Running the Mod of the Year is always an incredible experience for us at ModDB. The stakes are high, the prizes and support of the competition is stronger than ever (with our announcement of the US Air Force's involvement today). The development scene is healthier than it has ever been, with so many deserving mod and indie games battling it out to become recognized as the best of 2008. After all, past winners, runners up and top 100 titles have gone on to become so much more, when a hobby becomes a job and a well regarded commerical success story.
Little over 24 hours ago top 100 voting closed in the 7th Annual Mod of the Year awards. You have spoken with your votes and the winners are locked in. In a few weeks time we will begin the "winners showcase" phase which runs for the remainder of this month. Each day an editors choice pick (across a number of categories) will be announced OSCARS style (i.e. nominee's then the winner). Expect an assortment of great titles to be coming your way. Then as the curtain closes the culmination of the competition occurs on the last day of Febuary as we announce the 2008 Mod of the Year.
Finally I would like to welcome the US Air Force as the major sponsor of this years winners showcase. With their support we know we can continue to grow this competition and help you continue to be recognised as the great developers and innovators you are.
It’s amazing how modders can take a game everyone knows and loves, add a little inspiration, imagination and hard work and create something completely new — a mod that is downloaded by thousands and worthy of great praise. It’s this ingenuity that makes us proud to be associated with the 2009 Mod of the Year Awards. After all, the men and women of the United States Air Force exhibit the same modder-like qualities every day. Whether it’s breaking the sound barrier for the first time, inventing GPS or developing software to fend off cyber attacks, we know what it’s like to have ideas that demand to be born. So congratulations to this year’s winner and all the participants. May your next mod be downloaded by millions.