Does nothing bring you more joy than pwning a noob with a Kobe or flashbang-backstab combo? If so, than these CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the uninitiated out there) tattoos will likely lay you out just like a Juan Deag to the dome.
I’ve played so many hours of CS:GO that it kind of makes me want to blow my own brains out, but who am I kidding, I still love it and would probably queue up for a match right now (if I didn’t have a seven-day ban for killing my teammates. You know teammates. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Am I right?) In fact, I’m such an avid awper, it’s inexplicable that I don’t have a Counter-Strike tattoo of my own, like all these hardcore gamers.
The appeal behind CS:GO is difficult to fully account for, but it’s undeniably there. For a first-person shooter (FPS) that revolves around perpetrating acts of terrorism, it’s incredibly beloved throughout the entire globe. Counter-Strike has been around since before the 9/11 era, and not even the tense political spectrum of the 2000s could deter its popularity. At last year’s eSports Industry Awards, for instance, it was named "Game of the Year." Some prize pools at tournaments exceed $1 million, and even though there are boundary-pushing FPSs coming out nearly every month, CS:GO remains the go-to game in the genre.
Part of what makes CS:GO such an outstanding FPS is how challenging it is. While most other shooters feature frantic, fast-paced gameplay, Counter-Strike is more technical in nature, requiring patience and finesse on the behalf of the person behind the keyboard and mouse. Because of this, it has a steep learning curve, but once players are indoctrinated, they tend to keep trying to refine their skills for years on end. In short, as often say about tattoos, the game’s straight up addictive.
So, if you're the sort of gamer who knows the bomb code by heart, why not show it with a chicken in a set of crosshairs or your favorite knife skin, lord knows you’ve probably spent enough on case keys trying to get it anyway. There’s simply no better way to convey that you’re not some silver scrub. Also, if you like nerdy gamer stuff, check out these other pieces about Majora’s Mask, BioShock, Warcraft, StarCraft, and more.