Mod DB

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Mod Database
Mod DB logo.png
Web address ModDB.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site game modifications, indie games
Registration Free
Owner DBolical Pty Ltd.
Created by Scott "INtense!" Reismanis
Launched June 2002
Alexa rank negative increase 6,778 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active

Mod Database, or Mod DB, is a website that focuses on general video game modding. It was founded in 2002 by Scott "INtense!" Reismanis.[2] As of January 2014, the Mod DB site has received over 604 million views, has nearly 11,000 modifications registered,[3] and has hosted more than 108 million downloads.[4] A spin-off website, Indie DB, was launched in 2010 and focuses on indie games and news.

Purpose[edit]

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[edit]

The history of Mod DB begins after Scott Reismanis' former website "The ModRealm" was closed. Reismanis, who coded the site engine himself, quickly started another project — a website which would cover all of the mod-related subjects. After months of development, Mod DB version 1.0 was released in June 2002, quickly gaining 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[edit]

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.

2010[edit]

Editors' choice[7][8]
Player's choice

2009[edit]

Editors' choice[9][10][11][12]
Player's choice

2008[edit]

Editors' choice[13][14]
Players' choice

2007[edit]

Editors' choice[15][16][17]

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

Player's choice

2006[edit]

Editors' choice[18]
Player's Choice

2005[edit]

2004[edit]

2003[edit]

2002[edit]

IndieDB[edit]

Award: Indie Game of the Year[edit]

2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moddb.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Mod DB. DBolical Pty Ltd. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  3. ^ http://www.moddb.com/mods Accessed 2014-01-18
  4. ^ http://www.moddb.com/downloads Accessed 2014-01-18
  5. ^ [1], accessed 27 Dec 2010
  6. ^ "Hyper Violent School Shooter Mod Yanked From Mod Hosting Site". Kotaku. 
  7. ^ "2010 Mod of the Year Awards - Winners". Mod DB. DBolical Pty Ltd. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  8. ^ "ModDb Player’s Choice Mod of The Year Announced". GameFront. 27 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "2009 Mod of the Year Awards - Winners". Mod DB. DBolical Pty Ltd. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  10. ^ "BF2-Based Project Reality Wins Mod DB's Mod Of The Year". Gamasutra. March 2, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Vote For Mod DB’s Mod Of The Year Awards". Kotaku. March 3, 2009. 
  12. ^ "2009 Mod Of The Year Award Winners Announced". G4. February 8, 2010. 
  13. ^ "2008 Mod of the Year Winners". Mod DB. DBolical Pty Ltd. 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  14. ^ "And The Mod Of The Year Award Winners Are…". Kotaku. 2009-03-02. 
  15. ^ "2007 Mod of the Year Winners". Mod DB. DBolical Pty Ltd. 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  16. ^ "Vote for Mods of the Year 2007". GameFront. 8 January 2008. 
  17. ^ "AMD and NVous PC™ join the growing sponsor list for the 6th Annual MOTY". MCV. 8 January 2008. 
  18. ^ "2006 Mod of the Year Winners". Mod DB. DBolical Pty Ltd. 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  19. ^ "Indie of The Year 2013 feature - Indie DB". 
  20. ^ "2012-indie-of-the-year-awards". 
  21. ^ "2011-indie-of-the-year-awards". 
  22. ^ "Indie of the Year 2010 Players Choice - Indie of the Year". 
  23. ^ "View 2009's best Indie Games, as picked by you the players.". 
  24. ^ "2008 Indie Game of the Year Winners". 

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