Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) players have recently found a new form of entertainment after the recent emergence of radio commands. The discovery means players can paste codes into the in-game console, which needs to be enabled under game settings, and play voice clips on demand. There is even the option to bind a death sound to a key so that players can make their own dedicated moan button.
But now, as players continue to experiment with radio commands, more and more techniques are being unearthed. Unsurprisingly, the online community have found a new way to use their new-found powers for evil with fake in-game messages to confuse others in their lobby.
Now that most are familiar with the alt-f4 pranks, CS:GO players can instead troll each other with messages that are almost indistinguishable from official messages sent in the chat by the game. Though, there is a limit to the trolling as seeimgly only teammates can see these messages.
With the ability to change the colour of text by posting certain special characters into the console, it is now possible to make it look like somebody has opened a crate of which the contents can appear to be anything the typer can come up with.
From there, players have also figured out ways to send a message that says a chosen player has been permanently banned from CS:GO servers – leading to mass confusion and, in some cases, players going AFK to figure out what’s happening.
The discovery was posted by Redditor u/Marximimus who has since made his own website, which can be found in the comments of the linked thread, which simplifies the process so that anybody can generate their own codes.
Those who don’t want to be spammed by the messages or audio clips can simply mute the offending player via the volume adjustment button above their name on the scoreboard.
With the popularity of the radio commands and fake messages spreading like wildfire, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Valve quickly release a patch to fix and prevent the exploit.