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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gets missions and new rewards with Operation Breakout

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's latest update, Operation Breakout, brings six highly rated community-created maps to the shooter, along with the introduction of mission drops, developer Valve announced yesterday. The six new maps — BlackGold, Castle, Insertion, Mist, Overgrown and Rush — are available in casual, deathmatch and competitive modes in official matchmaking to everybody from now until Oct. 2. CS: GO players can also purchase the Operation Breakout All-Access Pass for $5.99 to open up a variety of additional content. As usual, buyers will receive a challenge coin for the operation. In addition, Operation Breakout introduces missions, which provide rewards for completing certain tasks like getting a set amount of kills with a certain gun and winning a particular match...

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Four seconds, four bodies: Watch this amazing Counter-Strike: GO knife takedown

During a livestreamed match of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive this weekend, streamers Jaryd "Summit" Lazar and "Weeds" — and just about everyone else on their team — were surprised to find themselves on the receiving end of a very skilled counter-terrorist player's knife. Allegedly wielded by a 14-year-old player named "Dragunov," the CT makes surprisingly short work of the enemy team. The vicious knife attack is over in a flash, but the set up — the shocked reactions from a couple ex-pro and veteran Counter-Strike players — and the confused realization of what just happened are worth watching.

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Counter Strike: GO tournament hits Gamescom, ESL's second

The Electronic Sports League will host its second tournament for online tactical shooter Counter Strike: Global Offensive during Gamescom 2014, organizers announced today. The tournament, currently with a community-funded prize pool of $250,000, will be held Aug. 14-17 in Cologne, Germany alongside the popular gaming convention. ESL's last Counter Strike-focused event was held at the the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland earlier this year. The top eight teams from this event have been invited to participate in the Cologne tournament, with eight additional team slots to be filled through regional qualifiers in Europe, North America and Australia. "After our thrilling event in Katowice, we are excited to once again host a tournament with a community funded prize pool," said Ulrich...

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive coming to Linux, says Newell

A Linux version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is in development, said Valve studio head Gabe Newell in a Reddit AMA today. "It's being worked on but we don't have an ETA," said Newell in response to a question about Global Offensive on Linux. Valve released Global Offensive in August 2012 on Mac, PlayStation Network, Windows PC and Xbox Live Arcade. The objective-based first-person shooter was the first entry in the Counter-Strike franchise to debut on consoles alongside the PC release. Global Offensive contains updates to classic modes and maps from the original Counter-Strike, as well as a bunch of new content. It seems that the Linux version of Global Offensive will arrive sooner rather than later. Asked about Half-Life 3, Newell gave a different kind of response regarding a...

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Counter-Strike GO's Operation Phoenix brings back fan-favorite maps, new finishes

The latest operation for Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive brings back an octet of fan-favorite, community-created maps across a variety of modes — a chance for players to give back to and benefit from the community. CS:GO's Operation Phoenix sees the return of eight maps — Cache, Downtown, Motel, Seaside, Thunder, Ali, Favela and Agency — which will be playable in casual, competitive and deathmatch modes on Steam. Operation Phoenix's maps were chosen by CS:GO players in a poll that asked fans to vote on which community-made maps should return from previous operations. Counter-Strike players who purchase an Operation Phoenix coin for $2.99 will get unlimited access to the eight maps as well as exclusive drops that grant access to top-voted,...

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Riot Games looks into the psychology of online sportsmanship at this year's GDC

The lineup for this year's GDC 2014 will feature sessions from Riot Games and Valve, it was confirmed today. The announcement was made on the official GDC website, which highlighted the upcoming talks from Jeffrey Lin, lead designer of Riot's social systems, and Valve technical artist Bronwen Grimes. Lin's talk, titled "Enhancing Sportsmanship in Online Games," presents the latest findings in social psychology to demonstrate how different compositions of players affect the level of cooperation. Grimes' keynote, "Building the Content that Drives the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Economy," will explain how Valve used only two artists to create all the art assets for this game. Additionally, artist Peter Chan, known best for his work developing concept art for Grim Fandango, will...

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Link Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to Twitch for DLC

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players can receive in-game content through a new option to link the game to their Twitch account, Twitch announced today. Users can head here to link Twitch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and once they do, they'll be eligible to earn in-game content tied to an upcoming tournament, the 2013 DreamHack SteelSeries CS:GO Championship. People who spectate live tournament matches on Twitch will have the chance to pick up DreamHack Winter 2013 Souvenir Packages, which contain special items that can be used in Global Offensive. "Among those ushering in a new wave of innovation is Valve, whose Steam-connected item drops showcase a fresh way to leverage live broadcasts," said Matthew DiPietro, vice president of marketing for Twitch, in a press release. T...

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World of Warcraft composer forms video game tribute band

The lead composer on World of Warcraft announced his video game tribute band Critical Hit today, along with the band's debut album, which includes covers of the main themes from Tetris, Pokémon, Halo 2 and Metal Gear Solid 2. Jason Hayes is an in-house composer for Blizzard Entertainment. He has contributed to the soundtracks of video games like Dota 2, StarCraft, Warcraft 3, Diablo 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. For Critical Hit, he brings together professional violinists, guitarists, pianists, flautists and percussionists to perform original arrangements from some of the world's most well-known video games. The band's debut album, Critical Hit: Volume One, is now available for pre-order for $14.99. Hayes will sign copies of the album that are pre-ordered between now and...

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Counter-Strike: GO now lets you watch top players compete

A new update to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive adds the option to let players watch live, in-progress matches being played by pros and highly-ranked players. On the official Counter-Strike blog, Valve calls the option an opportunity to "see how the highest ranked CS:GO players approach the game." Counter-Strike: GO's new Watch menu also lets its players download and watch their personal match history to review highlights and learn from their mistakes. In GOTV Theater, players can watch a continuous stream of the best-of-the-best live matches. The update also fixes a handful of in-game bugs and some GOTV quirks. Valve also notes that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Operation Bravo promotion — a bundle of eight community-made maps and exclusive weapon skins — is currently 50...

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Valve shows Steam Controller in action with Portal 2, Civ 5, more

In a new video posted to its YouTube channel, Valve engineer Jeff Bellinghausen shows off the developer's new dual trackpad-powered Steam Controller, illustrating how effective it can be when playing primarily mouse and keyboard-controlled games. Bellinghausen plays a variety of games with the prototype controller, from Valve-developed first-person shooters Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Portal 2, to strategy game Civilization 5 and mouse pointer-controlled indie game Papers, Please. The demo shows a number of control schemes, including "legacy mode" controls in Portal 2, a standard keyboard-and-mouse replacement, as well as custom control bindings that can be used to navigate a strategy game like Civ 5. Valve says it will post additional game demonstrations soon, "including...

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  • Steam
    • Released 08/21/2012
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    • Released 08/21/2012
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    • Released 08/21/2012
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