Mod of the Year


2003 Mod of the Year Results ARE IN!

These days mods are to games what butter is to bread. With that year we saw many game companies holding more mod expose to teach or share (the tools) on how to mod. We saw more schools offering scholarships to game design this year. Many game designers played one mod before they put all the imagination they had into moving onto games.

Mods they are fun, original and extend the lifespan of a game to be virtually never-ending. With making mods you the creator have the entire world in front of you to decide what to make. Some mods have been stopped for not getting permission and the mods below are proof of doing it the correct way.

The idea of this article is to show the world and you noobs who live under a rock that sexy mods exist and no they are not Counter Strike. The first group of mods I will explain are mods released this year in 2003. If I didn't list a mod that was out in 2003 I am sorry. We set up a forum thread and so many people posted mods. Many of them were not mods that released in 2003. Some mods are not out yet. The rest of this is mods everyone voted on to say they loved them or thought highly of them.

RSS Mod of the Year Archive

The 2007 Mod of the Year event is about to kick-off, but before we look at the year that was we decided to take a stroll down memory lane and look back at the past 5 Mod of the Year awards.

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The Mod DB team has been working around the clock to get the 2007 Mod of the Year Awards running and finally they are just around the corner! In a few days at the end of December they shall kick off and players choice voting shall begin.

But before we fight over the best mods of 2007 and debate endlessly if it was a good year of modding, its time to take a look back at the past 5 years of MOTY, an event which began as a humble forum thread and has now grown into a closely fought and coveted event.

Mod of the Year 2007 Trophy Mod of the Year 2006 Trophy

Mod of the Year 2005 Trophy Mod of the Year 2004 Trophy

Mod of the Year 2003 Trophy Mod of the Year 2002 Trophy

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Aeneas2020
Aeneas2020

wow some of those mods take me, perhaps some day i'll win one LOL...that'll be the day

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Spector
Spector

One day soon, could be your day, just gotta keep hacking at it. =)

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Gongong
Gongong

'05's one is the best so far.
Oh, the joy of winning one of those... :)

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joker_mx
joker_mx

Funny how most of the winning mods are based on the Source engine.

Anyways, I'm SUPER hyped for this year's awards. Best of luck to all of the teams. May the best one win.

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ambershee
ambershee

It's because of the somewhat overzealous 'othergamesdontexist' nature of the Source community =P

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INtense! Author
INtense!

Actually I believe that almost makes it harder to win, since there are 500 mods all fighting for the same attention / votes. We saw that in the 2006 competition where HL2 dominated the top 100, but because people could only choose their top 3 and there were so many HL2 mods, BF2 dominated this stage and ended up cleaning up the prizes.

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leilei
leilei

man, MOTY 2003 was such a failure

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Chandler
Chandler

Did he mean December or November? Because "in a few days at the end of December" doesn't make much sense...

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord

So is it now nailed what the new categories will be or is this still a run in the dark so far? Maybe we should ( in awareness of the source community ) make maybe a non-source mod award? This would especially give out-of-the-box mods a better chance to get some real exposure and recognition for their work.

Btw... how many of the winner mods are still kicking nowadays? Would be interesting to see what lasted and what not.

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Crispy
Crispy

There are better ways to organise it. As I've suggested in the past, giving awards by genre instead of by engine would compare similar mods against eachother. However, certain engines are better equipped for certain genres. Therefore awarding by genre would help non-Source mods get recognition for their achievements. Obviously Source would be a strong favourite for the FPS mods, but I doubt it would do so well in RPG/Adventure/Driving/Flight Sim, to give a few examples.

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Crispy
Crispy

The main question here is how to organise genres. We saw last year that 'Afraid of Monsters' for HL won 'Adventure'. I would say that it's a Horror FPS game, but not an adventure game.

For instance, this article En.wikipedia.org
claims that the Adventure genre in its purest form is completely devoid of action, instead focusing on other things like puzzle-solving and character involvement. Even the Action-Adventure definition would rule out Afraid of Monsters:

"Action-adventure games focus on exploration and usually involve item gathering, simple puzzle solving, and combat."

So the question is really about how the genres are divided up. But this system does need to be dynamic and relate back to the year in question. E.g. if there were 5 Tactical Shooters and 4 First-Person Shooters released in the same year and they were all of a good standard, it would make sense to divide up the 'shooter' awards into 2 sub-genre awards. This will most likely be the case this year, since shooters are so popular.

I would also definitely divide up single-player and multiplayer awards, because not everyone craves one or the other equally.

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Kraln
Kraln

Digital Paintball is still kicking - all the way from 2002...

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Giddamon
Giddamon

Wow, I can't believe Dystopia only got 3rd *thumb down* :(

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formerlyknownasMrCP
formerlyknownasMrCP

Has anyone noticed that all the mods that seem to win are FPSs? LAME! Bout time an RPG or SpaceSim (Infinity I'm looking at you) kicked all your arses IMO :D.

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ambershee
ambershee

I think Infinity got quite a bit of notice last year, if I recall correctly. It is a shame that the prizes tend to be limited to the FPSs though.

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c4Menace
c4Menace

already?! wow that was fast...

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Aeneas2020
Aeneas2020

@ cyberpunk, well its the votes that decide :) (i know u know that already just being cheeky lol). I guess people just like fps games.

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teh_spy
teh_spy

lol

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Psycho_Sam
Psycho_Sam

Yay 2004 and Red Orchestra won it! And now in 2008 we should be getting 3 great mods for their retail game! :D

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