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Counter-Strike 2 is out now with Linux support

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Counter-Strike 2 from Valve is now officially out and comes with Native Linux support, so it's time to say goodbye to Global Offensive as it has been replaced.

"A free upgrade to CS:GO, Counter-Strike 2 marks the largest technical leap in Counter-Strike’s history. Built on the Source 2 engine, Counter-Strike 2 is modernized with realistic physically-based rendering, state of the art networking, and upgraded Community Workshop tools." — Valve

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  • All-new CS Ratings with the updated Premier mode.
  • Global and Regional leaderboards.
  • Upgraded and overhauled maps.
  • Game-changing dynamic smoke grenades.
  • Tick-rate-independent gameplay.
  • Redesigned visual effects and audio.
  • All items from CS:GO moving forward to CS2.

The updated Linux system requirements:

  • OS: Ubuntu 20.04
  • Processor: 4 hardware CPU threads - Intel® Core™ i5 750 or higher
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD GCN+ or NVIDIA Kepler+ with up-to-date Vulkan drivers. Support for VK_EXT_graphics_pipeline_library highly recommended.
  • Storage: 85 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Highly recommended

Like the earlier upgrade to the Linux version of Dota 2, Valve also bumped it up to their latest "Steam Linux Runtime 3.0 (Sniper)", which should provide a big improvement to compatibility on modern Linux systems. From what developer Timothee "TTimo" Besset said on Mastodon, the Windows version has been thoroughly tested but significantly less on the Linux version so be sure to report any bugs you find.

Note: If you find you don't have any sound there's already a bug report with some suggestions to try.

Be sure to pop along to our Discord to chat about it, and be sure to leave a comment for those not on Discord.

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slaapliedje Oct 12, 2023
Quoting: Marlock
Quoting: Guestany competitive game requires a player to outspeed an opponent, what did you expect from a first person shooter?
mandatory pedantic reply: chess
sorry, i just couldn't resist

analog world jokes aside I did play "Sid Meyer's Civilization 2" and "Stars!", which both were turn-based and supported competitive multiplayer... Stars! even supported play-by-email, which is absurdly cumbersome compared to modern multiplayer gaming options, but was pretty cool in the era of 56kbps dialup internet

I also rather play slower paced games, mainly because my reflexes are horribly slow for anything else

And despite the rise in prominence of competitive online multiplayer realtime games like shooters, battle royales and whatnot there are popular modern takes for slower gameplay too (eg: League of Legends's non-rts offspring TFT)
Civilization 2 is still my favorite in the series. Built up a few old PCs just so I could play it in it's native environment, though it does work in Wine.
Marlock Oct 12, 2023
hint: because DOS was the kernel for them and they were just a shell, win 3.11 and win95 work fine over DOSBox

no need for suffering with ancient hardware and ancient OSs if you're doing it just to game
slaapliedje Nov 1, 2023
Quoting: Marlockhint: because DOS was the kernel for them and they were just a shell, win 3.11 and win95 work fine over DOSBox

no need for suffering with ancient hardware and ancient OSs if you're doing it just to game
Depends on what you want to game with. Like getting FFB Joysticks working through DOSBox may be a bit more difficult. Though you can certainly use some of the other old hardware emulators for things like Glide supported games.

Besides, half the fun for me is actually getting the old hardware up and going, much like the same reason why I own an Atari 800xl, Commodore 64/128, Apple IIGS, various Amigas, Atari STs, etc. It's more about enjoying the old hardware + software than it is just about playing games :)
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