The late 90s and the early 2000s was flooded with new video game releases, some of which have defined the teenage years of many young gamers. Among the plethora of games that made their mark in the gaming market, Counter-Strike (CS) is one such game which has continued to draw in players year after year. First released in the year 2000, the multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS) game was originally developed as a modification (mod) on another game called Half-Life.
The upgraded version of the game performed better than its counterparts and the work put in by developers Minh ‘Gooseman’ Le and Jess ‘Cliffe’ Cliffe was well rewarded. Although the game had started out as a minor project between the two friends, they started spending more time on it. Features like a multiplayer mode, where gamers can play with their friends, well-defined weapon segregation, and a refurbished hit-detection system were some of the reasons behind the success of the game.
Slotted under the genre of FPS games like NovaLogic’s Delta Force and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, CS became even more popular than its predecessors. Eventually bought by Valve Software, the game only grew further to add hundreds of cyber-athletes. The game not only provided some of the best features in video games at that time, but it also gave its users a sense of community. Something about getting an opportunity to share a gaming experience with friends hit the right spot and got more people to start playing it.
Later, multiple successful versions of the game were released. Counter-Strike has grown from being just another game to a full-blown sport. Even 20 years after its initial release, the game has still managed to stay on top of the gaming charts and has continued to leave its mark on players.