Mod of the year has come and now gone, and once again showed why I don't bother with it. I'm sure most of you have seen the top 10 so I won't go into too much detail about them but seriously, wtf?
Starting with something familiar, while I'm not a fan of LA for many game balancing reasons it has to represent one of the single biggest collective efforts and dedication to a game I've ever seen, and where did it come? Fucking THIRD, what come first? Some bloody truck simulator that looks like it could of been knocked together in a week.
Mod of the year should be about recognising the level of love and care authors have put in to mods, which nicely leads me to my next issue, looking at all the top 10 most of them come from the same genre of game or very similar, all of the "winners" from 9th to 5th in fact. Let me ask you, with odds like that what chance do other mods played by fewer people but have authors who have put infinitely higher levels of love and care put in to their mods have of getting a well deserved pat on the back?
If moddb are going to continue with this mod of the year stuff they seriously need to organise it better, at the very least make it so the top 10 can't have more than 2 mods from the same/similar game genre. if something like this isn't done its not going to be long before tripe like The Sims mods are going to be occupying most of those top 10 places.
I could also talk about how even looking at best upcoming and editors choices seems to be nothing but star wars, star wars, and fucking star wars, but I won't. I've mentioned it, thats enough. The only mod to truly catch my eye, perhaps because I've done similar for SoC, is a mod called Stargate Space Conflict, which I will even link to to try and get it some recognition it deserves; Moddb.com, this mod is made using the Homeworld 2 engine, which makes it all the more impressive.
So what are my final thoughts? Something is very backwards with mod of the year, it should, nay, must, be about recognition for a modders or groups talents, not just whatever gets moddb the most site traffic.