Garry's Mod

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Garry's Mod
Garry's Mod logo
Developer(s) Facepunch Studios
Publisher(s) Valve Corporation
Designer(s) Garry Newman
Engine Source
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) December 24, 2004
Genre(s) Nonlinear, sandbox, physics game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution Digital distribution[1]

Garry's Mod (often abbreviated as GMOD) is a sandbox physics game using a modified Source engine, created by Garry Newman. Garry's Mod was originally a mod for Valve's Half-Life 2, but was later made into a standalone game. It is available for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux.[1]


Although Garry's Mod is listed as a full game, it has no objectives and instead gives the player a sandbox to manipulate items free of restrictions, although some multiplayer servers use role-play or other game modes created by players. Garry's Mod allows players to manipulate items, furniture and "props" – various objects that players can place in-game. Props can be selected from any installed Source engine game or from a community created collection. The game features two "guns", the Physics Gun and Tool Gun, for manipulating objects. The Physics Gun allows objects to be picked up, adjusted, and frozen in place. The Tool Gun is a multi-purpose tool for performing various tasks, such as combining props, attaching them via ropes, and creating controllable winches and wheels. The Tool Gun is also used to control add-ons created by the community.

Another popular Garry's Mod concept is rag-doll posing. The player can instantiate a rag-doll model from a Source game and pose it using a variety of tools.[3] This is a popular tool for making fan-made videos and machinimas.

Garry's Mod takes advantage of the Source engine's modified version of the Havok Physics Engine,[4] which allows players to build contraptions that follow the laws of physics.

User-created content[edit]

Different models, skins, scripted weapons (SWEPs) and maps can be added to the game. Multiplayer game servers will automatically attempt to send any custom content to the client when they connect.[5]

Fretta contest[edit]

In winter 2009/2010, a contest was held for Garry's Mod by the game's developers to create the best new game mode using a programming framework called "Fretta".[6] Fretta, Italian for "hurry", allows developers to quickly and easily create new game modes for Garry's Mod with commonly required functionality already implemented so the developers can focus on unique aspects of their game modes. Fretta was inspired by a similar fan-created framework "Rambo_6's Simple Gamemode Base". However, for inclusion in Garry's Mod, Newman decided to rewrite it with input and contributions from the original author and other developers.[7] The winners of the contest range from a recreation of the Mafia party game to an aerial combat game mode.[8] The contest winners have been included in Garry's Mod with their own Steam Achievements.[9]

Three of the winning games have been shipped, Trouble in Terrorist Town, Dogfight Arcade Assault, and Prop Hunt.[10]


On September 7, 2010, Newman added a feature called the "Toybox" to Garry's Mod.[11] It utilized the Amazon S3 service to download third party content, such as weapons, props, maps or models, directly to the users' machine while in game. In an interview with GMod news, Newman said that "One of GMod's biggest draws is the amount of third party content. I want to make it easier for people to utilize that. I really want to move away from having to download files from websites and drag them to folders, that's old school. So that's what I’m heading towards. Maps, models, saved games etc., all saved on the cloud and accessible with a click. Everything should be accessible from in-game. If it isn't, I've failed."[12]

The Toybox was shortly removed, and has been replaced with the Steam Workshop in versions 13 and up. As of May 2014 there are now over 300,000 mods on the Steam Workshop for Garry's Mod and counting.[13]


Garry's Mod has been available on Valve's content delivery service Steam since November 29, 2006.[1] In the past, purchasing Garry's Mod required the user to own at least one game on Steam based on the Source engine, such as Valve's Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Portal, or Team Fortress 2,[1] however as of May 2014 the game can be purchased by itself on Steam. It is also commonly used for the creation and publishing of videos[14][15] on YouTube, mainly from Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2, Portal, Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. Garry's Mod was originally a modification for Half-Life 2, but was later made into a standalone Steam game that was officially released on November 29, 2006 dubbed Garry's Mod 10. The current version, Garry's Mod 14.04.04, was released on April 4, 2014. In February 2014 it was revealed on Twitter by Newman that the game had "just broke" US$ 30 million.[16] As of November 2013 the game has sold 3.5 million copies.[17] As of September 2014 the game has sold 6 million copies.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Garry's Mod". Steam. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  2. ^ "Garrys Mod 13 Release". Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Rag-doll Posing – GMod Wiki". Retrieved 2010-05-05. [dead link]
  4. ^ "List of Available Games". Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Garry's Mod Lua Wiki – Resource.AddFile". Team Garry. October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-05. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Garry’s Mod – Fretta Game mode Contest". Retrieved 2010-06-06. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Fretta Gamemode Base". Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  8. ^ "Fretta Contest Winners (2)". Retrieved 2010-06-06. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Fretta Contest Winners". Retrieved 2010-06-06. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Two of the game modes are being shipped.". Retrieved 2010-08-03. [dead link]
  11. ^ "History of Garry’s Mod". Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  12. ^ "Interview with Garry Newman – Information about the future of ToyBox, GMod and more". Retrieved 2010-09-17. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Steam Workshop". Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  14. ^ "Garrys Mod on youtube". Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  15. ^ "Garrys Mod". ModDB. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  16. ^ Newman, Garry (21 February 2014). "Just broke". Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  17. ^ Smith, Graham (25 November 2013). "Garry On Garry’s Mod’s Endlessly Rising Sales Figures". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  18. ^ Prescott, Shaun (12 September 2014). "Garry's Mod has sold 6 million copies". PC Gamer. Future plc. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 

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