CS1.6 is a major reason I did so bad my first semester away at college. I commuted my first two years, but my third and fourth years were spent away. Too much CS and not enough studying and well, after a nice 1.56 GPA I had to show some self control. My addiction stories are not as exciting as I'd like them to be.
When Half-Life 2 came out I wasn't overly interested in CS:Source for whatever reason. It wasn't until after I graduated that I began playing again. The Shacknews CS server, which is where I play now, is a pretty cool. The players are all awesome, the skill level can be quite high, and most importantly it's a lot of fun. Fun in that seething hatred sort of way. It's easy to hate Counter-Strike, but somehow hard to stop playing because of it.
Recently it came to my attention that a company actually produced some bootleg Counter-Strike toys. I bought a set, of course:
I don't know why the teams are uneven. Inspired by the antics of Shackers who obtained them before me: megarust and helvetica, I decided to do the obvious thing and create a game of Counter-Strike in my basement. As you can see I spent entirely too much time on this, and I am indeed quite the consumer whore. Also apologies to anyone who feels they are misrepresented in this... I just used the names of people I happened to be playing with around the time. I make no claims for accuracy... in fact the length of time that I survive should be a dead giveaway as to how accurate this is.
And yes, I do have entirely too much time on my hands.