Back in 2003, GameSpy awarded Desert Combat the PC Modification of the Year, boasting that it actually upstaged its parent game, Battlefield 1942, by adding modern tools of warfare like choppers, jets, and Humvees. A year prior to that, FilePlanet readers nominated Desert Combat as the Best New Mod of 2002, propelling it above other popular mods like Half-Life's Natural Selection, Thievery from Unreal Tournament, and even Earth's Special Forces from Half-Life.
The mod was created by Frank Delise, Brian Holinka, and Tim Brophy (Trauma Studios), and was set in Iraq during the first Gulf War. In addition to the new vehicles, the mod brought weapons, new Conquest maps, and new Capture the Flag maps. Due to the mod's popularity, Digital Illusions CE (DICE) swooped in and bought Trauma Studios to help work on Battlefield 2. However, before the game was released, DICE decided to dump Trauma Studios and ignore the $200,000 outstanding funds from its original deal with the studio.
The Trauma Studios team went on to become THQ's Kaos Studios and saw the release of its first game, Frontlines: Fuel of War, in 2008.