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Counter-Strike: GOing at it 18 Years Strong

“Terrorists win.”

“Counter-Terrorists win.”

“Go go go!”

“Fire in the hole!”

“The hostage has been rescued.”

“The bomb has been planted.”

“The bomb has been defused.”

“3, 1”

“4, 2”

“Rush B”

“Bridge.”

“De_dust”

“Office”

To many, this may sound like a bunch of gibberish. But in the world of online gaming, these are the lingos that came from one of multiplayer’s greatest games.

In 1998, the PC world of gaming was introduced with a game that would become one of the most influential games of all time: Half-Life. Considered one of the most groundbreaking titles in gaming culture, Valve’s creation has raised the bar for gameplay, narration and character building that inspired even the most famous games of this generation. Combining elements of fast-paced first-person shooter that were drawn from the likes of Quake, Doom and Duke Nukem 3D plus scientific and even horrific storylines taken from such games as Resident Evil and Syndicate, Half-Life was a walk to remember for long time gamers around the world, known to be one of the greatest single-player games to ever exist.

With Gabe Newell’s successful project, the software for the game was then distributed as an opensource engine for other developers and small-time modders to try out.

In the span of 1999 to 2000, two games stood out that would become a new breed of multiplayer, cutting off from the deathmatch murder gibfest like Unreal; multiplayer games that would use strategy and cooperation in order to win the game: Team Fortress and Counter-Strike.

Counter-Strike was created by Minh Le, a modder from Simon Fraser University who made an earlier mod for Quake called Navy SEALs, in which he would apply most of its mechanics to his Half-Life mod, Counter-Strike. He then merged with Jess Cliff, a webmaster and developer who helped him in his previous Quake mod, Action Quake 1 and 2, and later came back to publish Counter-Strike. What happens next after the release of their FPS game would change the face of FPS multiplayer forever and go on to sell over more than 50 million units today.

In today’s article, we’ll be focusing on Counter-Strike’s growth and influence in the multiplayer market as well as its constant popularity on Twitch as well as its local CS celebrities.

On November of 2000, video gaming was introduced with extreme competitive gameplay that tested the wits and reactions of players—a game where the elites are segregated from the noobs. A shooter that does not count on pray-and-spray while bunny hopping and sprinting but rather rewards the patient, the tactical and the one that shoots in burst on long range. Counter-Strike was definitely the game that brought competitive multiplayer to life.

It is very amusing how even 18 years after its release, people have never gotten tired of it. Lots of players have moved on from RTS or Real-Time Strategy, arena shooters and deathmatch galore. But in the case of CS, after 10 versions of it, the world within it has never become a dull moment.

A game that introduced recoil, footsteps, marked targets on loud enemies on the radar and specifically named areas in a map, Counter-Strike is the very bread and butter of multiplayer. For a very long time, CS was the reigning game when it comes to most active users daily and monthly in multiplayer games, until the rise of CoD4 and the existence of mainstream MOBA, League of Legends and DotA 2.

What made CS stand out perhaps is the never-ending supply of intense match-ups, fast rounds, and countless strategies that you can do on a certain map.

Because of the skill dependency, it was no surprise that CS has become the trademark FPS for eSports. ESL was established in the year 2000, but the hosting of Counter-Strike happened in 2006, with CS: Source being the benchmark.

Of course, with the launch of Twitch in 2011, it was no surprise to see CS: Source being a staple in the channel. With the launch of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2012, CSGO was undoubtedly one of the most watched and sought-after video games to be spectated on the website.

It is because of the high learning curve and unending ways of mastering the game that viewers just had to find out how to get better in the game by taking notes from the hardened veterans and professionals of the game. Summit1G, AnomalyXd, GODaZeD, ceh9, JASONR and Shroud are one of those examples. While Summit1G and AnomalyXd may not be pro players, they are indeed entertaining streamers for the game while learning from their games at the same time. The latter 3 that I mentioned are professionals of the game that many players always keep an eye out and imitate their exact moves and listen to their advice when it comes to do’s and don’ts of CS.

CSGO may not fall under the top 3 games in Twitch (unless there is a live pro event), but it is constantly under one of the most watched games in the live stream site. Exciting, fun, and lots of “OH SHIT” moments make Counter-Strike GO as a beloved game in the multiplayer world.