Complete Noobs Guide to Not-so-Noob

The following guide is what you might expect to pay good money for, if you are a complete and total noob-case, that is. This is just a little history and general info that actually is being pedaled elsewhere as useful strategery, but if you really want to be recognized wherever you go, you'll need the Counter-Strike Source Guide with CS Pwnage Training Videos Otherwise, enjoy the article... Game Play Counter-Strike is a team-based, first-person shooter in which players join either the terrorist or counterterrorist team. Each team attempts to complete their mission objective and/or eliminate the opposing team. Each round starts with the two teams [[spawning (computer gaming) |spawning]] simultaneously, as one of eight different default character models (four to choose from for each the counter-terrorist and terrorist teams. ‘‘[[CounterStrike: Condition Zero]]'' added two extra models, bringing the total to ten). Each player generally starts with $800 (although the starting amount can be edited by a server administrator), two magazines of ammunition, a knife, and a pistol: a [[Heckler & Koch USP]] .45 Tactical for counter-terrorists, and a [[GLOCK 18|GLOCK 18c]] for terrorists. Players are generally given a few seconds before the round begins (known as "freeze time") to buy equipment, during which they cannot attack, be attacked, or walk/move. Players are given a certain amount of time (90 seconds is the default) to buy equipment whilst in a "buy zone" (some neutral "buy zones" can be used by both teams). Once the round has ended, surviving players retain their equipment for use in the next round; players who were killed begin the next round with the default starting equipment. Standard monetary bonuses are awarded for winning a round, losing a round, killing an enemy, instructing a hostage to follow, rescuing a hostage or planting the bomb. The scoreboard displays team scores in addition to statistics for each player: name, score (kills), deaths, and [[Ping (video games)|ping]] (in milliseconds). The scoreboard also indicates whether a player is dead, carrying the bomb (on bomb maps), or is the VIP (on assassination maps), although information on players on the opposing team is hidden from a player until his/her death, as this information can be important. Killed players become "ghosts" for the duration of the round; they cannot change their names until they spawn(come alive) again, text chat cannot be

sent to or received from live players; and voice chat can only be received from live players and not sent to them (unless the [[CVAR|cvar]] sv_alltalk is set to 1). Many of the new FY (fun yard) maps allow dead players to communicate with living players. Ghosts are generally able to watch the rest of the round from multiple selectable views, although some servers disable some of these views to prevent dead players from relaying information about living players to their teammates through alternative media (most notably voice in the case of [[Internet cafe]]s and [[Voice over IP]] programs such as [[TeamSpeak]] or [[Ventrilo]]). This technique, known as "ghosting," is considered cheating in many tactical shooters. Realism Counter-Strike is meant to be more realistic than futuristic [[first-person shooters]] such as ''[[Quake III Arena]]'' and ''[[Unreal Tournament]]'', but is also built to keep the action flowing faster than more realistic tactical shooters such as the ''[[Rainbow Six (computer game)|Rainbow Six]]'' and ''[[Ghost Recon]]'' series. Relatively few hits are required to kill a player, and shots to different parts of the body inflict varying amounts of damage. However, damage has no permanent bearing on ability to run or jump, allowing a player with just a few hit points remaining to keep fighting just as well as any other player. Movement and running speed, however, are momentarily restricted for about a second after taking damage from enemy attacks. All weapons have a 1 shot head shot kill unless shot through a wall or from long range. Many weapons can be fired through walls for half damage. Maps The maps in Counter-Strike determine the game play and mission objectives. There are three official types of maps in Counter-Strike: ''[[Hostage]] rescue'' maps, identified by "cs" before the name (e.g. cs_militia), where the counter-terrorist team's objective is to free several [[non-player characters]] that are present near the terrorist base; ''[[Bomb defusal]]'' maps, identified by "de," (e.g. de_dust), where the terrorist team must try to plant explosives at specific sites in the map and protect it for a set amount of time while the counter-terrorists attempt to defuse it; and ''[[Assassination]]'' maps, with an "as," (e.g. as_oilrig), in which one member of the counter-terrorist team becomes a ''[[Very Important Person|VIP]]'', and must be protected from [[assassination]] until he reaches an escape zone (this type is absent from Counter-Strike: Source). In earlier beta versions of the game another official type called ''Terrorist Escape'' also existed. Players also have the ability to create their own maps using the [[Valve Hammer Editor]].

Culture ''Counter-Strike'' is famous for its surrounding culture, which includes everything from professional gamers and leagues to excessive cheating and Noobile behavior. Certain professional teams (such as SK Gaming, Team 3D, and fnatic) have come to earn a living out of it. Super-noob Cheating groups, such as myg0t, JAPS, Rage-Xtreme, and 187ci, have been known to create chaos in the game by sporkng the mic, using wireless commands, or even offing the whole team in one go. This latter act of madness is also known as raging or griefing. Mods and scripts Though ''Counter-Strike'' is itself a mod, it has developed its own community of script writers and modders. Some mods add Computer game bot bots, while others remove features of the games which some less-than-imaginative players found annoying, while yet others create different modes of play. Some of the most popular mods give server administrators more flexible and efficient control over his or her server. "Admin plugins", as they are commonly called, have become very popular. There are some mods which affect game play heavily, such as Gun Game, where players start with a basic pistol and must score kills to receive better weapons, and Zombie Mod, where one team consists of Zombies and must "spread the infection" by killing the other team (using only the knife). Other mods provide new weapon skins. ==Cheating== Counter-Strike has been a prime target for exploitation by cheaters since its release. In-game, cheating is often referred to as 'hacking (though this is not proper geek-speak- it is the coders, not the end-users, of the cheats that might be rolled on as hackers). Typical cheats: * Wallhacks, which allow the player to see through walls. These work by altering the display driver to display objects that are normally obscured. * Speedhacks, which give the player increased speed. These work by sending false synchronization data to servers. * Norecoil, which keeps the players gun shooting straight without a kickback by removing gun physics. * Aimbots, which help the player aim at enemies. These work by moving the player's view to anticipate an enemy's position. * ESP, which shows textual information about the enemy, such as, health, name, and distance * Barrel hack, which shows a line that depicts where the enemy is looking * Anti-flash and anti-smoke, which remove the Hand_grenade#Stun_grenades flashbang and Hand_grenade#Smoke_grenades|smoke grenade

effect. * Grenade Dodger, which moves player farther or closer to a grenade, depending on settings. Valve Software|Valve has implemented an anticheat system called Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC). Cheating Noobies on a VAC enabled server risk having their account permanently banned from all VAC secured servers. With the first version of VAC, a ban took force almost instantly after being detected, and the cheater had to wait 2 years to have the account unbanned. Since VAC's second version, cheaters are not banned automatically. Rather, they are banned according to a delayed banning system, and bans are never lifted. Many cheats are still not detected by VAC, and often the only effective anticheat device is a human administrator watching an online game. Cheaters beware- the next generation of ant-cheat software could very well involve a Kiss-of-Death Ant-Noobbot Ping Stng. Oh, that it were so. Well, I can dream, can't I? What fun we could have... That's all i have in this version of your C/S educational series... But if you're serious about applying more than noob-like skill to your strategies in the world of counter-terrorism, then get your fresh backside over to the merchandise table and pick up your copy of the Counter-Strike Source Guide complete with 60 pages of hard-core strategy that will plummet your no-name persona into instant gamer hall-of-not-so-lame. Includes 5 action-packed videos and growing. Get the full scoop

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