Updated: Apr 1, 2019
If you're a gamer then chances are you know what counter strike is and there’s an even better chance you know who valve is, but for those of you that don’t, let me give you a quick lesson in gaming 101.
Counter strike is a first person shooter that has both community game modes with anything from zombie defense to surfing (just google it, it’s pretty awesome) and then it has a few core game modes for casual and competitive players... and now... it has a battle royal mode, but we’ll get to that later. Competitive sees two teams of 5 players go head to head in round based “search and destroy” (for you call of duty fans) with the first team to win 16 rounds being the victor. One of the core differences between Counter Strike (CS) and Call of Duty (CoD) is that in counter strike you use money to purchase your weapons and equipment, you don’t have any extra skills or perks and you can not ADS (aim down the sights). You must learn the “spray pattern” of the weapons you want to use and out match the skill and precision of other players.
The competitive scene in counter strike has been around for a long time. I remember going to the Internet cafe as a kid and playing counter strike with the other people there and with Counter Strike: Global Offensive I finally joined in on the competitive scene.
The game was a blast for those who strive to win and play with their friends and man do you love the feeling when you clutch that round in a 14-14, but for me those days of CS:GO are gone. As of a few days ago the game went free to play, inviting anyone to join in and have some fun, which sounds great right? I mean more people means more matches and more competition but here is the real low blow to all those fans out there, any person who hacks, cheats or otherwise exhibits "toxic behavior" can now play CS:GO forever, even if they've already been banned! Got a ban on one account? they can simply create a new one and so on and so forth, and this is all because Valve wanted in on that battle royal hype train.
To top off this tragedy valve seemed to want to rub the fact that almost everyone playing CS:GO up until this point had paid about $20 USD for the game and pretty much said ‘thanks for giving us your money so we could release this for free, have a pointless badge to mark this honor’. Like seriously, a badge? Why? Every other person is going to have this damn badge because so many people own the damn game, so thank you valve for taking this opportunity to destroy one of the greatest competitive FPS games of all time. I would like to stipulate that I have no tried nor do I play to actually try out the battle royal mode in the new CS:GO update. I simply have no interest in playing a CS:GO battle royal and would rather play another game where the battle royal game mode is at its core and where the game shines the most.
I will not be going back, CS:GO is gone.