CS Science Class : Controlling Recoil

20/1/2005

by Robert “ScSc0rP” Schmitz

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Growing up I had a obsession, much like everyone else’s. When I found something that interested me, I wanted to become the best at it. I immersed myself in it until I had completely mastered it. In the video game world this usually meant learning a few moves on MK and beating everyone in my neighborhood. However, today the competition pool includes the whole world, and to be the very best you have to learn from the very best and then go beyond them by throwing in wrinkles that no one has ever seen before.

I’ve watched countless demo’s, have seen countless people play, have gone from one end of the spectrum and back again, have done some private research, and this is what I’ve discovered.

Counter-Strike is a game based on recoil and physics. When you fire an AK, a colt, or basically any rifle, the recoil causes the subsequent shots to rise. To counter this most people have developed methods of controlling their recoil. Bursts, lowering sensitivity, and aiming downwards to allow for higher percentage shots; almost every upper level player does this.

However, something that few people know about is that there is an advanced technique to mastering this. Most people use their wrists in Counter-Strike to move around because they first learned to use a computer with a small mousepad and high sensitivity mouse settings. The idea of a large mousepad, extremely low sensitivity, and using your arm instead of your wrists doesn’t occur to most people.

There are a few reasons to do this. First, by using your arm you can have an even lower sensitivity, which will give you better aim. You’re able to move your mouse more without it totally effecting your motion in game, this allows you to point with more room for error. Secondly, your arm is closer to your brain and nerve stem of your body. You will react quicker (almost 6%), and you have a higher percent chance that the synapses will totally bypass your brain and go to your nerve stem. When it does this, you will react much quicker, almost instantly, but you will not know why you reacted or did what you did until after it was done (which is a bizarre feeling). The third advantage of using your arm instead of your wrist is that you can now separate the actions of pointed movement and aim control. Move your wrists down to control the recoil and your arm to move about. This relieves stress on the brain and is much easier.

There are also further ways to improve your reaction time. When you wake up in the morning, it is a known fact that your body is more alert and the motor skills are fully charged; its like cleaning your hard drive of spyware and disabling unnecessary processes in your computer. Reaction time increases by as much as 20%. You can simulate this by relaxing your muscles and using something to scratch or massage your back or arms before you play. When you are tired it is the exact opposite. Caffeine filled drinks and candy are good to keep you awake but actually weaken your brain’s ability to process information. Whenever you eat, give yourself thirty minutes to digest the food. There isn’t anything out there that helps over-clock the brain, legally, but there are things that you can eat which will gradually have an effect on you. Vitamins such as C and A help your blood circulation and eye concentration.

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