These days, if you want to compete online, you have to compete with Counter-Strike. Close to half a million players regularly play on more than 200,000 servers, running through the well-worn corridors of Dust, Militia and Aztec. And it all started with two friends working from their college dorm.
But Counter-Strike ’s success has been down to its ability to adapt and change - the reason it’s so long-lived is that it’s never static. Each new version brings new weapons, maps and ideas; some survive to be loved by players, others fall by the wayside. Here’s how it’s developed.