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Missing Source Textures

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About

Missing Source Textures refer to the default checkered pink-and-black textures replacing normal textures in video games based on the Source game engine. Usually a result of Counter-Strike: Source not being installed on a computer, in 2018 the textures saw a surge in popularity as a recurring theme in various memes.

Origin

On November 1st, 2004, team FPS game Counter Strike: Source by Valve was released for PC[1]. The FPS was the first game to use Valve's new Source game engine featuring advanced physics and facial animations.

On December 24th, 2004, Facepunch Studios released Garry's Mod[2], a sandbox physics game mod for Half-Life 2 based on the Source Engine. The game relied heavily on assets from Valve Source games, including Counter Strike: Source. As a result, if a player did not have Counter Strike: Source installed on their computer, some of the textures in the game were replaced with default checkered pink-and-black textures. The same applied to any missing textures in other games based on the Source engine, including Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead. Additionally, missing 3D models were replaced by red 3D "Error" messages.


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Spread

A well-recognized element of many Source games, the pink-and-black textures have been a popular trope in jokes inside the gaming community, with earliest examples dating back to at least 2015. On April 22nd, 2015, Redditor[3] C_hase posted a joke based on the trope to /r/Minecraft subreddit (shown below, center). The post gained over 3,300 upvotes in six months. On August 2nd, 2015, an anonymous Quickmeme[4] user posted another meme based on the joke, which gained over 9,200 shares in three years (shown below, right).


soupinyomouf said You ever thought about dying your mane? MY SHOES ARE MISSING I think I forgot to install Counter Strike! 1

In 2018, memes referencing the pink-and-black textures saw a surge in popularity, with notable examples appearing on Twitter[5], Instagram[6] and ironic subreddits such as /r/okbuddyretard[7] and /r/comedynecromancy[8].

Various Examples


it buy counter strike PEETA INSTALL COUNTER STRIKE SOURCE aas NO BICHI I need tonstall Counter Strike Source!
COOL NEW HAT I JUST BOUGHT? @gooble.shnubgok OH NO IT'S MISSING ITS TEXTURES OH GOD 0H FUCI Drake, where's counter strike source? BOOKS oF ADANM ADAM ELLI5 LETS GO A BIT SHORTER ON ToP LETS ADD GOME TEXTURE OK SURE PLEASE No No W No No

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External References

[1] Steam – Counter-Strike: Source

[2] Rock Paper Shotgun – A Brief History Of Garry's Mod: Count To Ten

[3] Reddit – I think I forgot to install Counter Strike!

[4] Quickmeme – Gmod Problems

[5] Twitter – @JustFlandre's Post

[6] Instagram – gooble.shnubgok's Post (page unavailable)

[7] Reddit – Ok tard

[8] Reddit – shit

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