Escape From Mount Stupid: Counter-Strike

With Counter-Strike: Global Offensive coming out later this year, we decided to take a detailed look at one of the most popular online shooters ever made. Lock and load.

When we published the Half-Life episode at the start of season two, I was genuinely shocked by how many comments there were from people who had never played either game in the series. I imagined a lot of folks would have been too young to play the first game (in fairness I almost was), but it felt like only a few years since Half-Life 2 came out. I hadn't considered that seven years ago, today's 18-year-old gamers were only 11.

Being a mod of Half-Life, Counter-Strike has a similar release history, and since it's an online-only game with a fairly high skill barrier to entry, I can only imagine a lot more people have never played it. Even so, its impression on multiplayer gaming cannot be understated. It was once the premier online first-person shooter in both amateur and professional circles, and though the genre has changed since its rebirth in 2004, it's still among the highest-regarded competitive games ever made.

I've always been a massive fan of the series, spending weekday evenings locked away trying to nail headshots on a 56K modem. My friends and I even made this horrifically low-budget Counter-Strike movie using a handycam and a bunch of cheap army store gear. During college I'd spend countless hours of studying time playing Counter-Strike: Source with my classmates, and even now, after a long day's editing, I frequently boot up Steam on my office Mac and work on my kill/death ratio.

Counter-Strike's history hasn't been smooth for Valve, though, with a sequel that split the community and relaunches that never saw the light of day. With many complaining of stagnation in the online shooter genre, and Valve eyeing up the world of e-sports, this year's sequel Global Offensive really will be hit or miss. In any case, I hope this episode encourages a few rookies to spawn in this week, and perhaps some returning veterans too.

glhf

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260 comments
gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

The only game of that time which could compete against CS was Unreal Tournament.Damn I loved the rocket launcher.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

for those who missed playing CS i suggest that you try CS:GO.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

1.3 was best version.....1.6 was garbage

oldbluekid
oldbluekid

Many of you may not know but CS 1.6 may be to this day THE MOST PLAYED ONLINE FPS on PC.

http://store.steampowered.com/stats/

Steam of course doesn't count the COUNTLESS players around the world who use the NO-STEAM (pirated) version of the game.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

What does talking about a popular game have to do with "Mount Stupid?" Seriously, Gamespot, can this guy and his show. This place isn't G4. Oh how I miss the days before Gerstmanngate.

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

I've played a lot of CS back in the day, when I started using Steam again I also bought Source and had a great time with it. I don't consider myself a fan of first-person shooters but I'm actually hyped for this new CS, I wanna see how it turns out to be.

sharpshooter188
sharpshooter188

Sigh. My early 20s was when cs source was around and 1.6. The game just felt good. Plus I did really enjoy the kind of straight forward round modes. Even with Call of Duties Search and Destroy. It just simply does not capture the same feeling. The fact that when you took down 3-4 guys in the first round gave you a key advantage money wise, was just awesome. Fail and you get mp5s or body armor. Win and you may even be able to afford an assault rifle by the second round.

Red_Jester
Red_Jester

The best thing about 1.6 is how different every gun is. In Source, they improved some underpowered weapons, but they also made a lot of the weapons pretty much spray-friendly. It completely ruins GunGame for Source because you may as well just be using the same gun the entire time until you move to shotguns or sniper rifles.

trollkind
trollkind

I was a TacOps kinda guy but that was probably because most of my FPS time was spent on Unreal Tournament back in the days. Might have indeed been worth a mention.

terriblefood
terriblefood

Don't forget the CS clones, Tactical Ops for Unreal Tournament and Urban something something for Q3A! And then there was Soldier of Fortune 2, which was essentially one big CS clone, but with a CTF game mode... Oh, those were the days.

jhonel83
jhonel83

I played cs like a madman. Then some kids start using wallhacks and all the experience got ruined. After that, even if someone got a nice clean shot on you, you can't help but wondering if they were cheating or not. That totally ruined the game and I eventually quit. I agree, dough, it was a revolutionary game

robertcain
robertcain

Counter Strike is a very popular game though I never really got into it as much as Team Fortress 2. It just ends up feeling like a continuous and repetitive match of search and destroy with custom weapons and equipment No matter how the final game ends up, I'm hoping Valve begins developing HL2 Episode 3 as soon as they can...

Roots_Of_Rhythm
Roots_Of_Rhythm

Not mentioned in this video: The CS community's treatment of new players. I never got into CS. I was too busy with Tribes and Unreal. I made a few tentative forays into the game but kept getting discouraged by people that were much better than me and had no patience for nooblords like myself. I don't hold a grudge or anything...I just think it might've been worth mentioning considering this tends to be a pretty common experience.

_Judas_
_Judas_

Ah, I do remember the earliest days of Counter-Strike when the game only utilized left-handed weapon models. Hmm, was it 1.4 ? I don't remember. And all the crazy skins and models for downloading -what a great and thriving community the CS-modding community was/is. I was decent at the game in the days of yore... hmm, a shame I didn't enter any tournaments to play and win gash.

hoppie
hoppie

Great video series, also, Danny you're hilarious. KUTGW. Good luck with the whole Ireland economy thing too.

more_than_man
more_than_man

i used to go to this internet Cafe,and play all night long CS:S in LAN mode,i really miss those days;doesn't matter if it raining or if there's an Earth quack,u can always find me there playing CS:S good old days,most of COD douche-bags won't even know what they have missed.

brunorr
brunorr

CS is proof that hardcore games have a market, unlike what most execs in the gaming business think. And what a market.

wavelength121
wavelength121

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LiqMD
LiqMD

CS ruled my life in highschool . . . Well CS and EQ. This is the exact reason why I DIE LAUGHING when fanboys say Halo changed the way we play FPS games . . . No, it was CS.

blacksaibot
blacksaibot

Yeah CS was so great until everyone, and I mean EVERYONE started hacking.

GriffinBalls
GriffinBalls

LOL, Danny, loved your CS movie on youtube

swinehouse
swinehouse

Hardly ever played CounterStrike, but I know how good it is. Religion, though, is a topic ripe for Mount Stupid's particular brand of parody. Crucifixelicious lmao

nyran125
nyran125

i still play Counter strike every day.

nyran125
nyran125

might have to repeat how amazing this game is.

nyran125
nyran125

god i love counter strike....

frostdude
frostdude

dust 2!!!!!!!!!! :PPP~~ m4a1 with silencer.. pew pew pew!!

nord1c
nord1c

Great Clip. Started playing CS in 1999, it would be great to finally have a shooter that is modern and equally fun to play. "Gash"... what a wonderful name for coin - maybe one of the most traditional currencies in the world.^^

Zebal
Zebal

Can we haz an EFMS on the evolution of the boss battle? Pretty plox? :D

Gamerboy006
Gamerboy006

*whimpers* I've never played Counter-Strike, but after seeing this article I really want to play it. AWSUM!

crazerlapd
crazerlapd

Excellent vid. The last i played was 4 years ago and as you said, to diffuse a bomb hanging on the air is damn irritating. Didn't know how to diffuse it until I watch this vid. haha

devraj967
devraj967

i was hooked to cs source for years, than came xbox 360 n ps3.... looking forward cs on xbox....

orangejuicebox
orangejuicebox

Great video! i really miss my high school days when i used to play CS, dota and call of duty 2 with my friends. Unlike nowadays where shooting games are base on leveling rather than skill. if i were to start playing modern warfare 3 now and my opponent is 30lv higher lv than i am, the chances are that i will lose. i really hope that tactical intervention will bring back some of the nostalgia. ( and i dont call modern warfare call of duty because the only call of duty games i respect are call of duty 1 and 2)

damnstraight003
damnstraight003

I have been really impressed by this series so far, and I can't wait to see how the team handles religion. No doubt they will do it in a respectful yet hilarious manner. Always a pleasure guys, keep fighting the good fight.

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

omg i cannot wait till CS is back. i just wish i had a PC that could play it. *sigh

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

This show should have it's own page on Gamespot (like Start/Select) so it's easier to find episodes without having to go through Youtube.

wavelength121
wavelength121

@maxwell97 CS is hardly "realistic". "Boring" is more like. "Exploitable" would be the reason it is so popular in e-sports. And as for the recoil? I have fired a rifle. Once. Hopefully never again. (I use my big-boy words.) Couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, even with the scoped crosshairs directly on target. Poor gun-nut couldn't even adjust his sights correctly. I've also played these things called GAMES. You either go all the way with realism or not at all. CS, where you run faster with a knife, bunny-AWP with sniper guns in boxed-in maps and flashspam your own team, isn't a paragon of realism by any means. The spray-and-pray recoil is the worst. First shot is accurate and the rest is luck. Rainbow Six: Vegas is a better example of how to make a game with realistic physics and recoil that is still "fun". CS is just... people bouncing around getting cheap headshots.

3nd_Of_The_Lin3
3nd_Of_The_Lin3

Ahh the good ol' days... Great video, thank you! This show is one of my favourites.

iluvOP
iluvOP

I havent played CS in months. Now I feel like re-installing it but Im worried that I'll get sucked in again. Goddamnit danny, stop making me want to re-install CS!

Master_I
Master_I

awsome, brings back many happy memorys of the drug, CSS.

monstachruck
monstachruck

anyone remember gun-running? when CS first came out, when you died, your dropped weapon would stay on the field for the rest of the game, including when you respawned for the next round. what people would do is find weapons, the drop their current weapon to get the new one, then repeat, inching the weapon along til they could get all the better guns back at the spawn point... good time :D

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

MMMM wasted summers playing 3000 custom maps on our server .... priceless and never has been beaten in sheer enjoyment in my gaming experience. WOOHOO_CARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WOOHOO_CARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WOOHOO_CARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WOOHOO_CARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WOOHOO_CARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GeneralEz
GeneralEz

This is why i never bother to uninstall CS on my pc or even after bought a new rig CS will be installed and left un-abandoned. Im in my mid 30s now with 2 kids and thank god wifey never complained even if i spent hours playin it The only downside would be less hours spent for other games (even top new releases). Sad I know

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@GarGx1 I am happy, it means we PC players dont have to wait for archaically long patch certifications just to fix small bugs due to console limitations and red tape ;D

GarGx1
GarGx1

Good show, I'm looking forward to CS:GO, just a pity they've dropped the cross platform idea...we could have finally put an end to the silly arguement about controllers and m+kb...oh well! I was always more of a Day of Defeat player myself, the game play is way more deadly than CS and there are deployable heavy MG's ;) Can't wait for next weeks show, should be fun watching you bulldoze your way through a touchy subject like religion. :)