Counter Strike Infographic: The FPS That Changed the Game
Luka explores the timeline of Counter Strike, from origins to impact in the community [infographic]
If Counter Strike was a person, it would now have zits, spiky hair and would drive his uncle’s Ford Focus ST. And like your regular 18 year old, it would still have plenty of room to grow.
Even though Counter Strike is one of the most successful FPS titles of all time, it originated as a side project in one Canadian college dorm room. Its father, Minh “Gooseman” Lee spent hours putting his idea into reality.
He first started off by creating a mod for Quake, called Navy Seals. That was a conceptual predecessor to Counter Strike and by the likes of if, it was also a starting point for his next big success. Once Half Life got released in 1998, he liked the game’s engine so much that he decided to apply what he learned from his previous mods and create this new PvP arena that would feature terrorists and counter terrorists battling each other.
In 1999, the first beta of Counter Strike was born. By the time they released the fifth beta version, the game blew up, along with the community around it.
Soon enough, Valve bought the rights for Counter Strike and the rest can be considered gaming history. Needless to say, the game went on to become one of the most played multiplayer FPS titles in history and completely changed how the industry operates.
The passionate community around Counter Strike continued to grow. Valve used this to experiment with monetization and is now seeing new generations entering the, almost 20 year old, Counter Strike community.
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