Creative writing about video games.

Essay by bblondeyUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, December 2003

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Second Time's A Charm

My first Counter-Strike tournament win was quite a surprise. My team scrounged a fifth player to complete our roster an hour before we registered, so we weren't exactly the favorites. However, during warm-ups, my team was incredible. I couldn't be touched, and in my twenty minutes in front of the computer, I had racked up 26 kills and died only once. Another member of my team also had a high score, killing 14 before finally dieing and handing the machine over to another person. During the warm-ups, we each had people huddled around us, anxiously awaiting the next shot, hoping to see a preview of the tournament hours before it began. And we gave the people a show. This tournament was one of the most entertaining events I've ever participated in.


Counter-Strike is a computer game in which a team of Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists are set against each other with a set of objectives to complete.

The game is very realistic; one bullet can kill you, and if you're moving or jumping, accuracy is virtually non-existent. In order to enter a tournament, your team needs to have five people. That's basically the only prerequisite to play this game. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have skill, either. In order to move on in a tournament, your team needs to win 13 out of 24 rounds. After 12 rounds, the teams switch roles from Terrorist to Counter-Terrorist and vice versa, and then the game is restarted.

In the first round, we were pitted against a team who was supposed to be really good. One of our teammates even told us that we shouldn't be embarrassed if we lost to them. Well, we didn't need to worry about that; we shut them out, 13-0. The next round...