Has it really been 20 years? Madness. Counter-Strike started off life as a Half-Life mod in 1999 and the series is still going strong. Pretty amazing really, to think something that started off as a modification in 1999 for another game by two people has later spawned four games: Counter-Strike (2000), Counter-Strike: Condition Zero (2004), Counter-Strike: Source (2004) and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (2012).
Writing on the official Counter-Strike blog, Valve posted:
Twenty years ago, a humble Half-Life mod changed the gaming world. Constantly evolving and shifting over the years, Counter-Strike has never lost its fundamentals: it’s easy to learn, takes a lifetime to master, and is supported by a massive global community.
You can celebrate the history of CS with a retro version of Dust II, currently available in the Casual Dust II map group. There’s also a new sticker capsule featuring the unsung heroes of CS – chickens!
You know what's more impressive? The fact that the original Counter-Strike still manages to pull in over ten thousand people most days to play it! Counter-Strike: Source also still sees a healthy player count at over five thousand most days, but the majority now of course play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with it being free and pulling in over five hundred thousand regularly. Condition Zero doesn't see such player numbers, but even so it's still grabbing hundreds of people per-day.
I have to wonder, where will Counter-Strike go next? It will be seven years this August since Global Offensive was released and since then Valve have continued to add maps, fine-tune the balancing and do major updates like Danger Zone to bring some of the Battle Royale audience over. Do you think Valve will ever do another or continue to work on Global Offensive like some sort of ever-evolving live-service?
I remember spending a likely unhealthy amount of hours in the Xbox version (I know, blasphemy) but I really did like the Miami map. Naturally, since being on Linux now I've enjoyed even more hours and most of them now in Global Offensive's Danger Zone, Valve have managed to again make something quite unique with it and it really does get ridiculously intense.
Since we're here, what's your fondest memory of Counter-Strike (any of them)?