none of this should come as much of a surprise, Gooseman has
always stated that he was working towards a final version and
we think everybody knew by Beta 6.2 that things were getting
close. So whether commercialisation will have such a lasting
effect on the title is difficult to answer, although you won't
get it from valve or the CS team, it'd be arrogant to expect
the opposite/honest/true answer from a commercial partnership.
that the CS team have already delayed the v1.1 update much longer
than it might have taken normally and we doubt there will be
anymore major updates from now on. As many will be aware, few
servers run unofficial maps and those that do rarely have the
selection you want anyway.
We're of course nothing more than worried for CS, afraid that
the endless hours of enjoyment will eventually start to fade,
through lack of new 'Official maps' or general gameplay additions.
When there is nothing fresh on offer all you can do is rot and
wait to be dissolved into the world around you.
if the CS team put their 'Official' tag on some more entertaining
and possibly innovative as_ and de_ maps or map packs then things
might improve. We don't know if we could stand another round
of the done-to-death de_prodigy, de_train, de_nuke and cs_assault,
although they are only four of many, it's almost as thou they
are also the only four severs ever rotate!