Valve Software - Counter-Strike

A popular game from the era where the now-ubiquitous 'first- person shooter' perspective was born, Counter-Strike is used in this exhibition as source material for two separate artists. It started as a player-made modification of an earlier game, Half Life, and became so popular that Valve eventually bought and commercialised it. Counter-Strike is a successful example of the kind of 'level modding' that game companies now actively encourage, by giving players sophisticated tools to create their own game universe.