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2:30 PM on 02.23.2015

Sibling rivalry: Recruit a Counter-Strike pro to embarrass your brother

On any ordinary day, streamer Kyente would have obliterated his brother at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. But, his birthday is not just any other day -- it's the day that his sibling decided to strike back in the most cre...

Brett Makedonski

9:00 AM on 02.08.2015

Valve and ESL retract ban on ex-ESC Gaming CS:GO team

Last Friday, Valve and eSports League Europe, issued tentative bans on three Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitive teams. Epsilon eSports, the former ESC Gaming team, and WinneR had players who were accused of match fi...

Jason Faulkner

4:00 PM on 01.27.2015

Gambling, match-fixing scandal rocks highest level of competitive Counter-Strike

The world of eSports has a Pete Rose-style controversy on its hands. Yesterday, Valve levied a series of bans against Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players that were found to be involved in a gambling scandal that inc...

Brett Makedonski

3:30 PM on 10.07.2014

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies hits Steam

This trailer, haha. Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies would get a trailer like this. After a short beta, the free-to-play game is out now on Steam. It's like Counter-Strike 1.6 with a bunch of crazy, cobbled-together modes and, ...

Jordan Devore


9:30 PM on 08.07.2014

So, Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is happening

Based on the name alone, Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies doesn't sound like a legitimate, officially-licensed game, but it is. Valve's okay with it! And, actually it's not too far-fetched when you recall that Nexon is responsib...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 07.02.2014

Counter-Strike: GO's Operation Breakout breaks out new maps for everyone

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players just got a few new playgrounds to get offensive on, courtesy of the players themselves. As part of CS:GO's Operation Breakout initiative, six user-created maps have been promoted...

Brett Makedonski

3:00 AM on 05.28.2014

Super Source Bros. Melee

What if Valve made their own Super Smash Bros. game, but with characters from Dota 2, Half-Life, Portal, Counter-Strike, and Left 4 Dead? What if?!

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:00 AM on 02.07.2014

New CS: GO update lets you toss grenades in a new way

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has received a rather sizeable update, which includes the introduction of Sticker Capsules, a secondary firing option for grenades as well as a behemoth of map and gameplay changes. Stick...

Harry Monogenis

11:00 AM on 12.20.2013

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sees improved de_cbble

No map is more iconic of the Counter-Strike franchise than de_dust, with its multiple paths through its tan and brown desert marketplace. Another classic map is making a comeback in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but not w...

Darren Nakamura

1:15 PM on 11.07.2013

Earn Counter-Strike: GO drops by watching Twitch

As of this week's update for Counter: Strike: Global Offensive, players can now link their Steam accounts on Twitch. This is something you'll want to do if you're planning to catch the 2013 DreamHack SteelSeries CS:GO Champio...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 10.25.2013

Counter-Strike: GO adds weapon finishes

It looks like Valve is starting to really pour the same love and care into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that it has continuously poured into Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2. First, we get weapons and the almighty crates, ...

Patrick Hancock





8:00 PM on 10.11.2013

The latest Counter-Strike: GO update is for spectators

If you dig Dota 2's in-game spectator options, you're going to want to revisit Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This week's update adds the WATCH menu, which is where you can view live streams featuring high-ranked members o...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 08.14.2013

Counter-Strike: GO gets new weapons, skins, and CRATES

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has just received a huge update which includes two new weapons, a lot of new weapon skins, and even crates and keys. The crates contain only skins, some of which will track the ...

Patrick Hancock

4:30 PM on 04.26.2013

Operation Payback rewards Counter-Strike: GO map makers

Starting with Operation Payback, Valve is putting together a series of limited-time updates that intend to help out Counter-Strike: Global Offensive map makers. This $2.99 pass (regularly $5.99) is available until July 31 and...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 04.19.2013

Play Super Mario Bros. within a Counter-Strike map

Sometimes you need to put down the AK-47, pause the terrorist hunt, and play Super Mario Bros. Using a server plugin, a clever modder that goes by the name skwumpy created the Sourcemod Entertainment System or SMES, which le...

Allistair Pinsof



Review: Tactical Intervention  photo
Review: Tactical Intervention
by Allistair Pinsof

[This post originally ran as impressions on the open beta and is now updated to reflect the full release, which came two weeks later.]

Call of Duty has dumbed down the modern shooter to being about planting bombs, capturing points, and getting headshots. In contrast, Tactical Intervention is a breath of fresh air and feels evolutionary in its ideas -- one could say next-gen, but it'd be hard not to laugh when looking at its budget production values. Dog barks sound like Doom imps and the visuals somehow look worse than anything in Half-Life 2, despite having all the niceties that have come to the Source engine since '04.

Before Call of Duty fever swept the nation, I loved online first-person shooters for the chaos that car combat and hostage encounters can bring. I'll never forget surfing on an airplane wing in Battlefield 1942 or using hostages as human shields in a pitch dark cs_mansion in Counter-Strike.

Tactical Intervention brings back the good memories before FPS were marketable to the mainstream, along with reminders that mods like Counter-Strike weren't born with that layer of polish later achieved.

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