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Valve are pushing out more customization options to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with the ability to add Patches sewn into Agent's outfits.

Customization is big of course, it's part of the reason other games (Fortnite) are so popular. Looks like Valve want to get a bigger piece of the pie too. With the new Battle Pass system introduced with the Shattered Web Operation, it brought with it new Agents so you don't have to just have the standard look. This has been expanded further in the latest update, as you can now buy the first Patch Pack:

Sadly, the way it's done is still using the annoying Loot Box like mechanic, so you buy the pack and you get a random item by gambling until you get what you want. However, it looks like there's already plenty of them on the Steam Market though for less than the Patch Pack so it kind-of balances it all out. It's also quite likely that Patches will get added into future Battle Pass levels too, just like other customization items in it.

You can position them at various locations on your Agent, however once applied you lose them. You can take them off but they cannot be recovered. Something I hope Valve change their stance on eventually, being able to actually re-use cosmetic items might tempt me to pick up more. Here's an example of two places it can be positioned:

To make sure you get the most out of it, Valve have now also added your Agent to the Buy Menu directly in matches so you get to see more of all your customizations. So you can see what Agent you have, any Patches applied to them and the weapon you've picked along with the weapon skin. This change is actually pretty sweet as it makes sense to show it off a bit more.

That's not all the changes either, there's even more! Crosshair customization is now super simple with the ability to edit, preview and share a Crosshair style directly in the game. This is pretty big by itself! Easily change the length of it, thickness, gap between lines, the colour and more. A really handy accessibility option that I'm glad to see in.

See the full changelog here. Play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive free on Steam.

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6 comments

gustavoyaraujo 25 February 2020 at 12:33 pm UTC
The game crashes here at launch... Is anyone else experiencing this issue?
Liam Dawe 25 February 2020 at 12:49 pm UTC
gustavoyaraujoThe game crashes here at launch... Is anyone else experiencing this issue?
Add this as a launch option:
-nojoy

Let me know if that fixes it for you.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 25 February 2020 at 12:50 pm UTC
einherjar 25 February 2020 at 6:34 pm UTC
They should really develop a better alternative to this lootbox crap.
Could be so easy, just sell Items or do auctions with limited amount of each item. Or something like that. But this gambling thing is really outdated IMHO.
Sol33t303 26 February 2020 at 5:27 am UTC
einherjarThey should really develop a better alternative to this lootbox crap.
Could be so easy, just sell Items or do auctions with limited amount of each item. Or something like that. But this gambling thing is really outdated IMHO.
That would be a bad idea for Valve if they still want to keep the Steam market around. Who is going to go to the market to buy items if you can just get it straight from Valve? Nobodys going to be selling their items for less then what valve sells them, and nobodys going to buy from people that price it higher than valve does.

I think the current system is fine, as Liam said, if you want something specific, buy it on the market or trade for it.

Also, I'm sure the lootbox system helps garner interest for the game, lots of videos on youtube of people unboxing insane skins or knives/gloves.
einherjar 26 February 2020 at 8:33 am UTC
Sol33t303
einherjarThey should really develop a better alternative to this lootbox crap.
Could be so easy, just sell Items or do auctions with limited amount of each item. Or something like that. But this gambling thing is really outdated IMHO.
That would be a bad idea for Valve if they still want to keep the Steam market around. Who is going to go to the market to buy items if you can just get it straight from Valve? Nobodys going to be selling their items for less then what valve sells them, and nobodys going to buy from people that price it higher than valve does.

I think the current system is fine, as Liam said, if you want something specific, buy it on the market or trade for it.

Also, I'm sure the lootbox system helps garner interest for the game, lots of videos on youtube of people unboxing insane skins or knives/gloves.

You can have a healthy community market anyways. As I said, you can make auctions with rare Items/Skins/Stickers. You can also give away fancy stuff through missions, that you can get while playing. You can also raffle items for people that solved specific missions and so on. That brings enough things that can be sold and keep the market alive. And these are only examples of what is possible without the gambling system.
Gambling is not the only possibility for that.
gustavoyaraujo 26 February 2020 at 10:42 pm UTC
Liam Dawe
gustavoyaraujoThe game crashes here at launch... Is anyone else experiencing this issue?
Add this as a launch option:
-nojoy

Let me know if that fixes it for you.

oh, Thank you very much, Liam, that solved my issue.
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