Amazing cyberpunk-made-real story of the month, made possible by the fact that Counter-Strike Global Offensive is extremely popular with young gamers in Russia (most of them either in Putin’s military or likely to be conscripted into it), but where news of the nation’s real invasion of Ukraine is censored.
Here’s what Finnish reporters did with a user-made CS:GO map:
When a player’s avatar dies, the game view changes: For a while, the player can go through walls or fly around the map. At this stage, they can also find the secret room hidden underground…
There is a light above the door. This is a hint that taking a closer look at the object may reveal something.
There are stairs leading to an underground room.
First, the player sees a wall with a headline.
Next to the headline, there is a map showing how many civilian targets in Ukraine have been hit by Russians.
Another wall displays a news item on the Bucha massacre. When the player comes close to the images, they hear a Russian voice-over on their radio telling them what the images are about: Ukrainian civilians murdered by Russian soldiers.
Read the English-language story here. The CS:GO map “de-voyna” is available on Steam. Consider giving it a good rating, so that more players will see and experience it.