Game Design

Why is CS:GO’s secondary market so insanely popular?

CS:GO is one of the most popular games in the world, and for good reason. The classic battle of counter-terrorists against terrorists has lent itself to a subtle reimagination every half-decade. With CS:GO’s take on the enduring franchise, however, something big happened: the introduction of weapon skins. Skins have been around in Counter-Strike since it …

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Game Design

The Rise of Video Game Vanity: Or, Why Skins Sell

If you’ve been paying attention to the competitive free-to-play landscape, you’re likely noticing a trend in the gradual evolution of skins and other aesthetic content. Skins have become the monetary lifeblood for nearly every free-to-play game that has dreams of becoming an eSport or Twitch sensation, and yet they often serve no functional purpose other than …

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