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Mod of the Year 2010 Editors Choice - Best Original Art

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2010 had many inspiring and graphically stunning releases throughout the year. To be nominated for an award in Best Original Art, a fresh and unique look was key. High-res textures and detailed models while great, was not our focus, instead this award is all about artistic originality. Here are the ModDB editor's and our judges top selection of 2010.



The Call of the FirefliesThe Call of the Fireflies
is a puzzle-based singleplayer mod for Crysis. There's no guns, explosions or nanosuits involved. Just an old man who follows mysterious fireflies through mountains and dark caves, sleeping villages and frozen woods, and has to use all kinds of mechanisms to open his path, while battling to stay alive in the winter cold.


Halfquake SunriseHalfquake Sunrise
is the third part in the series. With over a hundred new traps that will kill you over and over again - for the enjoyment of whoever's watching you. Claustrophobic black-and-white surroundings, intimidating voice-overs, and a new ambient/industrial soundtrack with over an hour of playtime.

Open OutcastOpen Outcast
aims to create a freely available inofficial sequel to the Action-Adventure Outcast, not recreating the original game using a modern engine. You will be able to visit familiar locations and meet old faces from the first part while the story will continue after Cutter Slade returned to earth from his first trip to Adelpha.

Nehrim: At Fates EdgeNehrim: At Fates Edge
is a Total Conversion for the RPG The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. It is a self-contained game that bases upon the Oblivion game engine, but has no relation to Oblivion's lore. It is a world in which neither Tamriel nor any other TES based name exists. The continent itself on which the game is situated is called Nehrim, it is completely independent from the base game.

Nightmare House 2Nightmare House 2
is a total conversion for Half-Life 2. You wake up inside an abandoned hospital with no understanding of how you came to be there, only a vague memory of the girl from Nightmare House haunts you. Soon it will be difficult to determine between a dream and reality. How long will it take you to realize that escape is not an option?

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HounderKnight
HounderKnight - - 1,660 comments

Congrats, guys. :)

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s87
s87 - - 112 comments

Wow, open Outcast was nominated :)
Obviously the other titles are top-notch as well!

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord - - 1,934 comments

Interesting selection. No idea what Halfquake lost in this list but the others are interesting picks. I have the feeling Nehrim gets the win since their artists really worked of their ***** for that one. Never played tCotF but from what I've seen this one is most probably duked out between the two of them. NH2 is done nice too but I don't think it has what it takes for the first place. OO I don't know.

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sappy_nirv_bg
sappy_nirv_bg - - 210 comments

Half-Quake is really minimalistic in it's art(which doesn't mean it's not good enough to win), that being said it's not the first installment in the series, and when put up against such competition it's clear to see why it was nominated and why it didn't win.

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-=Zombine3D=-
-=Zombine3D=- - - 279 comments

my opinion: HalfQuake:Sunrise - mod of the year

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Coconutdoobie
Coconutdoobie - - 1,066 comments

I didn't really see much original textures in NH2...

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madcybi
madcybi - - 19 comments

Now I'm impressed :D open Outcast is nominated. Yes! Also congrats to our competitors :D

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Lex4art
Lex4art - - 102 comments

My voice for "The Call of the Fireflies" ^^, but i dont tasted "Nehrim: At Fates Edge" - maybe it's good too.

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Classic319
Classic319 - - 122 comments

Zeitgeist should win this, definately. It is the only one BETTER than these nominees

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Henley Author
Henley - - 1,973 comments

Needs to be released or have a demo out.

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Theon
Theon - - 712 comments

Else Galactopticon would have won! ;D

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KEEP_IT_UP!
KEEP_IT_UP! - - 1,444 comments

"halfquake" and "open outcast" 4 da win. :)
i don't know "The Call of the Fireflies" but it really looks awesome.
i don't get why "Nightmare House 2" is here... its everything (also a really good tc) but NOT original in artstyle at all. imho.

@classic319: you're right. "zeitgeist" should be here too. :/

edit: @henley: i see. damn it ;D

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Classic319
Classic319 - - 122 comments

Ahha, danke henley. I should have recognized that :) thank you

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ThePeanutBaron
ThePeanutBaron - - 249 comments

Videos aren't as good, without that sexy Australian accent telling me about the games/mods.

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madcybi
madcybi - - 19 comments

Congratz to the firefly crew! You really deserve this!

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Cry-Ruan
Cry-Ruan - - 38 comments

As a Crytek community rep it's nice to see some CryENGINE entries go far, good job guys. ;)

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cW#Ravenblood - - 6,703 comments

Now you and all developer can see, why they should keep supporting the modding community with SDK, source codes etc.

There are around 4 awesome mods, out of 100 of awesome mods, and the winner deserved it.
You can see now very good, which awesomness a modding team can develop, I have to say in there free time, and it's in my opinion more awesome that a li'l team of guys run this page, the biggest mod and game development website in the world. And every year the awards grow more and more.
Guys, where can I donate?

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Henley Author
Henley - - 1,973 comments

Buy a shirt bro.

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INtense! Staff
INtense! - - 4,098 comments

Forget shirts, use Desura - it just launched: Moddb.com

Get awesome games and support us. Oh and best of all (a little secret) we shall be sharing soon is that buying games on Desura gives you ModDB + IndieDB totally ad free!

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Guessmyname
Guessmyname - - 179 comments

*is floored*

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xXMaNiAcXx
xXMaNiAcXx - - 4,807 comments

Congratulations for the winner, as well as the nominees, who all deserved getting there.

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Psylo
Psylo - - 1 comments

Congrats to everyone! The call of the Fireflies looks amazing I will definitely give it a try, thanks for making me discover it!

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KH.Stalker
KH.Stalker - - 84 comments

WOW...Wow

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adv0
adv0 - - 186 comments

Replace Half-Quake with Dear Esther and you've got a list.

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Awesome_ninja
Awesome_ninja - - 809 comments

needs to be released, or have a demo... And no, the old demo of Dear Easher already got nominated last year =)

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Prez
Prez - - 158 comments

Every one of these is absolutely brilliant, but I have to agree with the choice for the winner. "Fireflies" is absolutely sublime and represents exactly why I still love PC gaming.

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Khameli
Khameli - - 130 comments

IMO everyone of nominees deserves a cookie!

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papamdt
papamdt - - 44 comments

Open outcast win i love the art i love anything in there!!

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Squiggers
Squiggers - - 713 comments

Great choice with Call of the Fireflies, it looks fantastic and is pretty much unique amongst Crysis mods with its gameplay style.

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Markuss2
Markuss2 - - 6 comments

a Mod that uses model packs and game assets won the Best Original Art catagory?

i agree that CotF looks really nice and deserves an award for its style, but these other teams worked hard to produce all their own art, i feel as though they deserved it more.

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RSNoon
RSNoon - - 28 comments

Neotokyo belongs on this list D:

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DD92
DD92 - - 278 comments

GREAT!

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Clear_strelok - - 378 comments

2010 has been really a great year for the modding, congratulation to the winners !

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kowi666
kowi666 - - 4 comments

Great to see that even a Half-Life mod has the potential to be one of the best art related mods!
But actually its not suprising that HQ:S got nominated since it really beats the **** out of the old GoldSrc Engine.

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