Counter strike is series of First Person multiplayer shooter that involves two sides Terrorist and Counter Terrorist battle. Counter Strike or CS originally started out as a modification from the game Half-Life when valve corporation finally owned the rights to in 2000. Why I chose this game is because CS has been a huge part of my life, in which I started playing since condition zero when I was in 4th grade. I as of today still do play Counter Strike Global Offensive which is the latest release of this series. However today we will be discussing CS 1.6 in which I chose for this blog due to its series of game modification modes. A point I like to bring up from Stockberg , “changing a functional or aesthetic element in an existing game.This often critical or ironic intervention is referred to as modification (mod) or patch.” It is interesting because counter strike started out as a modification however, as the years progress, more and more mods have been included to the game such as jail break or zombie mods. All these modification have improved the game and attracted more people to play.
The original developer of the models in Counter strike came from the game Half Life, most of the models in the game was taken from Half Life, like the zombies above. Using Stockberg’s theory of creating aesthetics through modification Counter strike is a perfect example. Think about how old this game currently is, around 20 years or close to, (talking about half-life models) and compare it to the models today. The evolution of aesthetics using previous models and improving it year by year is considered good art. The Hegemony of play as discussed earlier in our class, is perfectly shown from Counter strike as it evolves and how the graphics transgressed and improved throughout the years have definitely enhanced the game.
What is amazing about Counter Strike is all the modifications it has went through. Different mods have been added to the game so that gameplay changes completely. The original intent of the game was a fight between terrorist and counter terrorist. But mods such as jail break in which players are selected as the warden (counter terrorist) and the terrors are considered the prisoners terrorists. In this game modification, the wardens have instructions for the prisoners to follow and if they fail to follow they lose their life. While following these orders, the prisoners are allowed try and slip away to find guns that are stashed around the map. The round ends when one side is eliminated. From this modifications definitely improve game play, but also the aesthetics. Different player models and object models can be used and incorporated in a mod. These mods allow the developer or artist to create a a story in their own vision.