Counter Strike

August 26, 2011

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Trailer and Impressions

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGDrGri79pA

Today the newest Trailer for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released.  After watching the trailer I’ve formed a few opinions about it.  The first and most glaring is that it doesn’t look any different from Counter-Strike: Source.  I was hoping, seven years after the release of source, that they could update the graphics engines. 

Valve will be implementing cross-platform play for Counter Strike: Global Offensive and for those of you who don’t know what that is, cross-platform play means people on PC can play those on an Xbox and those who are on PS3 can play those on Xbox 360.  While PS3 vs Xbox isn’t that big of a difference in terms of gameplay, PC vs either of the console systems is a huge difference.  I forsee this being a catastrophe because the control difference between consoles and PC are completely different.  Microsoft held a project a few years back to bring console and PC gaming togeather, they scrapped the project because “Microsoft pitted the best console players using control pads against “mediocre” PC gamers with mice and keyboards and found that the console players were “destroyed every time.” It was apparently so bad, he wrote, that cross-platform play would have been an embarrassment to the Xbox team.” – The Escapist 

I’m still waiting to see if Valve can bring anything new to the FPS genre with so many heavy hitter titles such as Bad Company, Call of Duty and Team Fortresss 2.  Valve also hasn’t made it clear if they intend to compete with the major players in the industry.  However, being that it is going to be a Xbox Live Arcade release I don’t think they are.  I think this is a move to bring some more players back to it’s once #1 multi-player title.

What do you guys think?

 

August 12, 2011

Counter Strike : Global Offensive… It’s Finally Coming.

Valve has just announced the upcoming 2012 release of a new Counter-Strike title for PC and Next Gen consoles, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.   It’s bee n 12 long years since counter strike took the world gaming industry by storm.  Starting off as a simple Half-Life mod, Counter-Strike became one of the most widley recognized FPS titles in the industry and is still widely played 12 years after it’s release.  Here is the offical statement from Valve:

“Next Gen Console, PC, and Mac Release Targeted for Early 2012

Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO).

Targeted for release via Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam (for PC and Mac) in early 2012, CS: GO will expand upon the team-based action gameplay that it pioneered when it was launched exactly 12 years ago (CS beta 1, August 1999).

CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO will introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.

“Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999,” said Doug Lombardi at Valve. “For the past 12 years, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world, headline competitive gaming tournaments and selling over 25 million units worldwide across the franchise. CS: GO promises to expand on CS’ award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac.”

CS: GO is being developed by Valve in cooperation with Seattle-based Hidden Path Entertainment. The title is targeted for release in early 2012 and will be playable at this year’s PAX Prime and Eurogamer Expo 2011.”

With the upcoming releases of Battlefiled 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 it will be interesting to see what Valve is going to bring to the table with it’s new shooter.  Valve is known for it’s quality games and we should expect nothing less from their upcoming release. 

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will NOT be PC exclusive and will be released on multiple platforms.

December 19, 2009

MOC Gaming Rocks Hard

Moc members list

MOCMOC or My Own Crew Gaming hosts a server that has a special place in my heart.  I have been gaming there for over 3 years and still find it sweet to get a head shot, watch blood go flying in the air, then be able to run over to the victim and piss on their face.  The crew has been around for more than 5 years.  The clan was founded and is lead by Ellis, TheGame, THEKID and KingGrunt, and currently has 35 members.  They can be found on da web at http://www.mocgaming.com/cz/.

Their main server is the the Counter Strike map “cs_office_cz” but has a twist.  Instead of trying to rescue hostages, they Terrorists need to make it to Counter Terrorist spawn and plant a bomb, so the server really is “Original de_Office” de = defuse.  So the CT’s needs to defuse the bomb if the T’s are able to make it to the site and plant.  Yea, yea, this is Condition Zero, which was released Mar 1st 2004, but I would buy CZ again only to play on this server.  And this is really the only server I play on CZ, otherwise I play different Source servers, but for $9.99 on Steam, its worth every penny to play on MOC, even the outdated graphics still look good ;  )

CZI know that there are ppl out there that still find themselves playing older games that they have fallen for.  If it’s because of budget reasons, not upgrading hardware or because of new resource heavy games, or just because your afraid of change, then we’re in the same boat.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to see what new games have to offer, but with a limited budget and having already found something that gets me off, for now, it can’t get much better than MOC’s server.  The crew supports its self from members donations.  MOC’s monthly goal is about $125.00, this is to support their website and server.  Check out their website if you want to make a donation. Live Long and Prosper MOC.

December 9, 2009

Has Counter Strike lost its MoJo?

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Has Counter Strike lost its MoJo

Ohh da mods u’ll enjoy.  With the Chinese government using versions of Counter Strike as a tool for tactical training, there’s no doubt that playing can and should be a very tactical endeavor.  A Brazilian federal judge even said in his ruling to ban the sale of Counter Strike that it will “bring immanent stimulus to the subversion of the social order, attempting against the democratic and rightful state and against the public safety”.  I mean, what more could you ask for to encourage you to get into this game.  There were after all more than 9.2 million sales from the 3 main releases within the series, (1.5, Condition Zero and Source).  I personally have spent more hours playing one version of Counter Strike or another than I would like to admit, but was it worth it, hell yea!!  The game is straight up fun, and that’s what makes it so enjoyable, time after time.  Still in my mind the reigning champion.

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