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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has new Half-Life stickers, pins, and patchesMar 23, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Most of us may lack the cybergoggles necessary to jack into Half-Life: Alyx today, but we can carry a bit of Alyx over into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Over the weekend, Valve added new Half-Life-y stickers to slap on guns, patches to slap on uniforms, and badges to display in your profile. Some of them are cute! Unfortunately, they’re obtained through nasty little loot boxes – and these are not cheap. And surprisingly, the new cosmetics don’t include a new glove skin of HL: Alyx’s gravity gloves, something many had expected. (more…) Golly, everyone's on Steam right now for some reasonMar 16, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThe big daddy of PC game stores broke a new online user count yesterday with a whammin’ 20 million folks signed in. Sounds like everyone is at home perusing their game libraries for some reason. On the real, the spread of Covid-19 is certainly keeping folks home more than planned and PC gaming is, of course, a perfect indoor time-sink of a hobby. Good on ya for staying home to game if you’re able, folks. (more…) Have you played CS:GO Danger Zone?Mar 4, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunHave You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. It’s been over a year, and I still have yet to find an idea in any game that comes close to matching the brilliance of the interlocking hex-tablet-drone system in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive‘s battle royale mode, Danger Zone. It belongs to the extremely select class of new ideas in games that not only offers several compelling points of departure from the tried-and-tested genre formula, but also solves almost every single one of the problems that have plagued the genre since its inception. (more…) Grand FinaleMar 3, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/e5bb0764ed58f4f5c22033ce46eb4e23f5473b00.png We're in the final weeks of Operation Shattered Web, and players have until March 30th to play missions, earn progress, and redeem Operation rewards. Today the final mission card goes live which means we'll start issuing Diamond Operation Coins to users who have completed 100 missions. This week's card, "It's Time To Take Out The Trash", includes a second co-op Strike mission tasking players with finding and eliminating Franz Kriegeld. Don't let him escape!This weekend's ESL Pro Tour event has no arena audience after health authorities revoked the licenseFeb 28, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun This weekend, the ESL Pro Tour Masters Championship stops at Poland’s Spodek arena for three days of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and StarCraft II matches in the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2020. The arena can hold 11,500 spectators but while IEM Katowice sold out, it has no crowd. Last night, barely 15 hours before the event started, Polish authorities revoked its mass event license due to concerns about that there coronavirus. The matches are still going ahead, just with no spectators. ESL say they will refund IEM tickets but can’t refund travel and accommodation costs. (more…) Patch NotesFeb 24, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsToday’s update includes a revamped buy menu, a simple way to customize (and share) your crosshair, and an all new way to personalize your favorite agents! Introducing Patches {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/06b5ace2edb28884c4f0e891b6319ca78ec9e3bb.jpg Looking for a way to personalize your agent? Patches featuring a variety of classic designs can now be applied to specific locations on each character model, and you can apply more than one for each agent. You can find patches in the CS:GO Patch Pack, available now. Choose Your Own Crosshair {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/1fe3e4057655be8f7b26d844f036a9929aa47d85.jpg Customizing your crosshair has never been easier. Head over to the settings menu, where you’ll find a variety of crosshair settings that can be tuned to your personal taste. You can share your crosshair code with others or import a code to try someone else’s. Full Buy {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/41ac86edc7d6c0614d4396979ef9b97b7b56ed28.jpg Today’s update also includes a visual rework of the buy menu, featuring an interactive preview of your character holding weapons and equipment. Along with some slight rearranging, now you can preview the equipment you can afford with illuminated icons in the buy wheel. New operation missions – Light Buy {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/2dc5b5d0a9a979c1a890b8ef84508e6d5ac62380.png Maximize your earnings. Play new Shattered Web Operation missions beginning Tuesday at 2:00 pm PT. From Russia With LoveFeb 18, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/59b3a163092f88d5f35765087e865752d60606b9.png Grab an AK and queue for Cache and Train in Casual, Competitive, Wingman, and Guardian game modes.Pump up the VolumeFeb 11, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/72b7e0f1fac24479a7bd8cf67e1045fe3cf6b882.png Subtlety is not required when using the overpowered weapons in this week's missions. It is ok to make a little noise, go big, be bold, and have fun! Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hit a new record high playercount this weekendFeb 10, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun While Counter-Strike has long seemed one of those games that might just have found its final form and will now be around forever, I am surprised that it’s still breaking its own records. Over the weekend, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive set a new record for the number of people in-game online at the same time, beating a record set in April 2016. That was back before CS:GO went free-to-play, mind, but it’s taken a year for free CS to climb up and topple that mighty record. 901,681 players on Sunday, that’s the new high. (more…) Counter-Strike will soon start silencing abusive playersFeb 8, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun We’ve been there. You’re rushing long-A on Dust, asking for smoke cover, but the response is deadlier than any digital gunshot. A high-pitched wail ruptures your headset, puncturing eardrums and shattering glass. Your monitor’s ruined. When the dust settles and the ringing stops, the comms are wild with name-calling, homophobic slurs and swears that’d make a sailor blush. But mic screamers beware. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is about to take action against abusive communications by automatically muting troublesome teammates. (more…) Maximum ImpactFeb 4, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/d5f818823cce87b788573d3024ddf8e796bbbce8.png Show off your specialized skills while completing this week's varied set of missions!Steam servers went offline for a few hours, but they're back up nowJan 30, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Crikey, glad that’s over. It looked like we’d lost Steam for a couple of hours. Today’s outage not only affected store listings, community pages, friends lists and workshop access, but also took several of Valve’s lovely multiplayer gunshoots/wizard bashers/hat-acquirers offline. Countless poor Steam users were forced to do other things with their time – playing their Steam games alone, going elsewhere for their online kicks, or perhaps even stepping away from their computers entirely to make a nice cuppa. (more…) A Dry HeatJan 28, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/17dd9e1cb14c77dfe77b496ce4fe035b40ef0ac7.png This week's missions move the operation to areas which feature CS:GO's arid climates. Play Casual, Guardian, Wingman, and Deathmatch game modes on Dust II, Mirage, Shortdust and others. Stay hydrated.Raw AthleticismJan 21, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/9ad76c10222ae4796e6cb939ab43b12a9859e1eb.png The Shattered Web missions for week 10 are now ready to play! Get 15 default pistol kills in Deathmatch, 20 M4A1-S kills in Gaurdian: Canals, 5 kills with the enemy's rifle in Casual: Dust II, 3 knife kills in Arms Race, deal 100 utility damage in Competitive, and earn 5 aces in Wingman. Easy Peasy.Best PC games 2020: great games to download right nowJan 21, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunBelow you’ll find the list of the best PC games we recommend you play right now. These are games that are new, that are being freshly updated, or that are stone cold classics of their respective genres. This is a living list, which means we’ll be updating it throughout 2020 as we fall in love with new games. (more…) Just Having a Good DayJan 14, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/d82733d92487f0764ea2e00e60429d4b2ddc3613.png Repeat this soothing consolation should you run into any trouble completing this week's set of challenging missions. Italian JobJan 7, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/e50cec899af46458b1c3ec6bf60a9815d44a6b8f.png The itinerary for this Italian adventure features tours of five iconic locales in Casual, Competitive, Guardian, Wingman, and Deathmatch game modes. The biggest Counter-Strike moments of the last decadeJan 1, 2020 - PC GamerThe decade in Counter-Strike truly began on August 21, 2012, but the seven years since made up for its late start. In the 2010s Counter-Strike grew to become one of the largest esports in the world and arguably Valve's flagship game, depending on how you feel about Dota 2. And though its future is uncertain, Counter-Strike is in a far better place now than it was 10 years ago. Let’s look back on the evolution of Counter-Strike by examining the biggest moments in the series of the past decade. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive launches It's easy to forget that in 2010, Counter-Strike was in a tough spot. The community was split between the Counter-Strike 1.6 and Counter-Strike: Source for years, and Valve had given neither game the level of attention and updates we now expect from competitive games. By 2011, Valve announced a sequel, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. CS:GO aimed to unite both 1.6 and Source players, but interestingly, one of the initial goals of the project was also to bring the series to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 before a new generation of hardware appeared.  Longtime fans of the series didn't immediately switch over at launch, however, thanks to bugs and mechanical changes (for example, absence of flinch animations). For a time, CS' population was almost evenly split between three games, something I don't think we've ever seen in a competitive franchise. Fortunately, thanks to a number of quick updates in the early months of the game (and the addition of an item economy one year later), CS:GO began to stand on its own and unite Counter-Strike players new and old. Ninjas in Pyjamas domination  87 wins. Zero losses. That is the longest match winning streak on LAN in CS:GO history. And it is held by the game’s very first superteam: Ninjas in Pyjamas. When CS:GO launched, the Swedish organization brought together many of the stars of both 1.6 and Source and formed a squad that was unmatched. Even when their match streak was broken in 2013, NiP continued to win tournaments throughout the remainder of the year and into 2014. This culminated in a Major championship at ESL One: Cologne 2014 , the team’s only Major victory in five Grand Finals appearances. Their success helped raise the standard of play and the profile of CS:GO. All things must end, however, and NiP began to decline later that year. But in its period of dominance, the team spurred fellow CS:GO players and teams to greater competitive heights. Valve adds a new gun, experiences instant regret  Over the development of its most successful multiplayer shooter before CS:GO, Team Fortress 2, Valve had figured out a playbook for keeping the game interesting: make guns and items that subverts players' expectations, pulling the rug out from under them. On December 8, 2015, did exactly that when it introduced the R8 Revolver to CS:GO, but the effect it had was instantly harmful. What made the R8, dubbed the...Hot ShotDec 24, 2019 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/12ee6758465917cf531e11abfbc732d364d4f348.png The missions unlocking this week test your aim and ability. Play in Guardian, Danger Zone, Casual, Competitive and Death Match to earn your operation stars.Field TripDec 17, 2019 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/4b4e5518ae29d6c809eaec1beff0f86186e5bf57.png Leave the gear behind, we are going on a windy walk here. This week's missions reward those with a sense of adventure and an appreciation for the finer things. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/ac6cb740f79207d2f80203d9ce1cfabb79631732.png Yesterday, we released a new music kit featuring Scarlxrd. With heavy trap beats and unique delivery, 'King, Scar' brings a new and exciting musical subgenre. If you haven't already, grab a kit, gxxd luck and have fun!