Nostalgia: Counter-strike: Source


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 -


  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 -


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