Before Counter-Strike there was Action Quake 2

Way back in 1999, Minh “Gooseman” Le and Jess “Cliffe” Cliffe released Counter-Strike, a mod for Valve’s Half-Life. Within a couple of years, Counter-Strike had become one of the most successful and popular multiplayer games of all time, and it’s popularity marked a shift in the first-person shooter genre towards more realistic settings, rather than the sci-fi fantasy of Quake and Unreal. Counter-Strike wasn’t the first semi-realistic shooter mod — they had been a simmering trend since the days of Doom. However, late 90s game technology allowed the trend to more effectively…