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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!Sniper's DenDec 10, 2019 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/b7ae7cadb15fff7b3063a74bfb4e5bde4680e056.png Hold an angle and keep your opponents locked down; the missions in week 4 of Operation Shattered Web feature a number of sniper-based scenarios built to test your mettle. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/e56e081f9f8d214651b2314971e95c41bd5b4d9a.jpg Happy Holidays! It is that magical time of year once again, the Ts have wrapped up their special package, the chickens put on their holiday sweaters, and you can toss a few snowballs at your friends.The best games of the decade on PCDec 6, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun It’s been an eventful decade for PC games, and it would be hard for you to summarise everything that’s happened in the medium across the past ten years. Hard for you, but a day’s work for us. Below you’ll find our picks for the 50 best games released on PC across the past decade. (more…) A Day at the OfficeDec 3, 2019 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/a2d9d274394f3e924827c0eae2db9155e1ffbc3b.png No reports will be filed, collated, copied or stapled this week. Six more Shattered Web missions unlock today and the office is definitely getting wrecked. New Shattered Web Missions UnlockedNov 26, 2019 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/72d491220202e13d701c16c0ac1dd18054007d6e.png This week's collection of missions, Secret Agent Man, unlocks today! Grab your MP5-SD and quietly make your mark on Nuke. Earn more stars in a variety of game modes to advance your Shattered Web Operation Coin and reap the rewards! Teenager identifies over 14,000 CS:GO cheaters with homebrewed AINov 26, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunAlgorithms aren’t the answer to everything, but they can help you catch Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cheaters. A teenager going by “2Eggs” has apparently identified 14,000 of the buggers, knocking together an AI that can analyse reports of potential cheaters in a fraction of the time it would take a human. He’s called it HestiaNet, after the Greek goddess “of hearth and fire”. I’m happy enough for the over-performing bedroom AI to have a grandiose name, even though that number might have more to do with Valve’s own software than Eggs’es. (more…) Operation Shattered WebNov 19, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsIntroducing Operation Shattered Web. For the first time in CS:GO, bring your favorite character into battle with all-new equippable agents. Earn rewards featuring the new agents, all-new weapon collections, stickers, graffiti, and more through a new battle pass format. Complete weekly Operation Missions in various game modes including Co-op Guardian and a new Co-op Strike Mission! See the rewards and learn more at the Operation Shattered Web page. Purchase the Operation Pass and start earning rewards today! Complete missions to earn stars and unlock up to 41 separate rewards. Haven't purchased a pass? All users can still play missions, participate in all game modes, and purchase a pass at any time to receive all rewards associated with your progress. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/d81306d2d9581df32202e9dcc2c8451797af091a.png Operation Rewards Characters For the first time in CS:GO, unlock all-new T and CT-sided characters equippable on any map. All-new CT Operators and T Agents are available as mission progress rewards. Complete missions and earn Stars to unlock them and equip them for deployment. Or equip the default Local Agent or Operator to use the pre-existing map-based characters. New Collections Earn rewards from the all-new Norse, St. Marc, Canals, and Shattered Web weapon collections. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/3ffc2128a483c8421020e052cbb646312522b8ea.png Shattered Web Knives Introducing four new knives in original finishes. Open a Shattered Web Case for a chance at one of four new knives, the Paracord handled field knife, the Survival, the Nomad, and the Skeleton knife. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/17d01b484bde64b5f848eb95172a6e79e036dc5e.png Shattered Web Sticker Collection Collect all-new Shattered Web stickers, featuring designs by daniDem, available only as rewards during Operation Shattered Web. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/1b3247fc87d38d7e98d02102d6e3c5bddca27059.png Missions Receive new missions each week. Complete missions to earn stars, unlock rewards, bonus XP and Operation Coin upgrades. Learn more at the Operation Shattered Web page. https://store.steampowered.com/app/730 Esports pros face same stress levels as football and rugby stars, new study statesNov 19, 2019 - EurogamerStress levels faced by top-level esports players are equal to those experienced by professional athletes. That's according to a new study from the University of Chichester, which looked at the psychological impact of major esports contests on those taking part. The study, titled Identifying Stressors and Coping Strategies of Elite Esports Competitors, will be published in the International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations. Read more CS:GO's new battle pass adds character, but can't leave loot boxes behindNov 19, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has never been all that interested in world-building. It’s an esport: the pro players are the real characters, inhabiting faceless Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists in high stakes matches where every bullet counts. Operation Shattered Web mixes things up, bringing a host of new player skins with CS:GO’s first-ever battle pass. Now, you can stride through time-worn battlefields as a gruff n’ tough special-force veteran or notorious global criminal of your choosing. Unless you want to be a woman. There’s only one of those. (more…) Counter-Strike has characters nowNov 18, 2019 - PC GamerFor 20 years, Counter-Strike players have worn generic character skins into their minutes-long matches. In-game terrorist factions like the "Phoenix Connexion" or "Elite Crew" have fought spec-ops groups like GSG-9 and the SAS. Through the immeasurable repetition of CS, these drab default outfits embedded themselves in the identity of the game. With Operation Shattered Web, that's changing. "For the first time in CS:GO, unlock all-new T and CT-sided characters equippable on any map," writes Valve on a microsite announcing the update. "All-new CT Operators and T Agents are available as mission progress rewards. Complete missions and earn Stars to unlock them and equip them for deployment. Or equip the default Local Agent or Operator to use the pre-existing map-based characters." The new characters are unlockable, equippable skins, essentially. There are 22 of them, and Valve uses rarity-like descriptors like "Superior Agent" and "Exceptional Agent" to distinguish them. The highest tier are "Master Agents," like Lt. Commander Ricksaw or Special Agent Ava of the FBI. These four characters come with special voice lines and animations (presumably third-person, end-of-match celebrations, not first-person animations).  Shattered Web, CS:GO's first operation in two years, is $15. That's a bump from the $6 that operations like Hydra (2017) and Wildfire (2016) were priced at. These earlier operations mostly introduced new maps and modes to CS:GO, which Shattered Web also includes: Studio, Lunacy, and Jungle, each available in different modes of play. A package of new skins, stickers, and cosmetic graffiti are also available. Workshop Update: Mac-10Nov 8, 2019 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/d51fb263e01741a378f4d361e0ba107d3004d349.png The Mac-10 had some quality of life improvements made to the UV and cavity maps in the recent game update. These changes were made to correct the inconsistent wear patterns, fix factory new finishes with noticeable wear, and to make the projected texture easier to work with. These updates are now reflected in the Workshop Resources. If you have a Custom Paint Job, Gunsmith, or Patina Mac-10 finish posted to your workshop, we recommend that you update these finishes using the new resources. We also welcome contributors that have already had their Mac-10 submissions included in the game to update the submission if they notice any discrepancies after this update. The best FPS games on PCNov 1, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun The best shooters endure. While other genres warp beyond recognition, there is something solid about the first-person shooter that makes it as dependable as a nice big AK-47. Maybe it s the gung-ho simplicity – look down a barrel and pull the trigger. It’s as fun to fire a double-barrelled shotgun from an early 90s FPS as the slick shotties of today. For that reason, this list runs the gamut from genre classics to those released in the last year. There’s bound to be something for you in this, our list of the best 50 FPS games on PC. Let s lock and/or load. (more…) Valve block Counter-Strike loot key reselling to fight money launderingOct 29, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun From today, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive‘s loot box keys can no longer be resold on Steam’s marketplace. Valve are putting a lock on their keys because of the global gangs of evil-doers who were using the keys to launder money. From now on, any key bought will be bound to the purchaser’s account. (more…) CS:GO container keys can no longer be resold because they were being used for money launderingOct 28, 2019 - PC GamerCounter-Strike: Global Offensive container keys, which are purchased with real money and used to unlock the game's equivalent of loot boxes, can no longer be resold. In other words, the keys will not be able to leave the purchasing account, thus making it impossible to sell them on the Steam Community Market. The reason? Valve has learned that they're being used to launder money. "In the past, most key trades we observed were between legitimate customers," the company wrote on the Counter-Strike website.  "However, worldwide fraud networks have recently shifted to using CS:GO keys to liquidate their gains. At this point, nearly all key purchases that end up being traded or sold on the marketplace are believed to be fraud-sourced. As a result we have decided that newly purchased keys will not be tradeable or marketable." The statement adds that while some (but clearly not many) legitimate users may be affected, "combating fraud is something we continue to prioritize across Steam and our products". Valve also notes in its statement that "pre-existing CS:GO container keys are unaffected–those keys can still be sold on the Steam Community Market and traded." It's a big deal to have Valve directly acknowledge that keys are being used for money laundering, and of course, it's not the first time CS:GO's reward systems have been used in shady ways. CS:GO skin gambling came under the spotlight in 2016 when two prominent YouTubers were found to be heavily promoting without disclosure their own skin lottery website. Valve gave chase, issuing more than 20 cease-and-desist orders against similar sites, but that didn't stop the Washington State Gambling Commission from getting involved. In response to looming regulation in France, last month a CS:GO update introduced a new X-ray Scanner for that country, which basically allows users to check the content of containers before they're unlocked.  Google's AI moderation shows results in Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveOct 28, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunCounter-Strike: Global Offensive became a slightly less accurate name, as 20,000 accounts have been banned from FaceIt’s platform since late August by the recently-unleashed admin AI Minerva. After months spent in machine learning trials, the system built with Google tech led to a 20% reduction in the number of toxic messages between August and September according to FaceIt’s blog.

I’ve changed my mind. Algorithms are good now.

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20,000 toxic CS:GO players banned in six weeks by FACEIT and Google's new chat AIOct 26, 2019 - PC GamerA new AI built to combat toxicity in online gaming has banned 20,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players within its first six weeks, solely by analyzing messages in the game's text chat. The AI is called Minerva, and it's built by a team at online gaming platform FACEIT—which organised 2018's CS:GO London Major—in collaboration with Google Cloud and Jigsaw, a Google tech incubator. Minerva started examining CS:GO chat messages in late August, and in the first month-and-a-half marked 7,000,000 messages as toxic, issued 90,000 warnings, and banned 20,000 players.  The AI, trained through machine learning, first issued a warning for verbal abuse if it perceived a toxic message, while also flagging spam messages. Within a few seconds of a match finishing, Minerva sent notifications of either a warning or a ban to the offending player, and punishments grew harsher for repeat offenders. The number of toxic messages reduced from by 20% between August and September while the AI was in use, and the number of unique players sending toxic messages dropped by 8%.  The trial started after "months" of eliminating false positives, and it's only the first step in rolling out Minerva to online games. "In-game chat detection is only the first and most simplistic of the applications of Minerva and more of a case study that serves as a first step toward our vision for this AI," FACEIT said in a blog post. "We’re really excited about this foundation as it represents a strong base that will allow us to improve Minerva until we finally detect and address all kinds of abusive behaviors in real-time." "In the coming weeks we will announce new systems that will support Minerva in her training." Thanks, PCGamesN.