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Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia
Update - The numbers continue to grow for Rust. According to RPS, the Rust income is now at 55% of Garry's Mod's lifetime earnings.

Original Story - Owners of Garry Newman's popular Source Engine-powered physics sandbox, Garry's Mod, could have reasonably expected Newman's new venture, Rust, to have a modicum of success. But even Newman himself is shocked by the outrageous numbers that the new multiplayer survival game has done in the first month. According to Newman, Rust has already made 40% of Garry's Mod's lifetime income in only one short month.
Shacknews - Steve Watts

Garry's Mod creator Garry Newman is working on another game with a tinge of a creative bent, titled Rust. The multiplayer survival game pits you and your friends against the elements, including hunger, cold, and aggressive enemies.

PC Gamer reports that your activities include finding food to stay energized, making clothes to avoid freezing to death, and constructing shelter out of your own raw materials to protect you from monsters. In other words, it's got a little DayZ and a smattering of Minecraft. The game sports zombies right now, but Newman says those are placeholders and will be replaced by some other kind of NPC, eventually.

The official site has details of how to join the alpha, if you want to get in on the ground floor of this one. Chances are your simulated painful, difficult existence won't be nearly as hilarious as Garry's Mod.

Shacknews - John Keefer

Garry's Mod, the popular Source-engine-powered physics sandbox, has earned more than $22 million for creator Garry Newman and his team at Facepunch Studios, Newman told fans in a recent Q&A.

The mod continues growing, having just added Kinect-controlled characters in December.

"Hopefully, we’re gonna get the Linux version out," he said about future plans on his blog (via PC Gamer). "Then hopefully we'll move to SteamPipe, and I'll get the NextBot stuff hooked up. Then I want to do another Gamemode Contest. But I want to knock out a bunch of gamemode creating tutorials first to help people get their foot in the door."

If you haven't played with the latest version, you can grab v9.0.4 from the Shack file archive.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Source Engine-powered Garry's Mod is a robust physics sandbox, commonly used for putting silly faces on familiar Half-Life characters. And on Thursday, there will be a new way of interacting with it: Kinect.

Using a Kinect device and Kinect for Windows Runtime v1.6, you'll be able to use full-body character controls, join other players to take control of a ragdoll, and more. A video (via Joystiq) shows off some of the features in action.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

Source Engine sandbox Garry's Mod has an adorably wonkiness to it, with every toy and machinima made in it coming out looking, well, quite a bit creepy and wrong. This dis-ease will soon grow even greater, as a coming patch will introduce Kinect support to let players control characters' movements with their own bodies.

GMod creator Garry Newman detailed his experiments in a blog post, crowned with the glorious video you see below. Players will Kinect will step into the shoes of characters, horrifying expressions and all, to make them jump, dance, run, more creepily than ever before. To up the horror, when Kinect loses track of you, characters turn into simple ragdolls and flop to the ground.

It'll work with any Kinect plugged into a Windows PC, not just the special Windows Kinect, but not Mac. The update should launch this week or the next, Newman commented on Twitter.

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

Creating a physics sandbox seems to be one way to get video game riches. Garry's Mod, a popular "game" available on Steam, hit the one million sales mark over the weekend. Garry Newman, creator of the mod, described the accomplishment as "more than I could have ever expected or wished for!"

The milestone will be celebrated with a new update, Newman promises.

"I know this isn’t exactly Minecraft's 2.9 million," Newman says in the announcement post. Like Garry's Mod, Minecraft is a physics sandbox that has seen tremendous success while still in beta. "But this is a pretty big deal for me considering this all started off as a tiny tiny modification about 6 years ago."

Newman apparently was unprepared for million sales milestone, saying "I did plan to release a big secret update I’ve been working on when we hit 1mil. But it’s not ready â€" you guys beat me to it." Unfortunately, he did not elaborate on what that update will entail.

Garry's Mod is currently available for $9.99 on Steam.

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