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Counter-Strike was initally released on June 19th, 1999 as a multiplayer mod using the GoldSrc engine from the game Half-Life.On November 8th, 2000, Valve released the first retail version of Counter-Strike for Microsoft Windows operating systems. In 2003, Valve began work on Counter-Strike 1.6, which was the first version made available on the company’s new software’s content delivery system Steam. In 2004, Valve ported the original Counter-Strike game to their new Source engine. On August 21st, 2012, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released.
Counter-Strike players are placed on either the Counter Terrorists (CTs) or Terrorists team. There are several different game modes which provide different goals for each team to win.
- Bomb: The Terrorists’ goal is to plant and defend a C4 bomb until detonation, while the CTs’ is to defuse it. Terrorists can win by killing all enemies but the CTs must also defuse the bomb prior to detonation upon killing the entire enemy team.
- Hostage: The CTs attempt to rescue a group of hostages while the Terrorists work to prevent them from doing so. If any CT or Terrorist kills a hostage, game will deduct some credit from that player.
On June 16th, 2005, the Counter-Strike Wiki was created, which accumulated upwards of 600 pages in the following nine years. On April 15th, 2009, a Facebook page titled “CounterStrike” was launched, garnering over 6.4 million likes in the next five years. On August 21st, the /r/counterstrike subreddit was created for discussions pertaining to the game series.
On March 27th, 2006, YouTuber jackyaka posted a stop motion animation video featuring LEGO blocks playing a game of Counter-Strike (shown below, left). On April 10th, YouTuber cukrius posted a live action parody of Counter-Strike titled “Counterstrike in REAL” (shown below, right). In the first eights years, the videos garnered upwards of 8.8 million and 12.6 million views respectively.
On July 23rd, 2008, YouTuber Machinima uploaded a video featuring a children-themed version of the game titled “Counter-Strike for Kids,” gathering more than 17.5 million views and 53,900 comments in six years. On October 7th, 2009, the Flashdeckanimations YouTube channel uploaded a video featuring animated stick figures playing Counter-Strike (shown below, right). Within five years, the video gained over 45.7 million views and 66,000 comments.
Counter-Strike 1.6 won several awards upon its release in 2000, including “Action Game of the Year” by Actiontrip, “Online Game of the Year” by GameSpot UK and US, “Special Award for Multiplayer Gaming” by Gamespy, Game of the Year by VoodooExtreme and Best Multiplayer Multiplayer by Electronic Playground.
Advice Animal Series
An advice animal-style image macro series featuring a Counter-Strike player in front of a green and grey color wheel background is often used to mock player behavior in the game (shown below).