Monday, March 2, 2009

Portal: Prelude wins third place at ModDB's MoTY

Posted by Nicolas (permalink)

Ok, that's right, it's a kind of big surprise. After 114,000 votes, Portal: Prelude didn't win the ModDB's Mod of the Year Awards, but made it to the third place! Surprinsigly enough, we also managed to beat the most acclaimed mods of 2008, including nearly every mod that got into Steam during the year.

  1. Project Reality (Battlefield 2)
  2. Zombie Panic: Source (Half-Life 2)
  3. Portal: Prelude (Portal)
  4. First Strike (Battlefield 2142)
  5. Zombie Master (Half-Life 2)
  6. Pirates, Vikings and Knights 2 (Half-Life 2)
  7. Eternal Silence (Half-Life 2)
  8. Age of Chivalry (Half-Life 2)
  9. Stargate Empire at War (Starwars Empire at War)
  10. Half-Life 2: Wars (Half-Life 2)

I must say that I'm really happy with the results, it's kind of the best place ever for a little mod like ours that grew up rapidly from nowhere with a really small team but a really big motivation. It wouldn't have been fair to finish first or second regarding the amount of work and devotion put into some of the mods out there. Some of them who recreate everything from scratch and build something during years with sometimes hundreds of people. That's why I'm happy to be third!

I must say that our little team is quite proud of this result! After all, it proves that even if we crossed a terrific jungle of insults, harsh criticism and mockery, we managed to please the people at which this mod was first aimed: all-time Portal fans, hardcore challenge-looking players and a few of them who thought Portal: Prelude was cool enough to buy Portal once and for all (no joke here, I could cite you some e-mails I received).

Thanks to all our fans, to all the people who helped us and tried to help us in any way (e-mails, voices, forums, scores, bugfix, etc.), and thanks to all the people who sent us feedback via e-mails, comments, discussion boards or our forums. Thanks for the hundreds (maybe thousands) of e-mails to tell us your experience, your disappointements and your best moments. We couldn't reply to everyone (even if I tried to reply to at least 70-80% of them), but I can assure you we read everything.

Check the "meet the team" page to see all the people who really helped us.

14 comment(s)


 March 2, 2009 8:12 PM, Anonymous Sarda said :
Congratulations! 3rd place! That's enough to get the Torque Game Engine License, I believe, although it may or may not be useful to you depending on whether you're planning another mod/game. Now, we just need to wait for fileplanet's awards.

 March 2, 2009 8:58 PM, Blogger Mr.Yeah said :
I'm so happy for you. Third place. Awesome!
It's interesting how much Source mods was in the competition this time.
@Sarda: Are you sure? Only the winning and runner up teams (as far as I know 2nd place) won prices.

 March 2, 2009 9:01 PM, Blogger jack_wade said :
Congratulations! Guys, you deserve it!

 March 2, 2009 9:36 PM, Blogger Nicolas said :
Seriously, we wouldn't know what to do with a game engine license. I hope it will go to someone that would need it rather than us. But I believe I could still give it away to some other team.

Thanks to everyone.

 March 2, 2009 10:30 PM, Blogger AnimaguS said :
Wow guys,i really happy for you ^__^

 March 3, 2009 12:12 AM, Anonymous Sarda said :
@Mr. Yeah:
Ah. I read that wrong, then. Still, it's enough to get a PDF of some magazines, and possibly something else I missed.

Still, this is quite the achievement, especially for a mod that's attracted so many of those that hate everything shiny. I think I'm going to play through P:P and then Portal again this week.

 March 3, 2009 1:36 AM, Blogger Gamer_Z. said :
Congratulations! Prelude is really a great mod. You really deserved it (well, actually you deserved first place).

 March 3, 2009 4:45 PM, Blogger DZJB said :

Well deserved in my opinion. Must be an awesome feeling knowing that your mod is amongst the best of this year!


 March 3, 2009 5:23 PM, Blogger Nicolas said :
Indeed, it's a good feeling.
That's not what we were trying to achieve, but it's still good to add to our collection :D

 March 4, 2009 11:15 AM, Anonymous phlebiac said :
Congratulations, well deserved!!!

(proud owner of portal us retail)

 March 4, 2009 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
Somehow I knew your mod would make it to the top. I don't know why, just a feeling.
Hope you'll keep on updating it and again, brilliant job!

 March 5, 2009 1:25 PM, Anonymous fasik said :
Gj guyz! But i think you deserve the 1st place =)
Congrats, anyway

 May 6, 2009 3:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said :
wow most of it are mods for valve games oh and congrats

 June 8, 2009 10:37 AM, Anonymous fartemon said :
Congrats, guys, you deserve it, hell yeah!

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