Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Counter-Strike is a multiplayer first-person shooter game (FPS), initially developed as a modification (mod) for Half-Life, one of the most acclaimed single-player FPS games of all time, by Minh Le and less Cliffe in 1999. The game rapidly gained popularity with the online FPS community, leading Half-Life developers Valve to employ Le and Cliffe to further develop the game and eventually bundle it with later versions of Half-Life, distributed on Steam, Valve's digital distribution platform. Counter-Strike is an online multiplayer game with no single-player content (although a single-player version called Counter-Strike Condition Zero was released in 2004). The game takes place on a series of “maps,” or small areas in which two teams, Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists, compete over a number of short rounds (usually lasting two to three minutes) to complete a particular objective. The two most common objectives are: bomb defusing and ...