Sprays have appeared in both Counter-Strike 1.6 and Source, but for some reason, they were absent from the latest version of the shooter, Global Offensive. They’ve made a return now thankfully as part of a new Graffiti Update, just not quite in the way people may have expected (via Polygon):
It’s time to make your mark with a wide range of graffiti patterns now available as drops and in graffiti boxes as offers. Graffiti can be applied to the in-game environment wherever you want, so use your imagination and decorate the world for yourself, your friends, and (when the opportunity presents itself) your enemies.
For starters, these sprays are in no way customisable like they used to be in 1.6 and Source. All a player has at their disposal is whatever Valve deems worthy of being added to the game. Sure, this means no crude or offensive pieces of art will slip their way into the shooter, but it also means that players have zero room for creativity, and that really sucks.
Secondly, these sprays have been monetised – they can be purchased in the same fashion as a weapon skin (via a box). They’re not entirely hidden behind a pay wall at least. They can be obtained as a free weekly drop for ranking up too.
I don’t normally have an issue with a company charging for cosmetics, but the fact that sprays were a free feature in the past, and now Valve have slapped a price on them… yeah, that’s not cool. This particular bullet point under the Graffiti FAQ really got to me though:
How many times can I use a graffiti pattern?
When a player unseals graffiti they can apply that pattern 50 times. Players who unseal a graffiti pattern they already have in their Inventory will receive 50 additional charges to their existing supply.
Hang on, you mean to tell me that sprays have limited uses? Look, I know that they are obtainable for free (at a rate of one a week), and that they’re completely optional, but the fact that they can only be used 50 times is absurd, or at least it is to me. Even the fact that they’re no longer customisable is ridiculous.
When did Valve become this greedy? Graffiti is surely a feature that they could’ve given to the community at no additional cost? I mean, sprays were (and still are) completely free in 1.6 and Source, so why do they now suddenly cost money, and why do they have a finite amount of uses?