Happy New Year – The 2008 Review

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This last year was the most prosperous year in terms of how many mods we got as we set a record of 586 (37.8% of the site’s total) mods uploaded (283 K1 mods – 303 TSL mods). This put the site’s total at 1551.

Of those mods uploaded: Shem reviewed 297 (50.7%) Emperor Devon reviewed 92 (15.7%) Darth InSidious reviewed 74 (12.6%) JCarter426 reviewed 60 (10.2%) Jonathan7 reviewed 52 (8.9%) Allronix reviewed 11 (1.9%) *Percentage of how much the reviewer did of the 586 mods that were uploaded here.

Here is the progress by month review: January: 66 (K1 37, TSL 23) February: 59 (43 K1, 16 TSL) March: 60 (34 K1, 26 TSL) April: 56 (23 K1, 33 TSL) May: 60 (27 K1, 33 TSL) June: 49 (23 K1, 26 TSL) July: 47 (21 K1, 26 TSL) August: 59 (22 K1, 37 TSL) September: 38 (14 K1, 24 TSL) October 31: (14 K1, 17 TSL) November: 19 (8 K1, 11 TSL) December: 42 (17 K1, 25 TSL)

Total: 586 (283 K1, 303 TSL)

Here are the top 25 downloads on this site as of the end of 2008 per game:

Knights of the Old Republic (K1): 1. Brotherhood of Shadow – 28,330 2. Darth Revan's Robes – 24,575 3. KOTOR Patch (KOTOR) – 24,407 4. Weapons of the Old Republic – 21,793 5. Super Skip Taris – 21,358 6. Bastila Romance Enhancement – 14,369 7. Bastila & Female Revan (Untold Love Story) – 13,237 8. Feat Progression for K1 – 13,026 9. Brotherhood of Shadow (1.07 Patch) – 12,501 10. Force Powers Feat Gain for KOTOR – 11,200 11. Star Forge Revan's Robes – 10,780 12. Movie Style Replacement Lightsaber Hilts – 10,618 13. Multi Kill & Multi Plague – 9,961 14. Juhani Romance Mod – 9,289 15. Revan's Items – 9,157 16. Bastila Improvement Project – 8,888 17. Enhanced Merchants for K1 – 8,790 18. Bastila's Revelation Robes – 8,102 19. Character Re-Skin Pack (2.0) – 8,017 20. Male Head Pack – 7,765 21. Juhani - Total Makeover – 7,656 22. Force Destruction – 7,576 23. Movie Character Jedi Robes – 7,150 24. Prequel Sabers (2.0) – 7,059 25. New Underwear – 6,773

Knights of the Old Republic II (TSL): 1. KOTOR and TSL Save Game Editor (English Language) (3.3.3) – 78,186 2. Coruscant - Jedi Temple – 56,063 3. KOTOR and TSL Save Game Editor (English Language) (3.3.2) – 55,318 4. TSL Patch (U.S. Version) (1.0b) – 54,599 5. Skip Peragus – 43,535 6. High Level Force Powers (2.0) – 40,744 7. Ultimate Saber Mod – 39,072 8. Slender Body for Females – 36,771 9. High Level Force Powers (2.1 update) – 28,126 10. Ultimate Sound Mod for Both KOTOR & TSL – 25,622 11. HK Factory Reconstructed – 20,406 12. Movies Update Patch (Part 1) – 17,724 13. Ebon Hawk Cargo Mod – 15,578 14. M4-78 – 15,231 15. Feat Progression for TSL – 14,880 16. Music Update Patch – 14,520 17. Handmaiden Choice for Females – 14,480 18. TSL Windows Vista Fix – 14,302 19. Build a Lightsaber – 14,263 20. Movies Update Patch – 13,140 21. Sith Assassins - With Lightsabers – 12,768 22. Revan's Robes (K2) – 12,696 23. Three New Force Crushes – 12,594 24. Final Touch – 12,449 25. Get Your Lightsaber Back from Atris – 12,189

This year was an unfortunate year in terms of amounts of plagiarism attempts. I suppose with growth comes more and more dishonest people who think they can get one past us. It has happened where we didn’t even find out until the next month or the next year. Last year when I did this report, I reported that we uploaded 505 mods in 2007. If I did the 2007 report again, it would be 504 since we did have to go back and delete a mod where plagiarism occurred. The sad part was that mod was up on this site for over a year when it was deleted from our system. I bring this up because you need to know that plagiarism never expires and if you’re caught, even a year later, you will still serve ban time starting from the point when we found out and you’re looking around six months or more from the site if you are caught, depending on how long the mod was on our site and what you tried to attempt. Basically the longer it takes for us to figure it out, the longer your ban is going to be.

I would have thought that after the Darth Balor incident that it have put somewhat of a stop to it, but it only increased from there. I guess it’s like all those messages out there not to drive drunk or you’ll be arrested and lose your driver’s license, but people still do it anyway thinking they’re not going to get caught or whatever their motivation is.

This year saw some changes to the staff. While I completed another year as the site’s manager, we saw Darth InSidious and Jonathan7 join our staff. We saw JCarter426 join and resign while we saw the retirements of Emperor Devon and Allronix.

We did have an excellent start to the year and declined at the end of the year. This was the opposite from 2007, where we started off slow and ended very strong. We hit 1,000 mods this year and we also hit the two million (on May 4) and three million (on December 14) download marks in 2008. Overall it was a wonderful year here.

May the year 2009, be a prosperous year again for KotorFiles!

-Shem

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