While it may appear that a violent first-person shooter like Counter-Strike is not the space where a fan of video games could find life lessons that they could apply in their daily lives, it is surprising the number of transferable skills and lessons one can acquire behind Counter Strike’s loud bangs and equally explosive visuals!
Many popular first-person shooters are solo games; however, Counter-Strike is a team game/e-sport that requires advanced problem solving, communication, planning, and strategies to be successful. Furthermore, Counter-Strike teaches players the importance of humility, sportsmanship, and patience.
Although Counter-Strike and other e-sports have gotten some bad press recently, it would be amiss to suggest they send bad life lessons. On the contrary, the following fifteen lessons are just a handful of life lessons we can learn from Counter-Strike:
1. Counter-Strike Teaches You Don’t Need To Do Things Alone
Because Counter-Strike is a team game/e-sport, the only way to remain consistently successful is to trust one another and rely on your team’s strengths and weaknesses. While this does not mean all players are made equal or flashes of individual brilliance can’t secure victory, these instances are rare.
Instead, it is those individuals and teams that set aside their egos and work together collectively that achieve success, compared to those players/people who choose to only rely on themselves.
Furthermore, it requires an open and honest assessment of each other abilities to determine which roles best suit players within a team.
2. Counter-Strike Teaches Players That Communication Is Key
Further to the above lesson on the importance of teamwork is clear, concise, and effective communication. Counter-Strike is a perfect litmus test for a team’s ability to communicate effectively in stressful situations, as the game is loud, bombastic, and frantic!
Only people who can communicate effectively in stressful situations can succeed in Counter-Strike, which is a transferable and valuable life lesson!
3. Counter-Strike Teaches Players To Respect Other Cultures
Although Counter-Strike has its share of controversy for its depictions of particular groups of people in the game, such as people of middle-eastern or eastern European descent, the game’s global popularity means various people across the world play Counter-Strike.
Therefore, Counter-Strike is an avenue for gamers worldwide to communicate experience/appreciate each other’s different languages and cultures subject to community guidelines that help make Counter-Strike an inclusive space.
4. Counter-Strike Shows That Actions Have Consequences
Counter-Strike is known to be an unforgiving game, where commitment to a situation in the game could have dire consequences for yourself and your team.
Therefore, all decisions made in Counter-Strike need to be well thought out and communicated between teammates to avoid disaster!
5. Counter-Strike Teaches Players That Planning is Vital
Counter-Strike requires players to learn all areas of different virtual maps and arenas. The reason players need to memorize maps is that they all have different spawn points, objective markers, choke points, vantage points, elevation, etc.
All the above information needs to be relayed to player loadouts and abilities so that your team can plan a strategy in advance to allow your team to outthink and outmaneuver the enemy team.
6. Counter-Strike Teaches Players To Make Quick Decisions
Although planning and executing a plan in Counter-Strike is vital to achieving success, Counter-Strike is also a game that requires quick reflexes and decisions, meaning that players are expected to make intelligent decisions on the fly.
Therefore, Counter-Strike rewards players with quick, decisive problem-solving skills to change/alter strategies that may be unsuccessful or that need to be realigned.
7. Counter-Strike Teaches Players Staying Calm Is Important
Counter-Strike involves two teams using everything at their disposal to stop the other team, including but not limited to various weapons, AoE attacks, etc.
Consequently, Counter-Strike can be a stressful game, where things can fall apart for a team very quickly. Therefore, remaining calm throughout a session is essential while playing the game and while taking stock if you find yourself falling behind.
8. Counter-Strike Teaches Players To Learn From Mistakes
Whether you are playing competitively or casually with a group of friends, Counter-Strike has a very steep learning curve and skill ceiling. When coupled with the longevity and popularity of the game, it is nearly impossible to learn all the game’s mechanics/variables.
Furthermore, the speed at which the game is played means that you will inevitably make a mistake while playing that may cost you and your team a victory. It takes the best players to remain calm, take stock, and learn from their mistakes if they lose again.
In conclusion, it is only through failure and learning from these mistakes that one improves their skills and abilities in both life and Counter-Strike.
9. Counter-Strike Teaches Players Sportsmanship
As one of the most popular e-sports in the world, Counter-Strike showcases and promotes a level of professionalism and sportsmanship among its community seldom seen in other e-sports.
Similar to how traditional sports promote sportsmanship, Counter-Strike also teaches players the importance of respect in defeat and humility in victory (the importance of humility is further explored in life lesson twelve below.)
10. Counter-Strike Teaches Players Budgeting And Arithmetic
Counter-Strike has a unique economy built into the game, which requires players to pay close attention to their personal budget, their team’s budget, and the enemy team’s budget.
Therefore, players and teams have to think carefully about how they spend their money on weapons, armor, and perks to ensure they have the funds needed to execute their game plan without indulging in reckless spending.
In short, Counter-Strike helps teach people the importance of budgeting and basic athematic, both of which are essential life lessons concerning financial literacy.
11. Counter-Strike Teaches Players Persistence And Patience
As mentioned above, Counter-Strike has a high skill ceiling and a steep learning curve. Furthermore, while Counter-Strike is a fast-paced game, it is a tactical shooter which requires intelligent strategies and patience over mere “twitch reflexes.”
Counter-Strike also has an array of weapons and mechanics that a player needs to study and grow accustomed to if they want to succeed in competitive play.
All the above gameplay mechanics reward patient and persistent players rather than stubborn, overly aggressive players.
12. Counter-Strike Teaches Players To Not Underrate Others
Counter-Strike is a well-balanced game, meaning that both teams are given equal starting points and all the tools needed at their disposal to secure victory.
Therefore, no matter how good a player you are, there is always a chance a new/inexperienced player or team can secure victory if you underestimate the opposition!
In conclusion, you should not underestimate others and/or any challenges life may present, lest you be caught unaware!
13. Counter-Strike Teaches Players To Be Aware
Counter-Strike requires players to rely on their sense of direction, sound, and sight and to have keen map awareness. Therefore, players should pay attention to the position of themselves, their team, and the enemy’s team on the map.
Thus, being aware of one’s surroundings and any changes in the environment are essential life lessons that keep one’s sense sharp while teaching people the importance of adaptability and flexibility.
14. Counter-Strike Teaches Players Practice Makes Perfect
Counter-Strike requires hundreds of hours of practice to be competitive. Therefore the old adage of “practice makes perfect” is a perfect analogy for both Counter-Strike and life.
15. Counter-Strike Teaches The Importance Of Having Fun
Finally, although Counter-Strike is often considered a serious, competitive e-sport, it is also a fun pastime. Therefore, Counter-Strike and similar video games teach us the importance of relaxing and having fun, rather than always being stressed out with work!
Counter Strike’s focus on teamwork and strategy, coupled with more significant lessons of humility, patience, persistence, and tolerance, means that there are various lessons gamers can acquire through playing this game!