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ModDB has turned 10 years old, so it's time to hold our chins in thought and look back.

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It's hard to believe that ModDB is 10 years old, after launching way back in June 2002 when Altavista was still the no.1 search engine, Google was just an up-and-comer and Twitter / Facebook didn't even exist. ModDB was first created because while attending various lan parties in the Counter-Strike heyday, my friends and I wanted to try and play heaps of different mods. Finding them was impossible, so creating a database of mods was our solution and hence ModDB.com was born.

Since then we've survived all manner of doomsday scenarios, such as the 2006 "PC gaming is dying" catastrophe "closed-off non-modding friendly consoles" are taking over. We've survived the great DLC avalanche of 2010 when previously mod-strong games like Call of Duty and Diablo announced you'll have to buy updates from them. Despite this modding is as strong as it has ever been, because people love tweaking and changing their favorite games and modders continue to innovate with timeless classics such as Counter-Strike, DOTA and more recently DayZ evidence of this (check out our Hall of Fame for some of our favorites).

To celebrate we've created a wallpaper with some of the more famous (and obsecure) characters from mods over the years, see if you can identify them all:


Now for some random facts:

  • We reached 1,000,000 members 20 days ago. At the moment between 2000 and 4000 members join a day so we expect to reach 2,000,000 in 1 years time
  • The most downloaded mod of all time via ModDB is Garrys Mod 9
  • Our biggest day ever was 230,000 visitors thanks to the release of The Stanley Parable which got much love from Reddit, RPS and other gaming communities
  • Of the over 17,000 mods registered nearly 33% have released something
  • We've received 3 death threats (modding can be serious business it seems)
  • We also receive hilarious emails such as "hi i'm willing to work for you, lets have a talk" just last week
  • ... and we still respond to every email sent our way
  • As well as ModDB we also run IndieDB, Desura, IndieRoyale and have a new site on the way

If you are looking for a detailed and colourful look at the very beginning of ModDB, how we came to be the site we are, we have written a detailed retrospective for the diehard fans here:

So to everyone who has ever made or played a mod THANK YOU. It's been an amazing journey and we're looking forward to another 10 years!

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Angerfist219
Angerfist219

WOOHOO! Happy birthday ModDB

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CadianConscript
CadianConscript

Hear, hear! What a great decade that was, eh?

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C-zom
C-zom

Kickass guys. Lets shoot for 10 more!

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ADTeam™
ADTeam™

If possible, 100 more :D!

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Isaiahere
Isaiahere

to heck with 100 more. AN ETERNITY!!!!

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EuroSamurai
EuroSamurai

Impossible because at first day of 2013 crab people will eliminate whole mankind.

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Reapz0r
Reapz0r

Damn, not again! Errr I mean, what you don't say, didn't see that one comming. :)

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HuskyKDT
HuskyKDT

Dont worry, probably we find crab anihilation weapons (?)

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jklgarry
jklgarry

Someone make a mod with this context. Preferably on the source Engine.

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tomga1
tomga1

We have boiling water? Think about lobsters.

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Cnel.Gaddafi
Cnel.Gaddafi

Happy birthday!!!!!
the best page in the world ;D

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cW#Ravenblood

Fantastic! Over the 10 years you build a fantastic side, lets go for the next 10 years!

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Suisidewarrior
Suisidewarrior

Happy b-day :D

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andy1942liu
andy1942liu

Happy birthday!
and nice wallpaper!

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Cheeseness
Cheeseness

Happy birthday! I had no idea that I joined up so close to ModDB's launch. So hard to believe it's been a decade already!

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Docm30
Docm30

10 years, eh? it always makes me feel sort of old when I realise I've been visting here for 9 years.

Congratulations, ModDB. Nice show on the part of the staff to keep it going all these years.

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Arvind
Arvind

You people are awesome. Best of luck for the future (and beyond!) :D

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Erik313
Erik313

happy birthday

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Нunter-Seeker
Нunter-Seeker

HAPPY BIRTDAY! :D

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roman9441
roman9441

Happy birthday Moddb, Thx for awesome website

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KnightofEquulei
KnightofEquulei

And I'm STILL waiting for that talk. I mean I am willing to work for you but you've got me to half way...

10 years old eh? Well a toast to reaching that milestone and may Moddb continue to grow as the years progress.

And another toast to Moddb itself which is one of greatest modding sites on the web (perhaps even the best. I know of no other rivals).

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Slayer_2
Slayer_2

Death threats? You gotta be kidding me... Only on the internet.

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INtense! Author
INtense!

we've received all kinds of crazy emails and posted mail even

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KnightofEquulei
KnightofEquulei

All of them are probably from me.

I want my money! You stole my idea!

j/k lol

The death threats would have to be pretty random. Why would anyone send a death threat concerning Moddb?

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Kyle_K_ski
Kyle_K_ski

This site really is FANTASTIC.

It's a whole universe of splendid potential, and an enormous billboard screaming out to the rest of the insane world, "Hey! People will work their @$$e$ off for free because they love what they're doing so much, they want to share it with anyone in the world whose willing to partake of it!"

Well, that statement isn't probably fair to the "whole" world, as its insanity is due to the corrupt machinations of about 10,000 elites who rule/ruin so many positive things about it. But we all already knew about that through Deus Ex, didn't we?

What a testament toward human creativity!

Thank you for all of your hard work and devotion.

This is a tremendous community. Happy Birthday, and MANY more to come!

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P-98
P-98

С юбилеем! :)

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SPYFF
SPYFF

Congratz!

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DRUNKENSKELETON
DRUNKENSKELETON

Awesome! Happy Birth Day!

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum

Here's to 10 more! Congrats!

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Leaufai
Leaufai

Happy birthday ModDB. Was surprised to learn that the Stanley Parable caused you busiest day. Knew it was big, but not that big.

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OmeVince
OmeVince

Happy Bday!!!! <3

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mystery8
mystery8

Happy Birthday ModDB! :)

It's been a hell of a decade and in that time I've seen so many modding and gaming sites die off. I still lament all the lost content when Gamespy's Planet sites stopped hosting (and now appear to be largely dead).

I'm really really glad ModDB is still around and going stronger than ever. Great job everyone :)

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[$#!T-Happens]
[$#!T-Happens]

I've been here since May 2008... here's hoping i make it to ten years :D, which im sure i will

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Sanguinius
Sanguinius

Who in their right mind would send a death threat to the ModDB staff ??? That person can go **** himself ╭∩╮(︶︿︶)╭∩╮. Anyway, happy bday i wish you all the best and lets celebrate again in another 10 years :)

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Linqvist
Linqvist

Happy birthday Mod Database !!

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Extradaemon
Extradaemon

Happy Birthday Moddb! I cant wait to be here for the 20 year anniversary ;) Continue to be the best goddamn website on the internet :P

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do_i_ob
do_i_ob

Gentlemen it has been an honor! Happy birthday!

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TheJP3372
TheJP3372

That cake... IS A LIE!

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jamman88
jamman88

sweet happy birthdays guys, aussie aussie aussie haha

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BunnyJen
BunnyJen

Happy Birthday ModDB :)

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Sire
Sire

happy birthday moddb! i hope you will last atleast another 10 years :)

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gr13v0u5
gr13v0u5

*confetti* Happy B-Day! Great to be part of the community!

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tutituti87
tutituti87

HBD!

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Dr.Goupyl
Dr.Goupyl

Happy b-day moddb ! Thanks for still being here after such a long time !

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TwinBeast
TwinBeast

Congratulations!

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AirborneSn1p3r
AirborneSn1p3r

Happy Birthday Moddb! :P

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Executor-64-
Executor-64-

HAPPY BITHDAY MODDB :D

WooooHoooo! :D

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Agent_57
Agent_57

Happy Birthday! We love you! :)

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GandalfTheWhihe
GandalfTheWhihe

Happy Birthday!

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KnightofEquulei
KnightofEquulei

On another note, I really do like that wallpaper.

It's...interesting...

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