I recently made my first online Steam purchase. Counter Strike: Global Offensive. A first person shooter game made by the legendary company known as Valve. Not only was the game on my ‘to buy’ list for a while but the series in general was just something that I’ve been meaning to take a look at. Now that I’ve finally gotten around to tackling the behemoth, I can see what the fuss is all about … kinda.
Don’t get me wrong, the game is as solid as a diamond is dense. The mechanics and everything are pretty darn great, even if they take a lot of getting used to. The community however is like the surprise anchovy on a non-traditional capriciosa pizza. It’s unpleasant, unforgiving and comes out of nowhere. The amount of abuse a new player can cop simply for being ‘bad’ at the game or about anything in general is just astoundingly horrible. One player asked if I was ‘touched in the head’ for not being able to snap my crosshairs onto an incoming enemy in time. I mean, I’ve never used a mouse to aim a virtual weapon before in my life. But this explanation didn’t seem to be worthy of understanding or sympathy.
That MAG-7 weapon is probably my favourite. The fast reloading pump action shotgun, I think. Since I seem to have a nasty knack for running into people in tightly knit spaces. Yeah, it’s not exactly the cheapest of those weapons but it’s ok. What bugs me as that most of the weapons that I am comfortable with are only on the good guy’s side.
Apparently I’ve also heard that you can learn Russian in just a week on this game. Not sure what that is supposed to mean but I am looking forward to learning another language.