New CS:GO update changes the game and community
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May 7, 2020

New CS:GO update changes the game and community

On May 4, Valve released a game-changing CS:GO update. The appearance of Valorant in the video game industry may have pushed Valve to improve its own title. The FPS games’ kill feed icons have been tweaked to cover new in-game achievements. These three new kill feed icons added are for blind shooters, kills through smoke, and no scope kills. Additionally, some maps have been updated to ease the eyes in this CS:GO update.

CS:GO May 5 Update

More Icons and Fewer Assumptions

Previously, wall bangs, headshots, flashbang assists, grenade, and molotov kills were the only icons available. Now, killing enemies through the smoke, blindness, or without aiming down sights will be recognizable through this kill feed icon update. Players will no longer be confused when they randomly get killed through smoke or blindness thanks to this addition. CS:GO is slowly but surely inching its way towards a more player-friendly experience.

This implementation encourages fair play, mainly because of the underlying assumption dilemma in CS:GO. For ages, being killed through smokescreens, being no-scoped, or even killing enemies while blinded has been frowned upon because of how lucky or skilled players have to be. And whenever those actions occur, it’s so unlikely that cheating becomes the accusation for most occasions. However, with the new kill feed icons, that changes. The evidence from the kill feed will direct fingers towards the killed for not being good enough. This CS:GO update further eliminates assumptions as well as accusations and promotes fault recognition and adaptive thinking.

Updated Maps

Along with the CS:GO update, two maps have received visual tweaks. Chlorine and Inferno saw changes.

Chlorine

  • Tweaked ambient color light to make it bluer
  • Made bombsite A plant zone bigger
  • Fixed bomb stuck spots on A bombsite pillars
  • Removed bamboo fence near CT upper on A bombsite
  • Added bamboo fence near T main on A upper, moving the gap closer to the tank
  • Inclusion of a bamboo fence near a big rock on A upper to cut direct line of sight from CT upper to T main entrance
  • Added light source on lazy river tunnel near CT spawn
  • Added bamboo fence on the back of CT main entrance to A bombsite for better visibility
  • Tweaked textures in lazy river tunnel and connector to make them more vibrant
  • Added light source on B upper
  • Tweaked Lazy River texture to make it brighter
  • Added cover for T’s on middle
  • Removed a head peek angle from CT mid to A bombsite
  • Fixed pixel boost on B bombsite
  • Made main lights on B bombsite brighter
  • Fixed see-through stairs near CT spawn
  • Fixed wooden door on B being bangable
  • Added bamboo fence near tank on B bombsite
  • Removed water from Lazy River at CT spawn
  • Tweaked Skybox to be less purple
  • Added bamboo fences in high traffic areas for better player model contrast
  • Removed foliage models in some places
  • Optimization
  • Updated radar image
4 May CS:GO update : Kill feed icons

Image credit to Valve.

Inferno

– Added 1v1 warmup arena for Wingman mode

Overall, the impact this CS:GO update brings will be huge and hopefully changes the community’s behavior. Instead of blaming, accusing, and assuming that a player is cheating, CS:GO players will better learn the meaning of the term, “skill gap.” Later down the line, playing the game will be a more friendly and much better experience.

Written by Jay Hunter

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