Mod DB

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Mod DB
Mod DB logo.png
Type of site
Game modifications, indie games
Owner DBolical Pty Ltd.
Created byScott "INtense!" Reismanis
URL www.moddb.com
CommercialYes
RegistrationFree
LaunchedJune 2002;19 years ago (2002-06)
Current statusActive

Mod DB is a website that focuses on general video game modding. It was founded in 2002 by Scott "INtense!" Reismanis. [1] As of September 2015, the Mod DB site has received over 604 million views, has more than 12,500 modifications registered, [2] and has hosted more than 108 million downloads. [3] A spin-off website, Indie DB, was launched in 2010 and focuses on indie games and news.

Contents

Purpose

The purpose of Mod DB is to list the mods, files, tutorials and information of any games that are capable of being modded with user-made content. Community involvement is strongly encouraged, and any game mod with a website is allowed to post a screenshot gallery, news, and requests for help. Scott's intentions, from the beginning, were to get the community heavily involved in the creation and development of the website. To this end, the most active members were chosen as moderators and administrators. The core staff generally remain the same, while lower positions are heavily rotated among trainee moderators, and administrator candidates. The site's staff mostly act as chaperones or librarians, keeping appropriate content available to the public and featuring the more exceptional content.

History

Scott Reismanis stated in an interview, "My first site was Gamerzoned, which became Gaminzone, then Chaosrealm and Modrealm". [4] ModRealm was refactored and improved upon to include more developer tools. After months of additional development, it was rebranded as ModDB. Reismanis coded the site engine himself, which would cover all of the mod-related subjects. ModDB 1.0 debuted in June 2002. It quickly gained a group of core members who became the basis for the active community which the site has today. In 2004, the second version of the site was released, and many new features were implemented along with a complete site redesign. Version three followed in December 2005, once again redesigning the site's organisation and aesthetics.

On 6 October 2006, Addon DB another website by the Mod DB team opened up a public beta for registered members of Mod DB. Addon DB's aim is to list additional content for game not applicable under the category of game modifications. This includes models, skins and maps. Following the creation of Addon DB, Scott Reismanis founded DBolical Pty Ltd. (formally DesuraNET), which subsequently acquired ownership of both Addon DB and Mod DB.

In September 2007 Mod DB changed and was overhauled to bring it up to version 4. This included integrating Addon DB into Mod DB. There were major enhancements like the ability to register a game rather than a mod as well as a better private messaging system.

In 2010 DBolical Pty Ltd. launched the "IndieDB" website dedicated to indie gaming. [5]

In 2011 Mod DB removed School Shooter: North American Tour 2012 after "receiving quite a bit of threatening mail as people believe we are the creators, supporters and makers of this content." [6]

Mod of the Year

Mod DB's Mod of the Year competition, the 'Golden Spanner' awards, aim to set the industry standard in awarding inventive and high-quality mods. Mods are chosen via a community vote and are then reviewed by staff to produce the final list of winners. The competition aims to encourage all fields of modding, with different categories such as graphics and gameplay, as well as a traditional 'best mod' winner.

2020

Players Choice - Mod of the Year 2020 [7]

  1. Age of the Ring (mod for Battle for Middle Earth 2)
  2. Mental Omega (mod for C&C Yuri's Revenge)
  3. Project Reality (mod for Battlefield 2)
  4. Divide and Conquer (mod for Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms)
  5. Black Mesa: Azure Sheep (mod for Black Mesa (video game))
  6. Expanding Fronts (mod for Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds)
  7. Unification Mod - Dawn of War: SoulStorm (mod for Dawn of war)
  8. Total War: Rise of Mordor (mod for Total War: Attila)
  9. Arcane Dimensions (mod for Quake (video game))
  10. Half Life 2: Raising the Bar Redux (mod for Half-Life 2: Episode Two)

2019

Editors' choice [8]

Players' choice – Best Upcoming Mod [9]

  1. Starlight (mod for Half-Life)
  2. Bloom (Doom/Blood crossover) (mod for Doom II )
  3. Star Wars – Galaxy at War (mod for Men of War: Assault Squad 2 )
  4. Apotheosis (mod for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
  5. Ages of the Federation (Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion)

2018

Editors' choice [10]

2017

Editors' choice [11]
Players' choice – Mod of the Year [12]
  1. Brutal Doom (mod for Doom )
  2. Star Wars: Thrawn's Revenge II: Ascendancy (mod for Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption )
  3. Twisted Insurrection (standalone mod for Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun )
  4. Third Age: Reforged (mod for Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms )
  5. The Empire at War Remake (mod for Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption)
  6. Age of the Ring (mod for The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king )
  7. Morrowind Rebirth (mod for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind )
  8. Dawn of the Tiberium Age (standalone mod for Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun )
  9. Age of Empires III: Wars of Liberty (mod for Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties )
  10. SWAT: Elite Force (mod for SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate )
Players' choice – Best Upcoming Mod [13]
  1. Skyblivion (mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim )
  2. Fallout 4: New Vegas (mod for Fallout 4 )
  3. Fall of the Republic: Thrawn's Revenge III (mod for Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption )
  4. Awakening of the Rebellion (mod for Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption)
  5. Tiberian Sun Rising (mod for Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars )
  6. Star Wars Frontlines: The Galactic Civil War (mod for Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts )

2016

Editors' choice [14]
Players' choice – Mod of the Year [15]
  1. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Chernobyl (mod for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat )
  2. Enderal (mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim )
  3. Hearts of Iron IV: The Great War (mod for Hearts of Iron IV )
  4. Thrawn's Revenge: Imperial Civil War (mod for Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption )
  5. Brutal Doom 64 (mod for Doom II )
  6. Medieval Kingdoms Total War (Attila Version) (mod for Total War: Attila )
  7. Divide and Conquer (mod for Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms )
  8. Call of Warhammer: Beginning of The End Times (mod for Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms )
  9. RHS: Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (A3) (mod for ARMA 3 )
  10. Expanding Fronts (mod for Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds )
Players' choice – Best Upcoming Mod [16]
  1. Yuuzhan Vong at War (mod for Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption )
  2. Star Trek Infinities (mod for Stellaris )
  3. Galaxy at War: The Clone Wars (mod for Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption )
  4. Evolutions: Real Time Strategy Evolved (mod for Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars )
  5. Counter-Strike: Classic Offensive (mod for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive )

2015

Editors' choice [17]
Players' choice – Mod of the Year [18]
  1. Edain (mod for The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king )
  2. Rise of the Reds (mod for Command & Conquer: Generals: Zero Hour )
  3. Mental Omega APYR (mod for Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge )
  4. Ultimate Apocalypse (mod for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm )
  5. A Clash of Kings (Game of Thrones) (mod for Mount & Blade: Warband )
  6. Warsword Conquest (mod for Mount & Blade: Warband )
  7. Thrawn's Revenge: Imperial Civil War (mod for Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption )
  8. Fallout: Project Brazil (mod for Fallout: New Vegas )
  9. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Chernobyl (mod for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat )
  10. Portal Stories : Mel (mod for Portal 2 )
Players' choice – Best Upcoming Mod [19]
  1. Total War: Rise of Mordor (mod for Total War: Attila )
  2. Star Wars: Interregnum (mod for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion )
  3. Ray of Hope [Co-op & Online] (mod for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat )
  4. Gunslinger (mod for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat )
  5. Dawn of the Reapers (mod for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion )

2014

Editors' choice [20]
Player's choice [21]

2010

Editors' choice [22] [23]
Player's choice

2009

Editors' choice [24] [25] [26] [27]
Player's choice

2008

Editors' choice [28] [29]
Players' choice

2007

Editors' choice [30] [31] [32]

No specific categories were chosen. The Mod DB editors picked the 10 best mods, unranked.

Player's choice

2006

Editors' choice [33]
Player's Choice

IndieDB

Indie of the Year Awards

YearGameDeveloperRef.
2020 Hypercharge: Unboxed Digital Cybercherries [34]
2019 Ion Fury Voidpoint [35]
2018Sally FacePortable Moose [36]
2017 Foxhole Clapfoot [37]
2016 RimWorld Ludeon Studios [38]
2015 Space Engineers Keen Software House [39]
2014 Robocraft Freejam Games [40]
2013 Starbound Chucklefish [41]
2012 Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Torn Banner Studios [42]
2011 Terraria Re-Logic [43]
2010 Minecraft Mojang Studios [44]
2009 Natural Selection 2 Unknown Worlds Entertainment [45]
2008 Mount & Blade TaleWorlds Entertainment [46]

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