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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's latest anti-cheat effort is Trusted modeJul 9, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Valve have expanded Counter-Strike: Global Offensive‘s anti-cheat tech with new restrictions blocking third-party software which interacts with the game. ‘Trusted mode’ cuts off certain types of cheat, which is good. It also has the side-effect of blocking popular legitimate software including Nvidia Freestyle graphics filters and certain modes in OBS, the video capture & streaming tool. That’s it working as intended but also, y’know, a bummer. Some people are reporting performance problems too. (more…) Counter-Strike GO experimenting with stricter anti-cheatJun 29, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun In the endless war of cheat vs. anti-cheat, Valve are considering serious measures to lock down programs hooking into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The new measures, currently being put through their paces in an opt-in public beta testing, will not let you join VAC-enabled servers if you launch CS with incompatible files loaded. This is, to be clear, not any sort of kernel driver like Valorant’s controversial Vanguard. The new anti-cheat feature is currently being tested in an opt-in public beta and seems a way away from launching properly, bringing crippling performance problems for some players right now. (more…) Seven CS:GO teams reportedly warned by Valve to resolve conflicts of interestJun 8, 2020 - The LoadoutValve has reportedly told seven notable esports organisations to resolve conflicts of interest in regards to team ownership before the next major in November. In an email obtained by HLTV, Valve reportedly lists three separate instances of ownership or co-ownership where competitive integrity could be threatened after the latest declarations of interests by CS:GO teams and players. Brazilian team Yeah, which is co-owned by four CS:GO pro players who represent three other teams, presents the most complicated of the three conflicts of interest. Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo and Ricardo "Dead" Sinigaglia of MIBR, Wilton 'Zews' Prado of Evil Geniuses, and Marcelo 'Coldzera' David of FaZe Clan all co-own the team and HLTV reports that Yeah has a financial agreement with Immortals Gaming Club (the parent company that owns MIBR). This agreement includes Immortals being able to buy out Yeah players for a set price each year. All this together means that there are a number of ways in which a conflict of interest could arise. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Astralis' Dev1ce admits he still "throws up" after finishing every CS:GO tournament Skadoodle officially switches from CS:GO to Valorant after signing for T1 You can play table tennis in CS:GO now Astralis' Dev1ce admits he still "throws up" after finishing every CS:GO tournamentJun 8, 2020 - The LoadoutAstralis AWPer Nicolai 'Dev1ce' Reedtz has admitted in an interview that he still suffers from stress-related symptoms after CS:GO events, including vomiting for "a day and a half" after competing. Dev1ce reveals to Danish sports broadcaster TV 2 Sport that the effects of his stress-induced Irritable Bowel Syndrome - which he first opened up about in 2018 after missing the final months of competing in 2017 - still plague him after finishing "every single tournament" he plays in. While the Astralis star admits it is something he has now learnt to live with, he says it can cause him to throw up for up to 36 hours after competing as his adrenaline levels fall. Despite telling HLTV earlier this year that he was feeling positive about Astralis choosing to decline tournament invitations and make the team's schedule less packed, it seems that the pressure, excitement, and nerves of competing are still affecting Dev1ce in a negative way. Astralis has been put under the microscope in recent weeks after both Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth and Lukas 'Gla1ve' Rossander took leave from the starting roster due to stress and burnout. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Seven CS:GO teams reportedly warned by Valve to resolve conflicts of interest Skadoodle officially switches from CS:GO to Valorant after signing for T1 You can play table tennis in CS:GO now Skadoodle officially switches from CS:GO to Valorant after signing for T1Jun 4, 2020 - The LoadoutIt was one of the first big organisations to commit to competitive Valorant during its beta, and now T1 has completed its five-man roster with the signing of CS:GO pro Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham. The 26-year-old has been relatively inactive in the competitive Counter-Strike scene over the last year or so, but previously found success with Cloud9, most notably winning Season 4 of the ESL Pro League and the 2018 ELEAGUE Major in Boston. Skadoodle has now made the switch over to Riot's first-person shooter and says he is "beyond excited to compete again" with T1. Skadoodle joins Austin 'Crashies' Roberts, Keven 'AZK' Larivière, Braxton 'Brax' Pierce, and Victor 'Food' Wong at T1 in what looks to be one of the most complete and fearsome looking Valorant rosters that has been formed to date. Skadoodle is regarded as one of the beta's top players and already has an impressive portfolio of big plays. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Seven CS:GO teams reportedly warned by Valve to resolve conflicts of interest Astralis' Dev1ce admits he still "throws up" after finishing every CS:GO tournament You can play table tennis in CS:GO now You can play table tennis in CS:GO nowJun 1, 2020 - The LoadoutThe Steam Workshop can be a strange place sometimes. And when the description of an add-on or map reads: "I don't know why I did this but it's quite fun," you know you've probably stumbled across something super strange. Well, guess what. You can now swap your AWP for a paddle if you so desire, because one creative fan has made a new table tennis mode for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. As featured in TL;DR, Reddit user Imaniakk posted a video of his weird creation, which is already the fifth most popular map on Workplace at the time of writing, that sees Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists aim to serve, spin, slice, and smash their way to points. Well, there might not be that much control over your paddle, but it still looks a good laugh. Over 31,000 CS:GO players have already subscribed to Imaniakk's table tennis mode and around 12,000 have upvoted his Reddit post. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Seven CS:GO teams reportedly warned by Valve to resolve conflicts of interest Astralis' Dev1ce admits he still "throws up" after finishing every CS:GO tournament Skadoodle officially switches from CS:GO to Valorant after signing for T1 You can now buy Warhammer 40k stickers for your Counter-Strike gunsMay 28, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun In the grim darkness of the near future, there is only De_dust2. But look further ahead and- oh! There it is! Only war. Now look back to the present and find the two have come together in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with new Warhammer 40,000 stickers now sold to slap on your virtual guns. CS’s stickers have always been a bit ‘teenager bunkbed’ so frankly I can’t think of a better match. It’s only weird that AK-47’s haven’t had “WAAAGH!” stickers all along. (more…) Shroud says good hardware doesn't make you a good playerMay 28, 2020 - The LoadoutIf you're into competitive games, there is always the temptation to upgrade your gear. From keyboards to CPUs to monitors, gear can almost always get better and the best players on the scene get the best of the best. However, one of the best Michael 'Shroud' Grzesiek says that good hardware doesn't make a player good despite what some people may think. Talking to his fans on stream in a video later uploaded to YouTube, Shroud gets asked if gaming hardware is a key factor in making a player good. "I don't think hardware is a factor in becoming a good player because you can learn so many things without having to upgrade your hardware right? You have a brain, you know what I'm saying? Like you use your brain for these game. You know it's not all the time about being mechanically gifted right?" The 25-year old does concede that of course hardware can make a difference but it's not a core part of the process. "Granted if you have shitty hardware your mechanics might be a little off but that's not that big of a crutch. Most of these games are all brainpower. You're processing information faster than another person and you're executing on it - that's how it is when you're playing the game right? So hardware, I don't think, makes a good player." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Skadoodle officially switches from CS:GO to Valorant after signing for T1 You can play table tennis in CS:GO now Astralis confirms Xyp9x is taking a break from CS:GO due to stress and burnout Hammer TimeMay 27, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/bbda55feae48fa01c740239ff4b1843bb07dbf2d.png Today we’re releasing the Warhammer 40,000 Sticker Capsule, featuring 17 unique stickers from across the 40K universe. From the paper Full Buy sticker to the foil Chaos Space Marine, collect and apply them to your weapons today; the Capsule is now available in-game! A Change of Scenery {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/adbc4c2710c5afd5fedbcedb36588ab58ed03b41.png The next time you launch CS:GO you'll find a new Video Setting which allows you to change your main menu background. Whether you prefer a light or dark feel, Anubis or Phoenix Facility, there's something for everyone. Small Details {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/f652aa72d5c2585637ce03a53fae0e0b8c7b4baa.png Lastly, we've recently added kill feed icons for blind kills, kills through smoke, flash kills, and no scope sniper kills. Today we're adding a new kill feed icon when players die from C4 explosions. Look for these the next time a CT forgets their Defuse Kit!Please watch this man perform videogame soundtracks on his Mongolian string instrumentMay 7, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun You know how it is. You think you’re into videogame soundtracks, then you go and hear someone perform ten of them on a Mongolian string instrument. I recently spent 20 minutes listening to a man do just that, and I think you should too. Genius Jaavka is the man. The morin khuur is his instrument. Songs from Horizon Zero Dawn (coming to PC this summer), Mortal Kombat, Dota 2 and Fortnite are just some of the ones he treats us to. He’s really very good. (more…) Five Australians charged over Counter-Strike: Global Offensive match fixingMay 5, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Five people were charged this Sunday with fixing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive matches, according to Victoria Police. If found guilty, they could face up to a decade in prison. (more…) Who made fy_iceworld? A forensic investigationApr 23, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun I frequent a Counter-Strike level design forum called Mapcore. There, a Dutch teenager who goes by “RD” (“RealDespair”) has long claimed to have been the original author of fy_iceworld. His now defunct portfolio site went on a lengthy rant about it: “Yes, you read it right. I am the creator of this unholy monster. When i created this map i had absolutely no idea how popular it would become. It is sad that there are many txt files in rotation from kids that claim to have made this map, but you have now stumbled upon the true author…” Was RD actually responsible for making one of the most influential and popular game maps of all time? I began a forensic investigation to verify its authorship, digging through the ancient detritus of dead Geocities pages, Angelfire websites, and Romanian file servers. I even datamined the fy_iceworld file for clues. I now know what “fy_” actually meant, and it wasn’t “fight yard.” Originally, it wasn’t even called fy_iceworld either! But let’s start from the beginning. (more…) Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive source code has been leakedApr 22, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunLooks like there’s a drip somewhere in Valve’s spigot. Source code for both Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has apparently been made public. The files appear to be from years ago, though that may not prevent present troublemakers from doing their thing. Some fan servers are worried enough that they’ve gone offline until they can assure that these leaks won’t compromise the security of players. So far it’s unclear where the leak originated, though of course that hasn’t stopped anyone from guessing or pointing fingers. Update: Valve have now responded to RPS to say they are still investigating but currently “have not found any reason for players to be alarmed or avoid the current builds” of either game.  (more…) The legacy of fy_iceworld, Counter-Strike's divisive and hugely popular custom mapApr 22, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun I remember playing a Counter-Strike map in 2001 called fy_iceworld. It was a small simple grey killbox of a map that virtually anyone could’ve made within the first few hours of downloading the editor tools. fy_iceworld quickly became one of the most popular and divisive CS maps at my school. I was, of course, one of the haters. I tried to convince my friends to vote against fy_iceworld on our local internet cafe’s CS server, but they argued that I was just salty about being bad at it (which was partly true) and they forced the mapchange anyway. Similar conversations played out across countless clan servers, cyber cafes, PC bangs, and LAN parties around the entire world. To properly gauge fy_iceworld’s influence and legacy, I asked several working level designers for their takes. Should we love it or bury it? (more…) Cleaning Out the CobwebsMar 31, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsOperation Shattered Web wraps up today. Thanks to all of the CS:GO players who participated–over the span of the operation, you completed over 136 million missions! The operation may be over, but there’s more to see in today’s update. Today we are adding two community created maps to our official matchmaking pool in Scrimmage and Casual game modes. Check out Anubis and Chlorine, two of the top finalists in Mapcore's 2019 Exotic Places map contest. Also today we are adding a new case, the Prisma 2 Collection! Lightly based on Anime/Manga themes, the collection features 17 community created weapon finishes, as well as the chance to receive a Horizon Collection knife in one of the Chroma finishes.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…)