-GB Let’s start with the scoreboard. What’s the point in slaughtering your foes if you can’t admire your score? To open it you hold tab. You can see players on the CT side in blue and the terrorists in yellow. They’re ranked from top to bottom by SCORE. This increases if you do things that help your team to win, such as killing or injuring an enemy or completing a mission objective. You can also see your kills, assists and deaths. In case you’re wondering, assists are where you injure an enemy for over 40 damage who is then later killed by a teammate. They’re worth half as much as a kill towards your score. What some people don’t realise is that if you right-click on this screen, you can then click on players. This brings up a list of options. You can message or befriend them, or if they’re being abusive in chat, block them.

That’s better! You can view their steam profile to see if they’re blatant smurf hacker noobs, and you can commend people which doesn’t really do much, but it’s free and a nice gesture you can reward to friendly players. It shows up on the main menu next to your profile. Isn’t that nice! If you find a cheater or griefer who’s upsetting the game for others, report them. A video from the suspected player is then put on the overwatch feature, which is then viewed by experienced CSGO players who then have to decide whether they believe they were hacking or not. This can result in a ban. Now it’s time to meet your new best friend- the radar.

This isn’t just a small feature- it’s perhaps the most important tool on your screen. The radar shows everybody on your side, as well as any enemies that your team has spotted. CSGO is about knowing information; if you know where an enemy is, you have a MASSIVE advantage over them, even if they’re far more skilled than you are! But alas, if you’re watching this video then you’re probably fairly new to the game. You find it hard enough to focus on moving and aiming, let alone to check the radar every few seconds. Unfortunately, there’s no shortcut to mastering the radar.

As you learn the basics of CSGO you’ll find you have more spare time to look at it. Before long, you’ll be lost without it! To reach this stage you must know the level well as this will help you to develop a mental map of where is safe and where isn’t at any moment. I check the radar every couple of seconds just to have a current idea of what the situation is. My thought process goes something like: ‘where are my teammates?’ ‘Where are the enemies?’ ‘What would I do if I was on the enemy team?” and finally, ‘Would changing position benefit my team?’ The colours can be a bit confusing at first.

In short, enemies ALWAYS show up in red. Your team’s colours will vary on a number of factors. They’ll be yellow if you’re on terrorist side, blue if on CT, white if they’re bots and multicoloured in competitive mode, where your teammates all have a certain colour to help you to quickly recognise who is who, which will help with more advanced strategies. You can choose your colour before the match starts from this screen by clicking on your picture and pressing ‘change colour’, of which there are 5 to cycle through. Note that there’s no RED, which is a colour that’s always reserved for the enemies. If an enemy hides after being spotted, it leaves a questionmark on the radar to indicate where he was last seen. The cross represents a a death. The blue one’s mine! The flashing radar image shows where the bomb is.

As a terrorist this will always be visible, but it’s only shown on the Counter Terrorists’ radars if it’s seen by the team- it’s valuable information to know! It will fade out again soon in this situation since I’m now dead and can no longer see it. Here’s an example of when looking at the radar can give you valuable information. In low level and casual games in particular, your team will often leave massive gaps in their defence, allowing enemies to creep around behind you. Look, it’s happening in this video clip! A lot of enemies have been spotted coming to A, while everybody on my team is waiting in B! Better use my microphone to inform my team of how we’re about to lose the round. The radar can be fooled.

If you use a decoy grenade, it will show up on the enemy’s radar as if it’s a real person. This doesn’t have the deep strategic implications you might hope it does as it’s quite easy to tell the difference, based on its position and the sounds it makes, but it might catch newer players out once in a while. Likewise, expect to be caught out yourself by it occasionally. You’ll soon learn through experience. Sometimes important information is displayed off of the side of the radar. Nobody likes this. Open up the scoreboard and it will show the entire map and everything going on. You can also extend the range the radar covers by going to the options menu and by sliding this scale. Zoom out too far and you might not be able to make out small details like where in particular rooms people are standing.

Find a setting that you’re comfortable with. While you’re on this screen, why not change that default crosshair and HUD? There are a number of settings you can choose from if you go to OPTIONS, then GAME SETTINGS. Let’s choose another crosshair. Dynamic ones will change in size to represent how accurate your shot will be depending on your speed and how much you’re firing. You can also adjust the HUD colour, size and settings from this menu. Find something that suits your personality! I’ve got some treats for you here- if you want to further customise your crosshair or where the weapon is shown on-screen, click on the corresponding video to the side. If you’re TOO MANLY to care about what your screen looks like, proceed to the next video in this series by choosing the bottom option, where I’ll be discussing movement.

Soon you too will be moving with the grace of a ballerina!.

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