* AbridgedArenaArray:
** de_dust and de_dust2.
*** In recent years, de_dust has died a slow and painful death due to people having finally begun to realize that the map is heavily flawed; forcing choke-points to always occur at just two locations, and both being heavily favored for the counter-terrorists to claim victory. It's for this reason that de_dust2 exists, which is a much more balanced map for both sides.
*** Additionally, though de_dust2 remains one of the most popular maps in the game, other maps like de_mirage, de_nuke, and de_inferno have come to rival it.
** cs_office is also quite overused. There's just something about locking down the projector room as a terrorist that people find engaging...
* BrokenBase: Which is the real Counter-Strike, 1.6 or 5.2? If you know what that means, chances are you have a strong opinion about it and have voiced that opinion (coupled with a threat) on a gaming forum.
** Every intermediate version got this as well, to a lesser extent.
** Also there is/was lots and lots of debate over how different weapons compare to each other. This even resulted in one clan doing an extensive study on this back in the day, which almost held up to scientific standards - [[TheyJustDontGetIt it didn't help]].
** Specific mention should be made to Counter-Strike (original, although most of the time it's 1.6) vs Counter-Strike: Source. Many 1.6er's claim Source is only for noobs and idiots (due to the weakening of wall-spamming and the overall less intense recoil of Source) while many Source fans say all 1.6 players are StopHavingFunGuys and believe 1.6 is a buggy and unpolished game that focuses only on Competitive Gaming and nothing else.
** Global Offensive tried to avert this, but the implementation of several features (or lack thereof in the case of party searching on consoles) such as matchmaking instead of server lists, coupled with the drastically reduced player count and horrendously tiny map selection just made things worse.
*** This '''is''' getting better though. The map selection has noticeably increased, there ''is'' a server browser, and the player count is currently increasing.
*** The [[LagCancel ADAD]] spam in Global Offensive to some in SPUF, in regards to recoil reset when you change direction.
*** The introduction of the Zeus x27, a TASER-like weapon: Cheap OneHitKill weapon or poor shotgun substitute for corner ambush? (It's since been disabled in Competitive mode.)
*** CSGO is now within the top-five most-played games on Steam at any given time, with more players active in it than Source and 1.6 combined. It has also on several occasions made it to second place. It's safe to say it was averted in the end.
** de_nuke. It's considered CT-sided to the point where losing 5-10 on T side is considered a good score for comeback. Part of the fanbase argues it makes for exciting matches (DownToTheLastPlay happens frequently), others think it should be removed from competitive pool since it favors team that starts on CT. Valve seemingly agreed with the former group, moving de_nuke to reserve group (and almost certain redesign) and replacing it in competitive with a reworked de_train.
* ComplacentGamingSyndrome: de_dust2 & cs_office are very popular deathmatch mod maps.
** In zombie maps, it's often one of the "lila" or similar maps.
** Two extremely popular custom maps are fy_iceworld and fy_snow, where guns spawn on both sides of an incredibly tiny map.
*** For Thai players there is cs_untitled, an extremely tiny map. So tiny in 1.6 people love to set starting cash to maximum and spam HE grenades into each other's spawn during buy time.
** Weapon wise, most players stick with the M4/AK and AWP, with only a few other weapons such as the FAMAS/Galil being bought by people who don't yet have the money for the others. This can best be seen with the SG 553, which has its advantages over the AK and is only $300 more expensive, but in spite of that is still routinely ignored in favor of the AK.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The chickens on cs_italy. They were removed from Source, but came back in ''Global Offensive''.
** There are chickens in various maps in CS:GO. In fact, chickens sometimes spawn in Deathmatch mode, and give 1 point when killed.
** de_season. When it became apparent that de_nuke would be removed from competitive map pool, a large part of the community wanted season to replace it instead of de_train.
* FollowTheLeader:
** Most modern Korean MMOFPS's adopted gun mechanics similar to Counter-Strike.
** Search and Destroy game mode in various shooters.
*** Zombie mode as well. Even ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'', the game everyone ''else'' rips off these days, included a similar Infected mode starting from ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 3''.
* GameBreaker: The AWP/AWM was long considered one (and still is, even after nerfing) due to its extreme power (it only did less than the full 100 damage with a leg shot). A later addition that gets this treatment are the semi-automatic sniper rifles.
** Due to changes in the money system, though, the AWP/AWM and the semi-automatic sniper rifles have since been accepted as legitimate weapons in Global Offensive due to their now hard to purchase status, and nerfing by reducing payout per kill. Humorously, this ends up in an [=AWPer=] who kills an entire 5-man team receiving a measly $125.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Brazilians fucking ''love'' this game.
** Germans, too.
** And Romanians.
** And Filipinos.
** And Poles.
** Don't forget the Koreans!
** The number of Danish teens who both have Steam and own any version of Counter Strike, is almost every single one.
** Add Sweden to the list. There's a good reasons Swedish teams dominate the pro scene.
** And Australians. The entire 'gaming net cafe' industry in that country came into being around 2000 because of this game. It lasted about 5 years before, much like in America, reductions in cost and speed of broadband internet, dedicated ISP gaming servers and reductions in the cost of computer tech made playing at home viable.
** The exact same happened in Spain.
** The extreme popularity of the game in most countries with internet and gaming culture makes ''Global Offensive'', well, a '''Global''' Offensive.
** DeadHorseTrope: The extreme popularity it enjoyed in UsefulNotes/{{Romania}} from 2000 to 2008 backfired into making it DeaderThanDisco among the general population, for the typical young male player was regarded as poor, uneducated, semi-literate, stupid, thuggish and white-trash.
** The game is really popular in Russia to the point where there's a [[RunningGag running joke]] in game reviews and memes that goes along the lines of "I played ''Counter Strike'' for a week and now I speak fluent Russian."
* GoodBadBugs:
** How [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_NQradnzFY surf]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B-Dyw8wep0 maps]] were born.
** The ''de_train'' remake in ''Global Offensive'' had a pigeon that one can step on and see the entire map as the bird flew away with a fully-armed and armored man standing on its back. Naturally Valve has removed this, but not before placing a sign inside the map [[http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--Z7IXpaGp--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/hi13u5oxhrpjoxcbct0m.jpg asking you not to step on the birds]].
* HilariousInHindsight: Regarding Counter-Strike: Neo (the Japan-only oriented spin-off of Counter-Strike, changing the art style towards a much-more Animesque style,) its existence tickles the funny bone of every Counter-Strike fan who watched the older CS parody videos before the website went down for good. One specific vid discussed ways to make Counter-Strike relevant to younger gamers by making the game more anime style, full of [[Manga/DragonBall Kamehameha-style laser blasts]], so the game can appeal to Anime/{{Pokemon}} and Anime/DragonBallZ fans. Keep in mind that the video was made in 1999, right when the Pokémon and anime craze hit the U.S. the hardest.
* LoveItOrHateIt: ''Counter Strike Nexon: Zombies''. It's liked for being a good free-to-play version of ''Counter Strike'', along with a somewhat amount of characters with {{Fanservice}}, an ongoing ''Zombie Scenario'' storyline, and '''''HUGE''''' amounts of GunPorn. It also helps that it's on steam, DLC included (with the starter pack being free, of course!). Others dislike it due to being a "[[BribingYourWayToVictory Pay To Win]]" game, along with the fact that the graphics have not aged well, and that they would [[FanonDiscontinuity rather forget about it]]. It doesn't help that it's been [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny done to death]]. Hell, it also earned a 61% from UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}.
* MemeticMutation:
** BOOM HEADSHOT
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqB1uoDTdKM DOOR STUCK]]
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq1oO8kxyuE extremely stupid]] victory phrases in ''Global Offensive'' have become a minor meme in the Counter-Strike community.
** [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Added a boiler to boiler]]. This patch note announcing the undoing of the ArtifactTitle of a room in Inferno became memetic almost immediately after the patch was released.
** Two quotes by the British SAS in ''Global Offensive'' have gained memetic status and even their own stickers: "Are we rushin' in or are we goin' sneaky-beaky like?" which is said randomly at the start of a round and "Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!" which is a cheer.
** "Let's roll-oll!" Every game in ''Global Offensive'' begins with the ST-6 "Let's Roll" voice clip. Occasionally the clip will stutter adding an extra "oll" at the end. Valve patched this but brought it back (along with a sticker referencing the glitched quote) after fans got upset.
* MostAnnoyingSound:
** The ''UnrealTournament'' AnnouncerChatter which was common in 1.6 servers.
** If you want to play 1.6 or ''Source'', get used to hearing the ''' ''FIRE IN THE HOLE!'' ''' sound clip ''every time'' a player throws a grenade.
* {{Narm}}: The voice acting for several foreign languages in ''Deleted Scenes'' was positively horrible. The Spanish dub takes the cake with ''ˇMuere cerdo!'' (Die, you pig!) shouted in the most childish and nasally voice ever heard.
** Hell, all of the English voice acting in ''Deleted Scenes'' is ultra-narmy as well.
** English terrorist voices in Global Offensive on cs_office. Why do terrorists speak like TotallyRadical fratboys?
* ParanoiaFuel: Nippers old abstract maps. [[spoiler:There's a head flying around the map and it screams at you on contact. Even more is Nippers Opus, having a screamer when you go into a certain building.]]
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: de_cobblestone. The original version was hated for the sheer amount of AWP-friendly spots where Counter-Terrorists could hide. The rebooted version has a simplified layout, less towers and a more closed-off mid section which favors rifles. While having a solid AWP player (or even two) is still important for victory, the map is now much more balanced and popular in competitive.
* ScrappyLevel:
** No one likes to play cs_militia. The house the counter-terrorists have to invade is just ''too'' terrorist friendly.
** de_dust ended up going this route after people realized just how counter-terrorist friendly the map is. Literally ''everyone'' prefers to play de_dust2 over it.
* ScrappyWeapon:
** Riot Shields for counter-terrorists have yet to make a reappearance since 1.6, as the only way to kill shield users were to grenade them, time the shot correctly when they move the shield to pull out their pistol, or get lucky and somehow pop the shielder through the vision hole.
** AWP/Auto-sniper rifles. Banned on a plethora of servers due to their overall "cheapness."
*** Auto-snipers especially are considered noob weapons as their increased rate of fire gives them a much smoother learning curve (with the AWP, missing the first shot if the enemy sees you is usually a death sentence).
** The machine gun and P90 which are considered too noob-friendly when the player just spams their 100 and 50 round belts/mags non-stop. Think of it like how people view W + M1 Pyros from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* {{Sequelitis}}: All the various games and spin-offs released between 1.6 and Global Offensive are considered to fall to this. Although ''Condition Zero'', ''Counter Strike: Neo'', and Nexon's two [=F2P=] spin offs are subject to FanonDiscontinuity by most, ''Counter Strike: Source'' is subject to most of the controversy. Due to Source being the most popular game in the series for the longest time while simultaneously being considered the weakest of the 3 "main" games, most of the [[BrokenBase inevitable arguing]] is centered around whether or not CSS is a good game.
* SongAssociation: An unofficial server mod did this to Chesney Hawkes' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8f2mW1GFSI The One and Only]].
* StopHavingFunGuys: Also qualifies as TierInducedScrappy. There are a portion of servers that ban the AWM, the auto sniper, the auto shotgun, the CT shield, and they're usually the same ones that cycle solely between de_dust2 and cs_office. Enough of those servers exist that, in any other situation, use of the contrary will result in the regulars letting you know of their disgust with your choice, generally with an ample amount of expletives to accompany said disgust.
** Though that might be in some cases a matter of "''Start'' Having Fun Guys" as many a player find AWM users make it very hard to turn a corner without getting killed instantly.
* ThatOneAchievement: Good luck trying to achieve "Ten Angry Men" in CSS without hacks. Dominating, and killing, 10 different players in a match requires a lot of skill. This is only usually achieved on maps that run 24/7.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Whenever Valve does anything at all to the game, complaints a-plenty may arise.
* TierInducedScrappy:
** AK-47/Desert Eagle is ''THE'' weapon combination that is considered to be the premier load-out. Most counter-terrorists players even prefer to drop their M4 for the AK.
** The CZ 75 automatic pistol has been derided as being overpowered and drowning out the other pistols, even the mighty Desert Eagle, prompting some people to call ''Global Offensive'' after the pistol was introduced as ''CZ-GO''. It has been nerfed since its introduction but still remains an effective weapon.
** The terrorist-only TEC-9 pistol for the same reasons as the CZ along with a high magazine capacity and low recoil on the move. Players often refer to this gun as the [[FanNickname "REKT-9"]]. Like the AK-47, it is often picked up by counter-terrorists if they're able to kill a terrorist wielding it while some prefer sticking with the [=Five-SeveN.=] It has been nerfed to have lower magazine capacity (from 32 to 24) and range, but it's still the best option for eco rushes.