Counter-Strike and the Swedes

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Posted on August 01, 2004 8:50 PM in Video Games
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Slashdot is running a piece today on the Swedes and their domination at the Counter-Strike championship. They point to an article at Gotfrag that contains details on the final matches and poses the following question:

With another all Sweden final at this CPL, one has to ask themselves what makes these teams so special. What do they do that makes them one plateau higher than the rest?

The answer? They eat, drink, and breathe Counter-Strike. When I was a member of the Choir of the West (excuse the terrible website design) we travelled to Scandenavia on tour, and I remember quite vividly walking to the Internet cafes in Sweden at all hours of the night and finding a packed room full of CS addicts. They took it seriously too. Being the kind of guy who shoots his own teammates more often than he does the enemy, I wouldn't have been able to hang with those guys, and I knew it. So I just sat down at the other end of the room where the geeks go to instant message their girlfriends half a world away.


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