PSA: Popular Garry’s Mod Addons Changed to Include Porn Scares

Sometime after June 2nd, the widely used “GlueLibrary” add-on for Garry’s mod was changed so that when you make your first entry when loading into a map, the game will play noises at full volume and present a “goat ” in full screen. the infamous 2000s shock image of an anonymous man’s open anus. For God’s sake, don’t try to look for images in a new tab, it’s really disturbing.

This story first caught our attention through the content creator ThafNine (opens in new tab) on Twitter, warning players that the mod’s creator “lost his mind” and inserted surprise into all of his add-ons. The gmod subreddit is also abuzz about the creator’s misconduct. What makes the problem so thorny is that GlueLibrary is the basis of other add-ons, and later works also got infected.

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Furthermore, it seems that one, Yup,Trollface Playermodel (opens in new tab)” add-on received similar but separate treatment, with the game displaying different explicit images and loud audio of cursing in the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, who is everyone’s friend and would never say such things. Additionally, other The Trollface mod also appears to be infected with a similar but less disturbing prank that hijacks parts of the UI with a chibi anime catgirl (opens in new tab). Try saying that last sentence to someone you love.

even_more_images_with_the_recent_virus_source from r/gmod

The assumption by many players is that the creators were hacked, but the text in the .lua files of the GlueLibrary addons seems to indicate that this was a deliberate prank, with the files containing a message cursing Gabe Newell, gmod creator Garry Newman, and steamworks not identified moderators. My best guess would be that the Trollface mods situation is a rip-off prank in response to GlueLibrary.

This topic from User Spacy =WL= (opens in new tab) on Steam describes how to check if your game is affected, as well as a discussion of how to clean the installation. At a glance, if you used the View Extension, Action Extension, or Ambient Occlusion add-ons for Garry’s Mod, you might want to do a complete reinstall of the game. The Spacy thread also contains links to clean resubmissions of some of the affected projects.

For my money though, the sheer amount of imitation pranks tells me it might be safer to play Garry’s Mod without add-ons for a while, at least until this wave of problems subsides or is resolved.

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