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An AI watchdog could be the solution to Counter-Strike’s cheater problem

Early versions of AI agents trained to identify cheating Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players are already showing promising results, says Valve. …


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Revisiting the design of Counter-Strike’s most popular map

“These key points show how this map has become CS’s most played. How the level designer managed to create and balance this map is to be noted, all the while keeping the rhythm varied.” …


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Free-to-play Arctic Combat ‘borrows’ one of Counter-Strike’s maps

F2P Arctic Combat contains CounterStrike map
The new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has a few old Counter-Strike maps included, and that’s just fine, given that it’s all in the same franchise. But Webzen’s free-to-play shooter Arctic Combat has apparently taken some inspiration from Valve’s classic as well. PC Gamer notes in the video above that the “Sand Storm” map, included with the game, bears a striking similarity to de_dust2, a map that any CS player will immediately recognize.

As PC Gamer says, a few of the dimensions are off and a few crates have been moved, but from that opening spawn ramp down to the middle chokepoint and the side hallway, there’s no question this is a very familiar map. Arctic Combat is currently in closed beta, though once Valve catches word of this, you might not see “Sand Storm” playable any longer.

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