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News video games 29 January 2021, 17:21

author: Jacob Blazewicz

How Crouching Still Messes Up Accuracy in CS:GO

Reddit user Birkir reported on a bizarre bug in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, related to aiming while crouching. The bug sparked a lot of interest (and annoyance) among players, despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that it's not the first time the issue has been reported.

Lately, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community has been focusing its attention on new scandals in the professional gaming scene. However, scandals like these tend to be of little concern to the average gamer, even if they're serious about playing the game themselves. The same cannot be said about the bug discovered (or rather re-discovered) by an Internet user known as Birkir, and related to gun accuracy when crouching.

The user posted a video discussing the problem on Reddit and YouTube. If you've ever played CS:GO (or any other online FPS for that matter), you've probably experienced the practice of crouching to improve accuracy or, more commonly, to reduce the so-called hitbox. Leaving aside the discussion of "is this how pros should play?", Birkir found a very specific bug related to this action. If we walk slowly (holding down the Shift key by default) and try to crouch, our weapon will briefly become extremely inaccurate.

Birkir's footage is by no means the first mention of this issue. Three years ago, a post by another Reddit user discussed the issue, mentioning the bug was old even at that point. The fact that the newer thread received four times as many likes (8.8 thousand to 2.2 thousand) may be due to the fact that newer players are not familiar with the issue. After all, the number of users significantly increased in late 2018, when CS:GO switched to free-to-play.

However, it's possible that Birkir's popularity was also brought about by the reminder that Valve, after such a long time, still hasn't fixed this quite serious issue. Of course, things could always be worse, as anyone who still believes in the long promised debut of the big update for Team Fortress 2 will attest

How Crouching Still Messes Up Accuracy in CS:GO - picture #1
CSGO isn't the only Valve game with bugs that haven't been fixed for many, many years.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Passionate about video (and other) games for years, he completed an Mba in linguistics, defending a thesis about games. He began his adventure with Gamepressure in 2015, writing in the newsroom, later also covering film and – oh, horror! – technology (also contributor to the gaming encyclopedia). He started with platformers, which he still dearly loves (including metroidvania), but he's also interested in card games (including 'analog'), brawlers, soulslike games and basically every other type of game. Don't ask about the graphics – after a few hours of exposition, he can be delighted with pixelated characters from games that remember the days of the Game Boy age (if not older).

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