Counter-Strike turns 20 years old this week. On the anniversary of the legendary series, we remember some interesting facts, like: when hens first appeared in the shooter, why Condition Zero failed, and how the audience reacted to the release of Source. We will also look at which versions of CS were meant to conquer the Asian market.
The first release
On June 19, 1999, the first beta version of Counter-Strike was released. At that time, the game had only one mode – hostage rescue – nine types of weapons, and only four maps. The title also marked the release of the legendary cs_mansion. Seventeen beta tests were held before the official launch from Valve.
Let’s have a look at how the game changed:
The M4A1 had a focus (like the AUG)
In addition, the explosion of flashbangs could be delayed so that they exploded instantly after the throw. The AWP scope was also not the most overpowered weapon in the game.
The arrival of chickens
In June 2000, the future mascot of the series, the chicken, first appeared in the game! They first arrived in cs_italy and have been part of the game ever since. It is terrifying to think how many virtual chickens have died in CS over the past 19 years.
September-November 2000 – the legendary headshot icon was added to the game. This version of CS also marked the arrival of some weapons that have survived to the present day: UMP, Five-Seven pistol, and models for Terrorist and Counter-Terrorist forces.
March-April 2001 – release of version 1.1 with significant changes in the interface and gameplay, including:
- Arrival of Inferno and Dust2 in the game.
- AWP shots in the legs becoming no longer lethal.
- Removal of rifle scopes outside of zoom mode.
May 2002 – in version 1.4, the beloved Valve Anti-Cheat software appeared for the first time. It was at this point that Valve decided to deal with cheaters on their own and abandoned the popular module PunkBuster they had been using up to then. With the modern release of CS: GO, though, VAC efficiency has rapidly fallen: the cheat market has grown dramatically. The hackers have learned how to easily bypass the limitations of the module. However, Valve is now developing a new anti-cheat technology, and it is quite possible that it will arrive in the next few months.
In July 2003, one of the most memorable tournaments, the CPL 2003 Championship, took place. The competition had an incredible prize pool of $200 thousand. SK Gaming won the final, which included Potti and HeatoN – the future founders of Ninjas in Pajamas .
Arrival of the Famas
September 2003 – version 1.6 was released, which many people still play today. The title marked the arrival of some weapons such as the Galil AR and the Famas. The game also introduced the legendary tactical shield, which was the target of its fair share of criticism.