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Towards the end of March, God made a signficant event that just may please us all. The Independent Games Festival will be happening before we know it. Some of ModDB, I believe, will be taking a trip to San Jose, CA to attend this event, and just this morning they have announced their mod finalists:

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Towards the end of March, God made a signficant event that just may please us all. The Independent Games Festival will be happening before we know it. Some of ModDB, I believe, will be taking a trip to San Jose, CA to attend this event, and just this morning they have announced their mod finalists:

  • User Posted ImageIGF Best Mod - 'Half-Life 2': Dodgeball: Source, Dystopia, Eclipse, Hidden: Source, Plan Of Attack.
  • User Posted ImageIGF Best Mod - 'Neverwinter Nights': Bitter Harvest, Hythum II: The Halls Of Kilgirn, Rose Of Eternity - Chapter 1, Runes Of Blood, The Hunt.
  • User Posted ImageIGF Best Mod - 'Unreal Tournament 2004': Dragonfly Variations, HamsterBash, Path Of Vengeance, The Awakening, The Soulkeeper.
  • User Posted ImageIGF Best Mod - 'Doom 3': Last Man Standing, Doom3[CC].

The winners will recieve a grand prize of $2,500. As the time gets closer we will have an insight on each of the finalists mods.

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Ging
Ging

kean - as was mentioned on the first page of comments, the comp was only open to mods that had released something playable when entry was open so insurgency couldn't enter.

nzMM - garry said he didn't want to pay for entry, which is fair play. What's any award worth? It's a good bit of recognition and well, it looks good on the cv if you can say "IGF finalist" (of course, that depends on the person reading it knowing what the IGF is)

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Grash
Grash

There's a loophole in the IGF rules that will allow games that didn't make it in this year to compete next year.

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SuperRad
SuperRad

Im disgusted Killing Floor is not on there!

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Chunky
Chunky

Wow, I'm surprised Gmod isn't on the list of HL2 mods.

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Seggy
Seggy

Insurgency??? come on that looks like the best one so far for HL2, also Neotokyo

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garry
garry

Hell naw I ain't paying to enter a mod contest - no matter how little it costs.

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Chunky
Chunky

Still, most of the mods up there suck. An "Independent" award would be better off awarded to a one-man team ;)

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Betelgeuze
Betelgeuze

Insergency is not released yet so it cant win!

What about the MOTY awards?

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MasterChopChop Author
MasterChopChop

heartbreaking, i would've hoped to see more doom mods.

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Koroshiya_Ichi
Koroshiya_Ichi

same ere :( If Dark Mod, Hexen, Recall to Hell, Ground Zero and Facing Hell had just released demos or something the competition wold be much hotter

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xiliquiern
xiliquiern

Yeah. I haven't been particularly impressed by any of those HL2 mods. Hopefully this year will be more promising. I look forward to Neotokyo┬║, Insurgency, and a few others.

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Demonhunter2005
Demonhunter2005

I like dodgeball source for one and think its great and all but...

Garry's mod is easily 150%better han even the best of the mods listed, they must be mad for those lists

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Ghost_face
Ghost_face

@ Demonhunter2005

Don't you understand that you had to pay for entering a mod ? Gary didn't enter/pay so it can't be on the list.

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MasterChopChop Author
MasterChopChop

doesn't matter, one can still wish that garry's mod won.

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Zimbaly
Zimbaly

The mods up there for HL2 aren't bad. I've checked em out. I'm a huge fan of dystopia. Most of the mods don't have a huge impact, like wow that is crazy and so new and different. Gmod is fun, and has alot to it, but it doesn't blow me away. The only one I find to bring something to the table is Dystopia. It's one of those games that doesn't stand on the same platform as others. You can see inpirations from other places, but yet it's on it's own level and has set a standard that should be and shall be followed in time. Yes it's in the demo phase, but it's like playing the Wolfenstein demo for the first time, and loading up the 5 1/2 floppy's and going man.... this rocks, or getting doom on a pcgamer cd and thinking to yourself.... holy this is pure madness. There's so much potential.... well to me Dystopia gives me that feeling and it has that same potential. To those that haven't checked it out. You should, don't let this mod die like everyone did to ToD for halflife. Special-Delivery out!

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dys-Teddy
dys-Teddy

I believe it was free to enter Garry.. or at least we didn't pay anything to enter Dystopia

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garry
garry

Oh.. well don't tell them that :)

Who Is Eligible: Any non-commercial mod teams (see guidelines or detailed rules).
Competing for: $10,000 in cash (see the Awards Page for more details)
Entry Fee: $25.
Submissions Due: Submissions are now closed - thanks to all who submitted!


The entry fee was reduced (from what I don't know).

We've been talking to members of the mod community over the past few weeks, working with the top modders, who are often talented hobbyists with limited spare time and income. Since they wanted a little more time and needed a lower entry price to allow them to compete, we've set new guidelines for the 2006 IGF Mod Competition..

Therefore, the new IGF Mod Competition deadline for Half-Life 2, Doom 3, NeverWinter Nights, and Unreal Tournament 2004 modders is now November 1, and the entry fee is now $25. However, we're still keeping the prizes the same - you could win your share of a total $10,000 in prizes, including $2,500 for the top mod for each game.


That whole quote sums up why I didn't submit GMod.

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar

I don't get this part of the D3 one: "No other entries were of finalist quality"

so you pay, but they dno't bother to even look/judge your mod because, to them, it's not finshed? I'd like to see one mod that has EVER been finished! :D

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar

Why don't students have to pay anything? They get software at discount, room & board is most taken care of... I had MORE $$$ when I was a student! grrr....

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Boxy
Boxy

Is it not a tad unfair that you didnt pay to enter the mod into IGF and others did? Are you sure you didnt pay to enter Dystopia?

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Koroshiya_Ichi
Koroshiya_Ichi

to be honest, since modding is based around the FREE use of commercial tools, for NO-PROFITABLE gain, the idea of awarding the winner in money is strikes me as being a bit ironic. My only hope is that this type of incentive does not encourage future mod developers to focus their efforts with the pure intention of winning money. Sorry if that sounds elitist but in a world where 90% of peoples goals, dreams and aspirations are fueled by and directed towards money, I think it'd be nice to know there is atleast one medium (or atleast one level of a medium) that remains immune to it.

Together, Money and stupid people go along way in destroying everything. Once again though, sorry if that sounds elitist

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INtense! Staff
INtense!

It is a paid contest so perhaps not a fair representation of modding as a whole. Still I believe each of those finalists are very deserving!

Oh and Mod DB MOTYs voting is now closed... results shall be announced shortly!!!

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Virii
Virii

Wherer can I download Half-Life: Dodge Ball?

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AJ_Quick

BOO

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dys-Teddy
dys-Teddy

turns out Fuzzy bankrolled our entry, god bless him. He's always willing to give to the cause!

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MarineXGEN
MarineXGEN

From the ones I've played, for Half-Life 2, Eclipse is deffinately an interesting game. I had fun with it but haven't installed it back on since I had to reformat. Eclipse is deffinately a very original idea.

I haven't played Dystopia yet, but from the screens and what not, there is deffinately a lot there. I'll have to install it as it seems very interesting.

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Kean2000
Kean2000

Insurgency should be on there :)

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nzMM
nzMM

Yea no Gmod????????????? It is actually the most played mod(in the true ssense of the word) for HL2. So what the hell? There goes me thinking people actually playing a mod, indicates that its good. Silly me!

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nzMM
nzMM

So really what is this IGF award worth, besides money? Kinda bizarre and lacking credibility imo, anyways on with the show, because thats what it is.

Wow i sound bitter!
Ciao.

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