What is the most played game on LAN parties? You certainly guessed right: Counter-Strike! But why is this game so damn popular?

de_dust2 on Counter-Strike 1.5For those of you, who never heard of Counter-Strike I have a short description: Counter-Strike is a team-based multiplayer game, where two teams compete against each other. Players use authentic weapons and have either to kill all enemies or achieve a goal like planting a bomb in a special area.

That does not sound that bad, but what makes Counter-Strike the kick-ass game everybody talks about? There are plenty of reasons, but I think the best ones are:

  • The game forces you to play in a team, because you always spawn as a group,
  • it is very easy to make your first steps, but very hard to master Counter-Strike, giving you a reason to keep playing it and,
  • you can play it in every condition, especially when everyone around you is as exhausted as you are.

These three reasons make Counter-Strike a perfect LAN game!

No Internet? No problem!

There is only one thing you have to keep in mind: If you have no Internet-connection available, you should consider playing version 1.5. If you own Half-Life, you can download Counter-Strike officially as a modification on various sites on the net for free! Just make sure you download version 1.5 which is the last version that does not need the steam platform to run. Now someone will point a finger at me and say: “This guy does not know that Steam offers an offline mode!”

Well, as you might guess, I am fully aware of the offline mode but here are two reasons why you don’t want to use Steam:

  • Sometimes Steam crashes and forces you to go on-line. If you haven’t a connection, you can’t play any steam game, including Counter-Strike. (I can’t think of one single LAN-party where we did not have a problem with steam!)
  • You can’t share the game, because you have to own an official copy of either Counter-Strike or Half-Life to play the game with steam.

Now don’t forget to take a valid CD-key with you to the LAN-party, because you need one to start the game for the first time.

Make your Counter-Strike Special!

fy_iceworld on Counter-Strike 1.5Lets say you already know Counter-Strike like the backside of your hand and you can’t stand it anymore. Then you should try some fun-maps!

There are many, many maps floating around the net. If you just want pure deathmatch, try fy_* maps like fy_iceworld or cs_bloodstrike, for knife-only maps you should try out ka_* maps like ka_legoland. If you feel like playing Rambo, you can search for maps which only allow shotguns, or if you want to train your sniper skills look out for maps like awp_map. The list is nearly endless!

Believe me, these maps are fun to play, especially when everyone is half-asleep!


If you already have experience with Counter-Strike on LAN parties, please let us all know what maps you are playing and why you think Counter-Strike is a perfect game for a LAN. (Or why Counter-Strike sucks and what games you prefere instead!)

I hope I could sease you to Counter-Strike (again) and you will have some fun hours on your next LAN party thanks to this post.

See you next week for a new LAN-game presentation!

12 Responses to “Counter-Strike”

  1. simon Says:

    Just wondering how I should set up LAN on the old counterstrike version.
    Is it possible to plan LAN through a hub/router and setting up a computer as the host server??

  2. admin Says:

    Hi simon,

    I assume you are talking about the WON CS version (the one before steam was introduced).

    You can play these versions on LAN. Just make sure you download the old dedicated server and install the old Counter Strike game.
    There are some updates you may want to install, but you don’t have to. Just make sure you have the corresponding dedicates server for the clients. (Make sure the version numbers of CS and the server are the same).

    You can play any LAN game with a hub, router or switch. There is no limitation!

    Have fun!

  3. Xplanet Says:

    Hi, how do i setup a no steam lan cs using the condition zero installation, i have the updated files from steam(cs 1.6), but there is this cs16 file which is about 200mb i cant unzip it in the steam apps folder, i assume it has more updated files… email me at explanetory @

  4. Craig Says:

    I know this is random, but wen i used to lan at skool we cud only use the cd code on 3 pcs does this still aply and u know where i can get more cd keys from?

  5. deadlyd Says:

    hmmmmm m new to de counter strike world………jut got sum ferends around……wanna no how can we play together??….all of us hav lan….but i duuno how to set up a lan game….need sum help..wud rlly appreciate it
    btw,m using cs1.6

  6. grifter Says:

    its my first time to play cs half life 1.0 and i tried to play it on my pc using lan games but i can not seem to see my enemies i can only see the hostages, how can i make them appear so i could practice and go online,hope you could help me,thanks

  7. anty Says:

    grifter, you have to go online to play with people. If you play a lan game you won’t see anyone if noone on your network joins you 🙂

  8. sachin Says:

    how to configared cs in LAN network,
    Please give me settings & steps.

  9. Hassan Says:

    I shared my cs1.6 through lan but my friend and i cant play when i join it says in valid cd key
    plz help

  10. kinshuk Says:

    I and my friends play cs1.6 on HLDS over internet.But one of my friend is not having an internet connection.
    So,is it possible to join m friend to the HLDS server over internet through LAN.
    Please help!!!1

  11. Nandi Vardhan Says:

    I want to know if i can play counter strike on the wireless internet connection we have at home…If yes please lemme know how and also if we can’t what we can do.I have always played it on a wired Lan….

  12. haZh Says:

    Can you please tell me the full steps(how to configure the game) to play Counter Srike 1.6 LAN on TUNNGLE or HAMACHI servers??

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