I've just created this thread to share my opinion about CS:GO with you. Maybe we can discuss about everything that happened to the game and the community.
The first thing I wanna talk about is the fact, that CS:GO is a bad follower of CS:S in the case of modding. I'm a surf enthusiast since I knew this mod is a thing - this happened about 10 years ago. Since 1.6 I'm a huge fan of every custom mod that appeared. Started with Gungame, to Jailbreak, Deathrun, Bunnyhop or even Sliderace and much more.
For me the custom mods and the possibility to modify everything the way you liked was amazing and made the community grow more and more. Does not matter if you was into custom modes or only in weapon skins, you were able to change everything.
The developers of CS:S knew that and supported the community by developing the engine in that way, that you were able to play competetive and custom mods the same time. I started to learn how to create my own maps and I've became better with every project I've finished. I can say it was one of my greatest times in my gaming history.
In year 2012 CS:GO was released. I totally freaked out! Would it bring back life to the community? Could I create maps again?
Ok we all know what happened to CS:GO. It was unbalanced and had it's issues (a lot of them). CS:GO developed and became the Number One in Competetive Shooter Games. But then it happened... CS:GO was overrun by kids and flamers. I imagine they all come from youtube videos and twitch streams. Weapon cases were introduced and the ship began to sink.
Since then the devs focused more and more on the competetive gameplay, wich is great on the one hand. But in the other hand the custom content created by the community got destroyed by bugs in the game engine and the fact that community servers were an extra part of the game. And yes... it's so 'hidden' there are Players who never saw a community server becausd they don't know they exist.
The skins were a total kick in the face of counter strike history. People began to rage just because of damn skins. They pay real money for virtual weapon skins created BY THE COMMUNITY!
This and the fact that the average age of the gamers is lower now is the reason for more trolls, flames and insuslts ever. I never had so much trouble playing the game than now. You are sorrounded by people who keep freaking out all the time. In CS:S this was a thing as well, I know. But in total the game was much more friendly and the absolute haters were a minority.
So what keeps me playing the game? Its a good game - no question about it. But the developers and the community make me think about to go back to CS:S.
Why should I even consider to create maps for a game where I have to use more and more map-side and server-side tricks to make a simple thing work (what was possisble in CS:S from the start) to create a map for people who don't deserve it to play because they are.... (Imagine random insult here).
What is your opinion about that topic?
Ps. Maybe I should mention that the engine f*cked up a project I worked on for weeks and then even my gameserver got banned without warning for 22 YEARS.