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Introducing a new feature... a showcase of the best content that demands your button mashing attention over the summer months.

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Every year, ModDB strives to recognize the best games and mods that make use of our services through the Mod of the Year Awards. While MOTY 2008 was the most successful event thus far, it still presented the same problem as previous years. Voting for the Player's Choice Awards largely consisted of mods and games that did most of their chest-thumping in the few months leading up to them. How could the short attention spans of voters be harnessed to have them consider the full breadth of releases in a year?

Our solution - the "Summer of Mods and Indies"! This event will focus on rounding up all the major releases since the MOTY's in order to boost exposure for all those great mods and indie games you missed. It comes at a great time of the year too, when most gamers suffer from a drought of high-street commercial releases. All of this is made possible with help from our returning sponsor, the U.S. Air Force:

US Air Force Sponsors

So sit back, relax and discover new gaming experiences that you never knew existed. The "Summer of Mods and Indies" event kicks off July 15!

The Summer of Mods & Indies event provides much needed exposure to mods and indie games in order to help them connect with their potential audiences. If you'd like to participate in this year's event, please contact stenchy by July 15th. Your mod must have been released or received a major update within the last 6 months in order to qualify.

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INtense! Author
INtense!

we have tons of content coming your way.. post mortems, dev diaries, screens, videos and stories never before told or seen from the top teams, all exclusive to ModDB!

Prepare to get bombarded with the best... which we expect you to play!

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MrChocolateBear
MrChocolateBear

Sounds amazing. I'm really looking forward to this!

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Chrissstrahl
Chrissstrahl

The best means only popular stuff, right?

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord

Nah, don't think so. They say "release in the last 6 month" or with a major update. Lemming-gathering projects don't fall into this category as they are usually unreleased and relaying on hype. Here the talk is about what actually got a release so the popularity status doesn't play in much at all.

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stenchy
stenchy

The best = people willing to work with us to increase their exposure. Devs have to put in effort to make this work.

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Chrissstrahl
Chrissstrahl

I think to many popular other projects make this pointless for projects like mine, so I'm not even trying it. My projects is just to unpopular and the game is death anyway. I really hate to realize that...

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Nickelpat
Nickelpat

Keep up that "Oh, mine will never be as good" attitude and it won't. It won't be popular if you always think that others will overshadow it. You have to try to get exposure. You don't think that mods like Mechwarriors Living Legends just automatically were popular do you?

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Chrissstrahl
Chrissstrahl

Mechwarior is for crysis, a popular game,
the game I have been working on is not popular at all.
I can garantee you that it is not my attitude, I have been working on a death game for longer than five years now and the effort I put into it was exorbitant, I have promoted the game and all big projects. The community is dead, plus it does not have the strength to stand up again and that I can't change.
To move one and life up my self again is the best I can do.

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TheSkunk
TheSkunk

Which game?

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Kyogreex
Kyogreex

It's Star Trek: Elite Force II, which has had a community plagued with problems.

Chriss: Even so, I think you should enter the co-op mod. It's bound to get at least some publicity because of the event, and that's better than nothing. At least, then, your achievements will not go unnoticed.

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Centaur1um
Centaur1um

I like.

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Cyberpresident_CORE
Cyberpresident_CORE

As the heavy of tf2 would say now !!!INCOMMING!!!

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VagabondPraetor
VagabondPraetor

Hurm.

So if a mod wins an award here, is it still eligible to win a MOTY award?

Anyway, hope this increase exposture doesn't take the gloss of either event.

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INtense! Author
INtense!

Totally separate, where the mods is more of an "awards show" with prizes and community voting, this is a showcase of the best from the first 6 months of the year. Mainly because so many damn good gameplay experiences have been released, and we want to give you a taste of all of them. That and look behind the scenes with exclusive and great content.

The only "prize" to be had here, is heaps of coverage for the teams on the homepage, in this profile and on the wider internet... so yeah please blog and mention when it launches: Moddb.com

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Bender411
Bender411

I think its amaizing idea! Cuz realy,mods what go in early of year not so population in MOTY. And SOM&I its realy nice chance for early year mods be more famous. You guys ROKZ!!!

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Mischa_Silden
Mischa_Silden

drumroll for the next 13days, 7hours 41minutes and 15 seconds

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Sionfel
Sionfel

well, ain't this just freakin' cool.

very nice idea moddb.

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taylorinalaska
taylorinalaska

(buried)

Amazing. You know, back in the day, the Air Force used its money for things like defending the U.S., rather then advertising to gamers who will most likely never join the USAF.

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RocketSurgery
RocketSurgery

who cares?

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Emannium_Ekarnora
Emannium_Ekarnora

Well, it gives them good reputation in a big group, the gamers. And gamers usually talk about big things to other people. (Who usually gets bored out of their mind.)

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VagabondPraetor
VagabondPraetor

Should had gotten over that a while ago.

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Ennui
Ennui

Nice, this is a great idea. It's always bugged me that the MOTY tends to focus on mods that have been in the limelight in the last few months of the year, and all the great releases from the first half are largely forgotten.

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord

That's an interesting thing to pull off. Let's see what you cherry picked for us.

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█Black/Brunez█
█Black/Brunez█

C´mon!

It´s only Summer on the Northern Hemisphere!
Here is cold!

by the way, I´m waiting it...

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Noesis_Interactive
Noesis_Interactive

Great idea, looking forward to it! It will be really interesting to see what makes the grade.

sidenotes:

I find it really funny that the U.S. Airforce is advertising on ModDB because it seems like none of the guys who work for ModDB are actually from the U.S.!

I also like how the little attempt-to-connect statement says "So enjoy a new crop of mods on us and have a summer of button-mashing fun".
1. The USAF didn't make any mods and we would be enjoying a new crop of mods even if they didn't exist.
2. Isn't button mashing supposed to be a bad thing?

Summer of Mods and Indies FTW!

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Betelgeuze
Betelgeuze

They do make games, so heh...

nice initiative btw!

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Darthlex
Darthlex

I quite enjoyed American Army! - But i'm a bit lost at them saying it's a drought of games season? ..

What do you call "Ghostbusters" then? How about "Overlord II" Not to mention "Prototype"

I really disagree on the drought thing, however .. MODDB Ftw! I want to see what you guys whip up, even if i'm still playing Prototype in the background!

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KEEP_IT_UP!
KEEP_IT_UP!

CAN'T WAIT! :D

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TheHappyFriar
TheHappyFriar

something that shows off stuff that's actually playable & not to be released space users...

AWESOME! :D

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Danboe
Danboe

Interesting indeed! :)

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Dan911
Dan911

looks sweeet

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SandeR2
SandeR2

bring it on! summer here we come!

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Daystranger
Daystranger

Guess who will win?
L4D map pack!!!
:D

Just kidding, can't wait. Its gonna be awesome.

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Potteh
Potteh

'bout time some other mods got some recognition. Nice though.

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formerlyknownasMrCP
formerlyknownasMrCP

Hey Intense.. Why is this Summer.. you and I both know its Winter where we live :P. lol.

I guessing its due to the sponsor :D.

heads up too that the Air Force Logo is overlapping the title of this page.

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c3lhas
c3lhas

Well, bring it on

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

Should I bring a umbrella?
And good idea, more publicity is good for any mod or game!

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier

I really like this idea it's fantastic. It's like a summer vacation TV special for modding.

The Air Force? That's silly. As if they actually care about modding. I bet there suites are just throwing money at any online community with gamers regardless of what they do. GTFO Navy go recruit somewhere else. So many people here aren't even in the United States!

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Whizzard
Whizzard

They give ModDB free munay, so chill man.

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formerlyknownasMrCP
formerlyknownasMrCP

yvan eht nioj

oh wait...

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Spiritlol
Spiritlol

The Airforce and the Navy are two completely different things...

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SLAYER.101
SLAYER.101

Looks interesting. I can't wait for this

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Lt.SnoWolf
Lt.SnoWolf

Better not just be popular stuff. Cant wait for all this content to see. :D But i can wait. Got alot of mods to download and play in the next 12 Days. /click mod section

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Slayer_2
Slayer_2

I can't wait for this. I'm entering, I only hope my mod is good enough.

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Vicpop
Vicpop

oh my god that ad is hilarious

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Akaichi
Akaichi

July 15th...too bad I'll be in the army by then. Guess I'll have to check it out on some holiday afterwards....

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ratlover233
ratlover233

Guess the advertising does work then...

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan

Really good idea!

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medve
medve

do we really need this summer thing? this could decrease the ordinary moty awards fame...i donno really.

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Fugitmdup
Fugitmdup

Cool. Just wondering though, your mod has to be released no matter what right?? Or does the part about your mod having to have had a major update mean it could still be in development?

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