Nostalgia: Counter-strike: Source

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In Nostalgia, we look at games used to play the hell out of in the past, and reflect on them as games, and their effect on us. Sort of like Memoir’s of a Gamer, with no correlations to geishas.

The game I have easily put the most hours into is Counter-Strike: Source. Just to give you a rough guideline of how much emphasis I am putting into easily, according to my Xfire account (which I no longer use), I have clocked in 2,069 hours into this fucking game. 2,069. That’s an accumulated 86 days of my life that is entirely Counter-Strike. And that’s only back when I used Xfire, I played for about another year’s worth without Xfire recording hours. To put that in perspective, my 2nd most hours is probably Call of Duty 4 at 290 hours, and I played that quite a lot. I was a CSS junkie, I spent most of my non-schooling and sleeping hours playing this game, and I got really good. Like 2nd best clan in GameArena (the main Australian online league) good. And this article isn’t to brag, I’m just painting a picture as to how much I used to play this game. I don’t know if it’s the addictiveness of Counter-Strike as a game, or if it’s the fact that when you get good at something you gain more enjoyment out of it, but I spent most of my waking hours playing.

Wanna fight about it?

The Rise

I bought Half-Life 2 opening day and after finishing (and realizing Gordon Freeman was my hero) I didn’t even think to play Counter-Strike. It was only till a graphic designer friend named Chris told me to come play online with him, and I accepted. He was all “you be a terrorist or a counter-terrorist yo, and you plant or defuse a bomb yo!” Initially my PC and net were worse than a hairy ass but with my limited funds I upgraded just enough to play at a solid frame-rate (albeit tiny resolution). Through visiting my old files and looking at screenshots, I must have played with the smallest resolution possible but I still played through it for my love and addiction of this game.

Aztec was easily my favourite pub and war map

I made a lot of geek friends that I still talk to, to this day, on Counter-Strike, and it was a game that just had so much impact on me as a gamer. For one, it’s the first online game I really got engaged into. Secondly, it’s the first FPS that I actually took the time to learn strategies and the entire ins-and-outs of playing, down to the minute recoil details of each gun. It all became muscle memory to me, and it was like if I ever stopped I’d lose all the work I’d put into this game.

I went in and out of clans like a cheap whore, clan wars were easily my favourite part of the game and I was always looking to play for other teams if they were short a player. During my time in a clan that got to #2 (whose name escapes me) we really took warring a lot more seriously, really developing stats and knowing each other as players. NO RIFF RAFF. Digging through old pictures, I found some strategies I made for dust2, and it still surprises me how much fucking effort I put into this game:

ETCETERA! Those were 3 parts of 1 strat specifically for terrorist on dust2. We made about 8 of these each with about 5 or 6 steps. Jesus. I kind of regret looking through all these old pictures as it makes me want to get hooked again, but I have too many priorities! RESIST. RESIST.

The Fall

I can only imagine quitting the firm hold this game has on a gamer is far more difficult than quitting smoking. There were 2 reasons I stopped playing: One because I knew I was isolating myself and basically spending my entire free time as an anti-social  git, and the other because it was simply getting in the way of things I’d wanted to achieve. Pre-Counter-Strike I was heavily into graphic design and art, which got greatly disrupted by my need to kill terrorists/explode offices. I can’t remember the exact moment, but as I got more into having a life outside my WASD keys and mouse my desire to run around Aztec and Dust2 withered away and I can’t think of any better way to say I grew out of it. I still played every now and then, only this was casual, and as any CS:S gamer would know, after you haven’t played for a while you get shit really fast.

The Reprise

For the sake of the article, I started playing CS:S again, and as dated as it looks now, holy shit it’s still a lot of fun! And I’m still kind of decent! First few games I topped on unstacked teams, and my aim and reflexes aren’t as bad as I thought they’d be. I know there are thousands of people in my boat though, if there weren’t, why would Counter-Strike: Source, a game that came out in 2004 that’s had very few updates since then, is still the 7th most played game online. I have so many memories of this game, and playing through again just brings a smile to my face, even when I get team flashed and spammed and yell at the doucehbag who did it. It is a slightly nicer yell than I remember :) . It’s a great game, and it’s an addictive one, that once mastered you never want to quit. After my huge time away from this game, I missed it, but I didn’t miss the amount of time I spent on it. But in saying that, playing it again after these long years has made me rediscover its allure, and what’s come out of it is that I am going to continue playing it from now on, because you know what? It’s fun being good a game. Especially an online one. And I cannot wait for the next installment in the Counter-Strike series ’cause I’m going to play the shit out of it and the cycle will begin again.

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4 Comments on "Nostalgia: Counter-strike: Source"

  1. Oberon Sexton May 25, 2010 at 5:40 pm -

    Meeeeeemorieeeeees~

  2. FungusDells May 25, 2010 at 6:44 pm -

    suuuure this isn’t to brag. ;p

  3. Chris May 25, 2010 at 7:20 pm -

    CS:S was a great game and I spent many hours on it. Aztec and Dust/2 were my favourites and probably the best part were the clan wars even though I didn’t play in heaps.

    Great game though!

  4. Schism May 25, 2010 at 9:41 pm -

    I CAN’T HELP BEING AMAZING

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