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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Now Available

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now available on Steam. The console versions will appear on PSN and XBLA later on tonight and tomorrow.

Valve's sent over a quick email announcing that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now available for the PC and Mac via Steam, with the North American PlayStation Network launch and worldwide Xbox Live Arcade launch happening later tonight and tomorrow morning. For those who didn't pre-purchase the PC game, it now costs $14.99 USD and can be obtained here.

"Today marks an important milestone in the development of CS:GO," the company said on the official website. "With the launch of the game, our work can continue with feedback from the entire Counter-Strike community.  Since CS:GO is still evolving, make sure to give us your thoughts and feedback."

Valve also threw together a chart (jpg) showing how many players participated in the CS:GO beta, how many items were purchased, how many bullets were fired, how many in-game dollars were spent, and so on. The chart also shows that the more popular weapons used in the beta included the Desert Eagle, the M4A1, the AK-47, and the AWP.

"In addition to testing the core gameplay of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the Counter-Strike community has spent the past months independently establishing competitive leagues and additional content for the new game," Valve said.

As reported on Monday, a Zombie Mod developed by Plague Fest has launched alongside CS:GO, a living dead shootfest for the PC version. For those already loaded up and ready to play, the undead are walking around at zego.plaguefest.com or 216.245.221.139:27015 for your fragging pleasure.

"If you are new to CS:GO, make sure to join one of the many leagues or competitive tournaments popping up, such as Go4CSGO," Valve said. "If you are starting a league or tournament, let us know so we can spread the word.   The pro-teams are already geared up for both the upcoming ESWC qualifiers and at DreamHack with more to come."

Here are the system requirements for both PC and Mac-based machines:

PC System Requirements
* OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP
* CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750 processor or better
* RAM: 1 GB XP / 2 GB Vista
* HDD: At least 7.6 GB of Space
* GPU: Video card must be 256 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 3.0

Mac System Requirements
* OS: MacOS X 10.6.6 or higher
* CPU: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
* RAM: 2 GB
* HDD: At least 7.6GB of Space
* GPU: ATI Radeon HD 2400 or better / Nvidia 8600M or better

 

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    Benthon , August 21, 2012 10:46 PM
    This is going to be big. I'm sure all of the CS fans are really happy.
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2012 10:47 PM
    Fire in the hole!
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    nikolayivanov321 , August 21, 2012 11:04 PM
    Best 10 euros I've ever spent.
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2012 11:04 PM
    The matchmaking system and ladder we were led to believe would be the focal point of this game that set it aside isn't present. Very disappointing.
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    manicmike , August 21, 2012 11:07 PM
    BOOM HEADSHOT!!!!!
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2012 11:12 PM
    they put a countdown on the xbox 360 dashboard for this game and ive been waiting along time 10hours today the countdown has finished and no game...? i guess that countdown wasn't supposed to be aimed at the xbox 360 audience even though it was on the xbox 360 dashboard? wtf?
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    spartanmk2 , August 21, 2012 11:20 PM
    hmm..CS:GO or Windows 8 for $15 bucks... I think the answer is obvious.

    STORM THE FRONT!!1!
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2012 11:20 PM
    YEah I have been following the release time all over the damn place on this one... Now that they have delayed the release further along than the Official countdown timer on Xbox I might not even be able to play the game. What cunts
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    Kami3k , August 21, 2012 11:21 PM
    Meh, I really don't see the point of CS now, sure it was great back in the day. But it's really outdated. Also the netcode is horrible.
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    timaishu , August 22, 2012 12:00 AM
    CS stopped being fun years ago. Maybe this one has changed, but the old formula is dated and not fun anymore.
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    molo9000 , August 22, 2012 12:02 AM
    Kami3kMeh, I really don't see the point of CS now, sure it was great back in the day. But it's really outdated. Also the netcode is horrible.


    It's a great alternative when you're sick of unbalanced spray'n'pray shooters like CoD or Battlefield 3 and not in the mood for TF2, Quake Live or Tribes.

    CS:GO doesn't reinvent the wheel, but a shooter that rewards skill, tactics and teamplay is rare these days and CS:GO has extremely well designed and balanced gameplay.
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    bustapr , August 22, 2012 12:09 AM
    i bought it yesterday and found it to be quite alot more fun than most shooters Ive played. the tactics needed to win most matches is very satisfying. my only problem with it is that shotguns are very underpowered(barely do any damage at anywhere near mid range and some shotties take 3-4 shots to kill a guy point blank).
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    DroKing , August 22, 2012 12:31 AM
    Lol I bought it today and am currently downloading it wheee cmon slow net.
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    irvinth , August 22, 2012 1:17 AM
    now for hl3 come on valve!
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    schnitter , August 22, 2012 3:09 AM
    I, for one, will not buy anything from Valve until Half Life 3 is at least announced. Yeah, I am on strike. Why put effort on a mediocre game (CS:GO) when there are a bunch of people ready to pre order the collectors edition of HL3 without even seeing a trailer?
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    jono009 , August 22, 2012 3:26 AM
    Great to be back in. Although it sadly feels like I never left... I am keen to see what longevity comes from the new modes as currently, it is the exact same exprience... Like CS I keep coming back, albeit for a new weekends a year...

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    Anonymous , August 22, 2012 3:34 AM
    I all ready got my download of psn at 12pm on da 21 wtf yeal waitin for ??
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    bustapr , August 22, 2012 3:35 AM
    schnitterI, for one, will not buy anything from Valve until Half Life 3 is at least announced. Yeah, I am on strike. Why put effort on a mediocre game (CS:GO) when there are a bunch of people ready to pre order the collectors edition of HL3 without even seeing a trailer?

    is there even a need to announce a game that obviously going going to come out at some point. Im very sure there is a good reason involving HL3 developement as to why its late. HL3 has to live up to its predecessor and i doubt valve will deliver a game that doesnt do it justice. also remember the HL developement team is VERY small when compared to other AAA developers.

    90% of the time, when people whine and cry about something being late(amd bulldozer, duke nukem, etc) the developers release the product in a hurry and it turns out crap or not as good as it could have been. Were lucky valve doesnt give a shit about the whiners, and release their products when theyre ready.
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    confish21 , August 22, 2012 5:26 AM
    will it run on windows 8? I know it doesn't list it but good to know...
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    mavikt , August 22, 2012 7:54 AM
    I wonder if they fixed the sight for stereoscopic 3D...
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