Welcome to the 8th Annual Mod of the Year Awards - the premiere event that celebrates the best creations within the modding and indie gaming scene. Developers have delivered plenty of great gameplay experiences this year, and now it is our turn as gamers to nominate and recognize the best of 2009.
From now until Feb 20th, we shall be sharing a year in review and showcasing the editors' picks of 2009, culminating in the announcement of this year's best mod and game as voted by you. The top mods and games will win the honors of being placed alongside other projects that have gone on to become commercial successes and cement their place in ModDB's hall of fame. And to the winner goes the spoils; ModDB has teamed up with a whole lineup of sponsors that have provided prizes ranging from software to servers to beanbags. Everything to help budding developers excel at their craft.
From December 20th to January 5th every indie game and mod on the site has a voting booth activated in their profile. It is now up to you, to find your favorites, play them and vote for them - so we can narrow thousands of contenders down to the players choice top 100...
On January 6th the Top 100 mods and indie games you voted for in phase 1 will be announced and a second round of voting will commence until January 20th. Again, it is up to you, to vote for your top 3 in this list - so we can narrow the top 100 down to a handful of winners...
Early February after thousands of votes have been tallied, we shall be announcing the 2009 Players and Editors Choice winners. These indie games and mods will be showcased in an exclusive video presentation and editorial writeup. Download links will be given so you can play the years best.
Picking a winner from 6,100 mods and 740 indie games all of which are built on different game engines, platforms, genres and themes is no easy feat. We know everyones tastes differ and we can only recognize the efforts of so many. So if you want your favorite to win remember EVERY VOTE COUNTS (last years results were incredibly tight). We've got graphics and embed code to help you get your friends and fellow gamers voting and playing the great mods and indie games on offer. The award categories this year are:
The ultimate honor is claiming the 2009 Mod of the Year Trophy and joining an elusive lineup of past winners. Last years winner Project Reality continues to grow in popularity and has big plans ahead. Winners before that including Garrys Mod, Red Orchestra and Natural Selection are now commerical success stories. In addition to the recognition being a MOTY finalist will bring your project, this year thanks to a lineup of sponsors, we have an assortment of prizes to give away. We've got DVDs, magazines, hosting, game servers and other things to help your team develop the best game they can.
The following are basic rules which apply to all participating teams. Read on for the full legal terms.
"start voting and may the best mod win!"