08-23-2012 01:59 AM - edited 08-23-2012 02:19 AM
Hello fellow CS fans,
My friends and I have been playing CS ever since the first beta version. While you can call multiplayer games today sociable thanks to PSN and integrated online chat, getting a good game going back in 1999 was a true sociable event, which meant to haul your PC and super heavy CRT over to your friends house for a LAN party. Believe it or not, but back in those days Internet flatrates were pretty expensive and not available for everyone, so people who paid on a dial in basis couldn't afford to play online at all. Even though it was a real hassle to drag your whole desktop PC setup to your friend's house, spending an hour setting everything up to perfection, for a LAN party, which at best only lasted two days over the weekend, it's an experience I sorely miss. There is nothing more entertaining than witnessing the frustration of your losing friends face to face and vice versa, something PSN can't replicate. It's just like having a board game night, you can play Catan online, but it's just not the same thing.
To get to the topic of this thread though. After one of those LAN parties my friend invited me to stay for a week or so. I thought to myself "why not", summer vacation just started, my family didn't have any plans and honestly, what else can a pasty looking geek do during the summer instead of sitting in a darkened room in front of his PC playing gameswith his best friend all day long!? Nothing more entertaining than that, am I right? ;P
We exclusively played CS, but soon we realized that two people playing a team based mp game just isn't as much fun. On day two that changed. One reason CS maps are so special is their vertical gameplay. It was my turn to play Terrorist, but instead of guarding the hostages I started to hide in elevated positions. My buddy who was sitting a few feet away, a bit separated in a smaller boxroom, was starting to wonder where I am. Round after round he escorted the hostages to safety without any opposing force. On the third round though that was about to change. He was happily escorting the hostages to the safe zone in cs_italy, when all of a sudden he heard me scream "Tiiiiiiiiiiiiick" and I dropped down from the balcony above with my knife only. The scream was so blood curdling he almost fell off his chair, as he was watching helplessly how I slaughtered him and his hostages knife only.
And just like that a new CS two player mode was born, thanks to the stupid myth that ticks drop on their victims from trees. Suddenly CS turned into a psycho thriller. The fact there is no music in the game and that you can hear the footsteps of your opponent from a mile away made it even worse for your victims. Todays maps are streamlined and so clinically designed to keep campers at bay, but Counter Strike maps offer nooks and crannies to hide in left and right. I was dropping from roofs, vents, balconies, hiding behind corners, in the back of the jeep on cs_assault, and every time he heard me scream "Tiiiick" he almost shat his pants.
It was hilarious!!!
Definitely one of my most favorite CS memories I have, that you can't replicate over PSN unless you and your friend are in the same room!
It's this simplicity I miss the most in modern multiplayer FPS games and the thing I'm most excited about with the arrival of the graphically updated Counter Strike Global Offensive.
"Quick, look behind you! It's the Tick! Waaaaaah!" -Grim-FunDango