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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

4 weeks ago

New tech allows AI to detect toxicity in voice chat, but I think humans might be too smart for it

Toxicity in games is no fun, and in this year of our lord 2020, there seems to be a growing trend of using artificial intelligence to find and deal with toxic players. I don't just mean in text chat either; the companies Modulate and FaceIt have both created AI that can supposedly detect toxicity in voice chat from the way that someone says something.Part of…

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1 month ago

2 months ago

Counter-Strike surfing is the esport we deserve

Look, competitive Counter-Strike is nice and all, but on the 20th anniversary of v1.0 I do find myself consumed with dreams of a wholly different CS skill: surfing. It's the freestyle skating to proper CS's baseball, using a movement glitch to skid, glide, and soar through maps filled with abstract shapes. It is stylish as all hell. And people race surfing! Or you could go…

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4 months ago

Making fake CSGO cheats that sabotage would-be cheaters is an amazing idea

The war between cheaters and anti-cheat technology might be endless, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun with it. I'm delighted to learn about the work of "ScriptKid", a fella who releases fake cheats that actually sabotage games for would-be cheaters. Wrong'uns go to Google looking for free cheats, find the fake cheat site he's set up, download and run his fake cheats, then...…

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Rio Major cancelled, and Valve addresses cheating coaches

The coronavirus pandemic has shut down yet another gaming event. This time it's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Rio Major, and Valve say they won't be scheduling any more of the tournaments until LAN events are safe to hold around the world again. Valve have also addressed coaches being able to cheat in competitive games for years using a bug, detailing the action they'll be taking against…

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Years of CS:GO replays will be investigated for coach exploits

Coaches eh? They're meant to be a great help for improving your game, but it seems some sneaky Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams have taken that to mean peeking where they're not allowed during high-stakes competitive games. Now, the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) is raking through years of demos to find these meddlesome cameramen, with the suggestion that they might go easy on folks who own…

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5 months ago

A shockingly easy Counter-Strike: Global Offensive wallhack has been fixed

Valve's strict new anti-cheat system was powerless to protect Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players from a very simple trick that let perpetrators see everyone through walls. Until last week, players could make a single file tweak that gave them a huge, cheatily cheat advantage. It now appears to have been fixed.

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6 months ago

Counter-Strike: GO has swapped in a couple of player-made maps

It's time to say goodbye to the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive maps Chlorine and Jungle, as they've been swapped out to make room for two new community ones. Say hello, then, to Swamp and Mutiny. The first one is pretty self-explanatory, it's a big green swamp complete with a boat repair shop and some murky water. The second, Mutiny, is pirate-themed - as you might expect…

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s latest anti-cheat effort is Trusted mode

Valve have expanded Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's anti-cheat tech with new restrictions blocking third-party software which interacts with the game. 'Trusted mode' cuts off certain types of cheat, which is good. It also has the side-effect of blocking popular legitimate software including Nvidia Freestyle graphics filters and certain modes in OBS, the video capture & streaming tool. That's it working as intended but also, y'know, a…

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7 months ago

Counter-Strike GO experimenting with stricter anti-cheat

In the endless war of cheat vs. anti-cheat, Valve are considering serious measures to lock down programs hooking into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The new measures, currently being put through their paces in an opt-in public beta testing, will not let you join VAC-enabled servers if you launch CS with incompatible files loaded. This is, to be clear, not any sort of kernel driver like Valorant's…

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8 months ago

You can now buy Warhammer 40k stickers for your Counter-Strike guns

In the grim darkness of the near future, there is only De_dust2. But look further ahead and- oh! There it is! Only war. Now look back to the present and find the two have come together in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with new Warhammer 40,000 stickers now sold to slap on your virtual guns. CS's stickers have always been a bit 'teenager bunkbed' so frankly I…

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Please watch this man perform videogame soundtracks on his Mongolian string instrument

You know how it is. You think you're into videogame soundtracks, then you go and hear someone perform ten of them on a Mongolian string instrument. I recently spent 20 minutes listening to a man do just that, and I think you should too.Genius Jaavka is the man. The morin khuur is his instrument. Songs from Horizon Zero Dawn (coming to PC this summer), Mortal…

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9 months ago

Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive source code has been leaked

Looks like there's a drip somewhere in Valve's spigot. Source code for both Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has apparently been made public. The files appear to be from years ago, though that may not prevent present troublemakers from doing their thing. Some fan servers are worried enough that they've gone offline until they can assure that these leaks won't compromise the security…

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10 months ago

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has new Half-Life stickers, pins, and patches

Most of us may lack the cybergoggles necessary to jack into Half-Life: Alyx today, but we can carry a bit of Alyx over into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Over the weekend, Valve added new Half-Life-y stickers to slap on guns, patches to slap on uniforms, and badges to display in your profile. Some of them are cute! Unfortunately, they're obtained through nasty little loot boxes -…

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Golly, everyone’s on Steam right now for some reason

The big daddy of PC game stores broke a new online user count yesterday with a whammin' 20 million folks signed in. Sounds like everyone is at home perusing their game libraries for some reason. On the real, the spread of Covid-19 is certainly keeping folks home more than planned and PC gaming is, of course, a perfect indoor time-sink of a hobby. Good on…

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11 months ago

This weekend’s ESL Pro Tour event has no arena audience after health authorities revoked the license

This weekend, the ESL Pro Tour Masters Championship stops at Poland's Spodek arena for three days of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and StarCraft II matches in the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2020. The arena can hold 11,500 spectators but while IEM Katowice sold out, it has no crowd. Last night, barely 15 hours before the event started, Polish authorities revoked its mass event license due to…

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hit a new record high playercount this weekend

While Counter-Strike has long seemed one of those games that might just have found its final form and will now be around forever, I am surprised that it's still breaking its own records. Over the weekend, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive set a new record for the number of people in-game online at the same time, beating a record set in April 2016. That was back before…

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Counter-Strike will soon start silencing abusive players

We've been there. You're rushing long-A on Dust, asking for smoke cover, but the response is deadlier than any digital gunshot. A high-pitched wail ruptures your headset, puncturing eardrums and shattering glass. Your monitor's ruined. When the dust settles and the ringing stops, the comms are wild with name-calling, homophobic slurs and swears that'd make a sailor blush. But mic screamers beware. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive…

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12 months ago

Steam servers went offline for a few hours, but they’re back up now

Crikey, glad that's over. It looked like we'd lost Steam for a couple of hours. Today's outage not only affected store listings, community pages, friends lists and workshop access, but also took several of Valve's lovely multiplayer gunshoots/wizard bashers/hat-acquirers offline. Countless poor Steam users were forced to do other things with their time - playing their Steam games alone, going elsewhere for their online kicks,…

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