Hey, if I’m gonna spend hundreds of hours staring at some dude’s hands, I want to be sure they’re safe and warm. Are you okay, Johnny Counter-Strike? Are you looking after yourself? I know De_Dust gets cold at nights. Recognising that the worst of the winter is yet to come, Valve have kindly outfitted Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site] characters with new gloves and sleeves to keep them nice and warm.
The blog post announcing these new hand-protectors also mentions that over 10 million unique players are now playing CS:GO each month. That is a lot of mittens to knit. You might ask “Gloves for Christmas? That’s so boring! How about sexy lingerie?” but I’m afraid I cannot help you. Maybe no one can.
Really, though, as the arms (and guns) are sort of our avatars in FPSs, I am always unreasonably excited to see them made-over. What do your gloves say about you? Here, have a look (click for bigger):
As for the gloves themselves, I wish Pip were around for a serious Style Breakdown. Gloves are often neglected as part of an outfit, but they can really set it off. I can see the black tactical gloves making it to avant garde fringes, paired with lots of dramatic black and leather (another short-lived goth ninja spin-off, maybe? SWAT goth?), and that final pair definitely belong on the manicured hands of a charming yet sinister terrorist named Hans. When he finally takes those gloves off, at the climax of the film, you should be worried.