CS:GO Survey Open! Participate to [Maybe] Avail a Beta Key

The official Counter Strike blog has put up a new Steam-only survey for the upcoming team-based shooter Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). Completing this Steam-only survey may allow a player to receive a beta key to CS:GO. Developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation,Counter Strike: Global Offensive is the multiplayer first person tactical shooter to look out for this year.


The beta program for CS:GO started last week with some 7,000 beta keys being given away to players of Counter Strike: Source and Counter Strike 1.6 directly on Steam, Valve’s digital distribution platform. About 2,000 more keys had gone out to other community websites from the developer. Now, with the online beta is kicking off with a Steam based survey with a random selection of players to get the most diverse amount of feedback on the game:-

Over the coming months we will make selections from the survey participants. Sometimes we might add experienced players, other times new players. Sometimes 1.6 players, sometimes CSS players, sometimes people who have played neither.

To take the survey, make sure you are logged in to the Steam client on your computer. Initially, the survey identifies the components of your computer and your internet connection speed, then you are taken to a web-based survey with a lot of rather odd questions on weapon preference, game preference (CSS or CS1.6) and other questions. Take the survey here.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive–Tentative Concept Art and Map List Leak

Counter Strike: Global Offensive is the newest planned Counter Strike game that aims to completely revamp the series from its somewhat outdated setting and places and bring it back into modern day insurgency and counter insurgency skirmishes in and around the world. Valve is looking to add new factions and weaponry as well as new locations for players to battle out in teams in what was arguably the most played team FPS game before Team Fortress 2 became free to play.

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Steam Community user 12and4, while poking around with the CS:GO code found a bunch of unusual strings such as this:-

gungame classic gungametrbomb gungameselect gungameprogressive pro competitive casual de_shorttrain de_stmarc de_quarter de_sugarcane de_lighthouse de_safehouse de_generator de_freight de_docks de_depot de_club de_bank de_lake gs_baggage ar_shoots ar_monastery ar_baggage de_vertigo de_balkan de_prodigy de_nuke de_inferno de_dust2 de_dust de_aztec cs_office cs_italy cs_assault

To fans of Counter Strike the map codes of two letters (signifying demolition or counter-strike) followed by a name, quite a few of these names (such as ar_shoots, de_balkan or de_freight) must be new, as are the two-letter codes of ar and gs. In addition, it also has icons for the Xbox 360 controller buttons such as X and Y as well as RB and LB – for tutorial use or something similar, we think.

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In addition, 12and4 also extracted a bunch of images from CS:GO (the matchmaking.dll file) and uploaded all of these to MediaFire. A lot of the images are icons for achievements while a good few are concept images for locations as well as factions. Interestingly, there are concept arts for both male and female soldiers from a faction and a lot of new factions. The new factions included are:-

Pirate (Somalian Pirate, that is, not the Capt. Jack Sparrow variety)
Cultural Revolutionaries

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In the immortal words of [some anonymous GIF file captioner] “Dis gon’ b gud!”