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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



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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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1:30 PM on 03.23.2013

Checking out Counter-Strike: GO's new hostage mode

Despite loving Counter-Strike: Global Offensive upon release, I had concerns that Valve wouldn't give it the same loving updates that Team Fortress 2 received over the years. Well, they are finally proving my concern wrong wi...

Allistair Pinsof

10:30 PM on 03.14.2013

Tactical Intervention now in open beta

Tactical Intervention, Counter-Strike co-creator Minh "Gooseman" Le's free-to-play first-person shooter, is now available to play in open beta, with the full game to launch March 28. No keys are required to participate in the...

Keith Swiader





4:00 AM on 03.07.2013

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero is Valve's 5th Linux game

Following last month's beta release of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero for Steam on Linux, the game has officially launched -- for real. Not the most thrilling news of the day, I'll agree to that, however the brief announcemen...

Jordan Devore

10:30 PM on 02.28.2013

Counter-Strike successor Tactical Intervention out Mar 28

Update: I just received a press release announcing a March 28 release. I guess Gooseman is trying to poke fun at the skeptic in me or make my dreams come true. One of the two. Hurrah? A year ago, Counter-Strike creator Minh '...

Allistair Pinsof

1:45 PM on 02.07.2013

Counter-Strike: GO gets new mode, maps, and map tools

Valve, apparently too busy at DICE to release a press release, put out some new images and info on some very welcome Counter-Strike: GO updates. The most significant addition is Map Workshop, a new extension of Steam that let...

Allistair Pinsof

12:30 PM on 01.26.2013

Counter-Strike 1.6 now available on Linux and Mac

Following the initially quiet release of the original Half-Life on Mac and Linux the other day, Valve has decided to follow it up with the release of Counter-Strike 1.6 for both platforms. Much like with H...

Harry Monogenis

7:00 PM on 01.25.2013

Deathmatch comes to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Good news, everyone! A new patch has come out on PC for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive adding a deathmatch mode as well as the usual weapon balances and bug fixes. Deathmatch will be available for matchmaking and offli...

Joshua Derocher

10:00 PM on 10.01.2012

CS:GO, Dota 2, and LoL part of MLG's GameBattles

GameBattles, which allows users and teams to sign up and compete in tournaments, is adding Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and League of Legends to its fall lineup of online ladder tournamen...

Patrick Hancock

9:50 PM on 08.24.2012

The DTOID Show: The Border Lands, CS:GO, and Dishonored

Hey gang! It's that time again. Today, we've got a great video showing off Dishonored's stealth kills, some more Grand Theft Auto 5 screenshots, showing off cropdusters and cars and stuff, a review of Counter-Strike: Global ...

Max Scoville

7:00 PM on 08.21.2012

Grab your knife! Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is live

It has been barely a year since the official announcement, but it's already here! Valve's answer to the tactical/military team-based shooter of today, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, has just been released to the ...

Jason Cabral

7:00 PM on 08.07.2012

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pre-order now on Steam

You can put money down on your Steam download of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive today, ahead of the August 21 release date. Why would you do that? Well, pre-purchases on Steam get both a 10 percent discount and early access...

Dale North

12:00 PM on 06.04.2012

E3: Counter-Strike: GO comes to consoles/PC August 21

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will arrive on Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, PC, and Mac, August 21 for $15. Seven months after the closed beta began, Valve finally has set a date for this much anticipated FPS. Personally, I've bee...

Allistair Pinsof

2:00 PM on 03.06.2012

Cross-platform play removed from CS: Global Offensive

Valve has announced that cross-platform play has been taken out of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, meaning that PS3 and PC users will no longer be able to play together. The decision was made so that the game could receive ...

Jim Sterling





9:30 PM on 02.16.2012

Counter-Strike co-creator unveils trailer for latest game

Minh "Gooseman" Le is a guy you may not have heard of, but you probably know about a little game he co-created with Jess Cliffe called Counter-Strike. Well, Minh has unveiled his latest game and wouldn't you know it, it's a t...

Alasdair Duncan