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In a few months time, the current Mod DB v3 site will be two years old, and though it has served its purpose well (it brought in tabbed profiles, added a bit of color to an otherwise gray site) – it is time to bring on the future in the form of Mod DB v4 codename CORE. For the past 6 months the underlying

Posted by INtense! on Aug 22nd, 2007

In a few months time, the current Mod DB v3 site will be two years old, and though it has served its purpose well (it brought in tabbed profiles, added a bit of color to an otherwise gray site) – it is time to bring on the future in the form of Mod DB v4 codename CORE.

For the past 6 months the underlying infrastructure powering the current site has been re-jigged, re-thought and re-energized to create a site which we believe is as cutting-edge as some of the indie development projects listed here. Many radical new features and ideas have been implemented, while existing ones were improved. Allow me to explain some of the changes you can expect to see in the coming months:

  • WEB2.0 - Though the web2.0 hype (AJAX, Blogs, Groups, Friends etc ) may sometimes feel like a load of nonsense, as a development based site we believe that collaboration and communication is a pivotal part of the design and build process. Therefore v4 has new tools in place which allow you to create groups, and privately (or publically) share news, updates, files, media etc. You will also be able to run a development blog, add friends – anything that helps you feel important.
  • Better categorization – Standalone game developers rejoice, your creations will no longer reside in the mod list, instead they will be listed alongside the commercial games (HL, UT etc) where they deserve to be. This means that you can build a community around your game, accepting mods, addons, files etc.
  • Greater depth of information – Ever wanted to know what games were created on what engine? V4 now supports game engine listings so you can see all the games made on Source, Crytek, UT3, etc. The addition of groups will mean that you can see all games, mods and maps made by mod teams, Valve etc. Best of all everything is smartly interlinked, so addons can be added to mods, mods can be added to games, games can be added to groups / engines and lastly these can be added to a game console!
  • Console support – For a long time now we have wanted to support ALL development projects, from the PC to the PSP to the XBOX360. With companies like Epic announcing that mods made on UT3 will work on the PC and PS3 – a lot of exciting action is certain to happen in this space soon. Therefore we want to help these projects get the recognition they deserve, and have created a new interface which will facilitate this.
  • Video support – It seems every site has a video player now and soon we shall too.
  • Profile customization – Mod making is all about tweaking, changing and customizing a game, so we figured you should be able to customize your profile also, to fit the theme of your creation. After all you are the experts at design – so we cannot wait to see what you come up with.
  • Feature focus – Post v4 launch, we plan on churning out interesting editorials covering the mod and game development scene. We will round up the hot news for you, and post some of our own – and give you something good to read at night!

These are just a handful of the changes we have made: in-place editing / browsing is another big feature in v4 which should make it easier to navigate and use the site; search will be sped-up; information will be laid out in an exciting new visual manner; you can watch members, mods, games, groups -- the list goes on. The problem with major change is that there still are many features listed here that have not been fully implemented (or working properly), which we want to trial out before they go live. This site is built for you, the developers and gamers, and we want to keep it that way – so if you are interested in viewing the closed beta and providing us with your feedback (we want to hear what you LOVE / HATE), please respond to this news post and you shall be notified in a few weeks – once the closed beta is ready.

The changes are radical, it will be a shock at first, but we believe you will love our ideas and hope that with your help we can take indie game development to the next level. Oh and finally - one of the things we are trying to do in v4 is show less ads (just better ones!) so if you have the time, give this survey a crack as the feedback will help us achieve this.

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zixed01
zixed01 Aug 24 2007, 8:23am says:

sign me up too, this old version is getting a bit boring

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San-J
San-J Aug 24 2007, 4:22am says:

I'd love to participate. Count me in if there's still any room!

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metallica909
metallica909 Aug 23 2007, 11:33pm says:

I RESPONDED

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Rokin
Rokin Aug 24 2007, 5:17am says:

Looking forward to see the new features. I'm in

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JoeCatshoe
JoeCatshoe Aug 24 2007, 5:46am says:

Why don't you ask: who doesn't want to test?
I think everyone is dyeing to see it ;)

Can't wait to see it online and running. Sounds promising.

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Whizzard
Whizzard Aug 24 2007, 5:53am says:

Two thumbs up for v4.
Middle finger up for closed beta.

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PytoX
PytoX Aug 24 2007, 7:01am says: Online

sign me up! :)

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adamobrn
adamobrn Aug 24 2007, 9:17am says:

The changes u made this version were really great. I remember the previous version and even tho i heard of the site the layout wasn t great and i ignored it but when u updated the site i loved it! Bottem line u've done a great job with this version and the ideas u have in mind sound great so im sure this next version of moddb will be more fun, more helpfull and certainly more entertaining to browse.

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NAGASH
NAGASH Aug 24 2007, 9:23am says:

i would also like a chance to test the new version, so if spots are still open for the closed beta, i would love to help out.

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AgeNt_
AgeNt_ Aug 24 2007, 9:32am says:

100th comment! still am i in yet?

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markishome359
markishome359 Aug 24 2007, 1:02am says:

I'd love a chance to check out the new design!

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LDM125
LDM125 Aug 24 2007, 1:19pm says:

I'm in on this. Sounds awesome--I can't wait.

-LDM

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joker_mx
joker_mx Aug 24 2007, 12:27am says:

I'd like to participate in this beta. Thanks.

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SAHChandler
SAHChandler Aug 24 2007, 12:34am says:

Sign me up
:3

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hypesystem
hypesystem Sep 8 2007, 5:24am says:

I would love to participate ;)

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Jambozal
Jambozal Sep 3 2007, 10:00am says:

Sounds fun. Sign me up :)

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Sleeprz
Sleeprz Sep 7 2007, 10:40am says:

Trying the beta out? Sure thing!

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Minuit
Minuit Aug 23 2007, 12:54am says:

The ability to block troublemakers from your mod's page would be much appreciated! Or is that possible already? D=

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Whizzard
Whizzard Aug 23 2007, 12:56pm says:

Leak us a link!

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Soya
Soya Sep 1 2007, 7:10am says:

i want to see this sign me up! definatily sounds gd

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tyranid_hivemind
tyranid_hivemind Aug 31 2007, 7:24am says:

the red looks cool. gives it a dangerous look grrr :D

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AbedeuS
AbedeuS Aug 22 2007, 6:09pm says:

Nice work guys! This website is already awesome enough for its moddy delight, but adding something to allow the developers to express themselves and not just their creations is a brilliant idea (I'm not a developer personally (yet, i need some more skills first)) but it does seem like an awesome idea :D

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VulpineComplex
VulpineComplex Aug 22 2007, 2:55pm says:

Just respond, eh? I'd love a chance to participate.

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FullMetalFox
FullMetalFox Aug 22 2007, 2:58pm says:

<-- betatests like everything...

anyway, nice stuff on the list... but will we get a new "not so red" theme? *g*

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Canuck
Canuck Aug 22 2007, 3:03pm says:

Cool, I can't wait!

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Varsity
Varsity Aug 22 2007, 3:12pm says:

Two years? It doesn't seem like that long!

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CrazyMAC
CrazyMAC Aug 22 2007, 3:13pm says:

Awesome can't wait :) sign me up.

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DJ-Ready
DJ-Ready Aug 22 2007, 3:19pm says:

yay for v4, nay for closed beta T_T

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myles
myles Aug 22 2007, 3:22pm says:

Looks intresting, does not feel like 2 years ago :D
Sure, ill participate.

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scratch
scratch Aug 22 2007, 3:30pm says:

I'm in :)

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Unleashed2k
Unleashed2k Aug 22 2007, 3:30pm says:

Wow, these features will make MODDB better and stronger. Nothing will ever be able to defeat moddb.
Not only will this make moddb stronger, it will help my modification alot as well.

I want in, badly. Thanks for your work MODDB!

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FrozenCow
FrozenCow Aug 22 2007, 3:45pm says:

Yea! I'd like to help make moddb better! :D I'm really curious how this great site will improve even more this time.

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rofl106
rofl106 Aug 22 2007, 3:47pm says:

teh pone, jk i'd like to test =)

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AgeNt_
AgeNt_ Aug 22 2007, 3:49pm says:

WOO HOO he got my video idea!

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DJ-Ready
DJ-Ready Aug 22 2007, 3:56pm says:

oh yeah .. forgot to mention feel free to set me up with beta access :D :D

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dinky
dinky Aug 22 2007, 4:08pm says:

I love to beta test... I want to Beta post...

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D@rson07
D@rson07 Aug 22 2007, 4:17pm says:

So sign me up :) I want to see! Plus I can look for bugs :D

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DGMurdockIII
DGMurdockIII Aug 22 2007, 4:35pm says:

i love to help test it

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bugsport
bugsport Aug 22 2007, 4:47pm says:

I want to test. so very, very bad

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Masterfulplayer
Masterfulplayer Aug 22 2007, 4:50pm says:

I did love to give my feeedback on it, this website rocks :)

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Wills
Wills Aug 22 2007, 4:52pm says:

Count me in too! Would love to test out the new site!

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stenchy
stenchy Aug 22 2007, 4:55pm says:

Absolutely for this, can't wait to see all these features in here.... looks like you points from all the winning entries on the Mod Showcase design contest and refined them. Count me in!

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Jyffeh
Jyffeh Aug 22 2007, 5:08pm says:

=D

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet Aug 22 2007, 5:09pm says:

As long as the site is user friendly, uncomplicated and allows for a decent amount of customization as you have stated, it sounds great...

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ultimate
ultimate Aug 22 2007, 5:14pm says:

"Profile customization – Mod making is all about tweaking, changing and customizing a game, so we figured you should be able to customize your profile also, to fit the theme of your creation. After all you are the experts at design – so we cannot wait to see what you come up with."

You're killing me with awesomeness.

And by the way, I'd appriciate having a chance to help in the closed beta!

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8472
8472 Aug 22 2007, 6:05pm says:

Exciting stuff! :D

Would love to test it. :)

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nuclearchinchila
nuclearchinchila Aug 22 2007, 6:07pm says:

count me in!

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dar_
dar_ Aug 22 2007, 6:37pm says:

Will it be mainly gray with mod-specific banners on the top right? :p

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OMON
OMON Aug 22 2007, 6:38pm says:

My god, has it been that long?
I still remember exactly what V1 looked like..... time flies

Anyway, personally Im very exited about this!

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Hanzie
Hanzie Aug 22 2007, 7:37pm says:

No sneak peak screenshots? ! :P

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