. What are professional games doing in an amateur competition?

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Betelgeuze Jan 25 2009, 3:01pm replied:

Retail has nothing to do with professional. Do you think all those indie games sold on Steam are made by professional studios?
Those are made by people during their free time an probably don't get paid during the development.
Most don't get rich from it and use the money to develop new games or to finance server costs and support.

Eventually, selling games is the dream of most modders and indie developers.

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Minuit Jan 25 2009, 6:23am replied:

Waaaaah, I'm too much of a baby to shell out a small amount of money for a game, waaaaah

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L3TUC3 Jan 25 2009, 12:20pm replied:

I have no problem shelling out money for a game if I think it's worth it. I own Red Orchestra for example. However, if devs do decide to make their product available as such then all they're doing is using moddb as advertisement. Does moddb get paid for their listings?

I have no problem with people gathering, honing their skill and progress in their venture to make fun and enjoyable games in a casual/semi-professional setting. Once you venture past that point, I think it's time for them to move on.

Kudos to them, but in my opinion they should be subjected to the rigors of mainstream games and not ramblings of amateurs like us.

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VulpineComplex Jan 25 2009, 6:26am replied:

Pay for a game? Why, I'd rather spend all my money on manga and twinkies! Those indie devs? They owe ME!

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L3TUC3 Jan 25 2009, 12:24pm replied:

They want my vote don't they? Why would I vote for a game I don't care to own and would never play.

I vote on the merit of the game, not their moddb profile.

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Berserkr Jan 24 2009, 6:07am says:

Well, it's still moddb, not indiedb ...

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Betelgeuze Jan 24 2009, 6:11am replied:

if thats so, why do they have an indie-game section?

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Berserkr Jan 24 2009, 10:41am replied:

The focus is on mods and you can't deny that. With you being an indie developer and part of this group, it's hard to accept, but moddb is first and foremost home of modifications.

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Betelgeuze Jan 24 2009, 12:24pm replied:

So all the time we spend updating our profile, writing newspost, uploading images and videos and getting our fan informed is not appreciated because the url of the website says 'mod'?

If thats how people think, Im going to stop wasting my time on this, because I DO spend a lot of time on it. I hope you are an exception!

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ninjadave Author
ninjadave Jan 24 2009, 1:10pm replied:

Its true that 'Mod'db is geared towards mods. That is why I formed this group in the first place, to show that an indie community exists as well.

With indie projects such a tiny fraction of what goes on around here at Moddb, I'm surprised this wasn't done sooner.

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INtense! Staff
INtense! Jan 24 2009, 9:39pm replied:

Not true at all - in fact we actually tried to change the sites name to GameCore (ran a beta for one month) but the idea what shot down by our community who thought that name was too generic. It was basically our attempt to show we are totally about getting to the "core of the game" and development, be it indies, mods, iphone, console etc.

In the past year we have actually been trying to beef up our representation of indies by attending GDC and talking to all devs there. So yeah I hope we can serve indies as well as we serve modders through a strong profile, promotion and everything else.

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Betelgeuze Jan 24 2009, 9:56pm replied:

Amen to that!

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ninjadave Author
ninjadave Jan 24 2009, 10:37pm replied:

I've been corrected. :)

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moci Jan 25 2009, 7:14am replied:

Wasn't there some kind of "blue" site along with the moddb site, more focussed on the actual full/indie games and not the mods?

Or have I dreamed it :|?

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Smoth Jan 24 2009, 6:13pm replied:

it is because many mods go independent.

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TeamWolf Jan 24 2009, 6:26am says:

Well done Ninjadave, front page, awesome work mate!

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azultain Jan 24 2009, 6:43am says:

they have not crimson crow or the hunted chronicle or zday or fall of the living not funky for me but i thinks vote Overdose

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shiv_pl Jan 24 2009, 6:59am says:

Voted for indies! Vote too! :D

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TheHappyFriar Jan 24 2009, 10:44pm says:

I only voted for two things: one indy, one doom 3. :)

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rebel28 Jan 25 2009, 10:11am says:


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Betelgeuze Jan 25 2009, 3:07pm says:

Im sure you all know what I voted on... ;)

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Betelgeuze Jan 25 2009, 3:09pm says:

@L3TUC3 And why shouldn't they be able to get some attention this way? Isn't that the point of moddb?

Most indie games don't have a budget to pay for advertisements (hell, no budget at all). Also, every professional game from big studios get free advertisement on almost every game website and game magazine, whats the difference?

On moddb, indie games finally get the attention and respect they mostly don't get on big game websites.
Im sure moddb gets some benifits from having those projects on their website too! ;)

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Phoenix85 Jan 25 2009, 6:45pm replied:

professional games from big studios do not get free advertisement on game websites or magazines. They have to pay big bucks. Remember the kanye and lynch fiasco at gamespot? The publisher paid gamespot a crapload to advertise on the site, and when an employee gave it a low score, jeff gerstmann, he was fired.

Anyway....I totally agree with you. Indie games are finally getting more attention, as well they should!
Woot Platinum Arts!

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calimer Jan 25 2009, 8:16pm replied:

Thanks Phoenix hehe. Can't wait to show everyone your awesome work.

I think moddb has done a great job of helping to get more attention to Indie games. The moddb staff has been awesome out getting the word out about Platinum Arts Sandbox and I really can't thank them enough for all they've done. Besides moddb there isn't a lot of places to get attention for your game besides maybe fileplanet. Noesis has been pretty awesome as well :D

My last thought is I think there should potentially be some separation in the listings between free indie games and commercial indie games. Free indie games are a lot like making mods. Not sure how big of a deal it is but there is a bit of a difference between the two, especially the business model :) Take care!
Kids.platinumarts.net Free 3D Game Maker

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Betelgeuze Jan 25 2009, 11:26pm replied:

We are not talking about real advertisement, we are talking about the type of advertisement mods get on moddb for example, atleast thats what 3TUC3 calls it.

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