Garry’s Mod and the Mini-golf Masters

So, I’ve played plenty and plenty of video games. My steam profile says that my most played game ever is Counter Strike: Global Offensive. I don’t know if that is truly my most played game of all time because I don’t know my game times from my console play

(If we counted console play it might be that Far Cry 2 or Fallout New Vegas or Oblivion would shine as top dogs (even more possible, Call of Duty: Black Ops could also be in the running))

I have also dumped a considerable amount of time in RuneScape so it’s possible that it has the most Maxwell Hours (totally legit units) dumped into it.

My most played game on Steam or in life is not important to this story though. What is more important is what Steam considers to be my second most played game of all time, Garry’s Mod, or what everyone else in the biz calls it, Gmod.

Garry’s Mod is a game where… well… there isn’t inherently a game in it. All it is is a Source engine sandbox. Much like Minecraft you can get in a server or play alone and all you can do is spawn in objects or move them around and interact with them.

There is no story.

There is no objective (inherently).

There is no end to what can be done in it.

And so, once more like Minecraft, people made servers with mods and plugins, and got different game modes to work.

Of the popular ones are:

DarkRP- I don’t have much experience with this, so I won’t say much for it. I just know there are tons of great stories on the internet about it.

Murder – One person has a knife and wants to murder everyone. One person has a gun and wants to kill the murderer. Everybody else just tries to stay alive and collect pieces around the map to obtain more guns. It’s a super fun game and no matter the role is worthwhile.

Prop Hunt – The objective is simple, there are a team of props and a team of seekers. The props hide as garbage around a map while the seekers try to find an eliminate them. It was simple and it was fun, but it never felt satisfying to hide in plain sight, or to hide in general. Overall I didn’t sink that much time into this game mode (but I did watch a bunch of YouTube videos of people playing it that I thought was hilarious).

Trouble in Terrorist Town – I have a love-hate relationship with TTT. First, the premise is much the same as Murder. There are a couple of traitors who are trying to kill everyone. There are a couple of detectives with some abilities to scope out traitors. Everyone else is trying to kill the traitors and defend themselves. It’s a fun and if everyone plays the game as intended it can make some really interesting gameplay.

The problem with TTT is there are a lot of people who play the game and just start shooting people. They might not be a traitor, but they will still kill people who are innocent. This fundamentally breaks the game. So what a lot of servers do is enforce a strict set of rules to stop people from griefing (the term for doing not good things in general, basically).

Problems arise with these rule sets though. I’ve played tens of hours on servers where the game wasn’t Trouble in Terrorist Town, but rather Lawbreaking in Lawyer Land. People will report players for anything, assuming they are breaking the rule. Then the people who get reported more than likely get banned.

One fundamental rule is that you can’t shoot someone until you see them commit a “traitorous act” (See article V subsection 4). This is reasonable as a rule until you realize that traitors can’t tell if you saw them commit a traitorous act. I have seen so so so so so many cases of traitors getting people banned because they thought that they were killed on a whim and not because they saw the traitor commit a crime.

When I play a multiplayer game, I don’t think of fun as constantly checking a rule book to see if I can get someone banned

And finally the best server that ever was.

Gmod Tower. There are a couple of servers still on Gmod that are like this beauty, but nothing that comes close.

Gmod Tower was a game mode where you had an avatar and an apartment.

You could watch YouTube with random internet strangers. You could play chess and trivia with random internet strangers. You could deck out your apartment. You could get a watermelon pet that rolls behind you and emotes all of the time. You could gamble in the casino. You could play a variety of mini-games that would net you money to buy stuff for your apartment.

Best of all, the mini-games were all very, very good. And the best of the mini-games was mini-golf.

I love mini-golf. In real life. As a video game. As a game within a video game. As a mini-game within a game. As a mini-game inside of a game mode of a video game. All forms of mini-golf are great.

And I wasn’t the only one who thought this. Gmod Tower mini-golf was very well made. It was fair. It was fun. It had the right amount of challenge.

And the best part was it was filled with a lobby of full of people who were all very passionate about this mini-game and being the best at it.

Do you know how absurd that is? Think about it. This wasn’t your regular group of zealous mini-golf enthusiasts. This was a group of people who logged into a video game to log into a specific server to play one specific game mode on that server. And that was all they did. And I was one of them.

I don’t have any regrets playing Gmod Tower mini-golf. Hearing random people scream on the internet about mini-golf filled my heart with absolute joy. Hearing people brag, and cry, and laugh, and blast their mics with hip hop music, and play low quality static-filled meme sound bites all to the sound of relaxing mini-golf is easily one of the funniest experiences of my entire life.

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