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Update: Winners have been announced! Congrats to all the winners!

Posted by Henley on Feb 23rd, 2012

Hello Modders and Modies. As you know yesterday I hinted at being able to win yourself access to the newest CS:GO beta and today is the day you find out how. This is going to be a fairly simple contest to give 15 keys to our community, the other 5 keys will be given out to the some of the more active people within ModDB (as judged by staff).

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To enter all you need to do is impress the staff by writing a simple limerick, poem or short story about why you should be in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive beta and if that is too difficult counter-strike in general will also suffice. Post your entries in the comment section below. You can enter as many times as you like, and the most creative and original entries (extra points for funny entries) will win. You have two days to enter, and winners will be notified by personal message on ModDB. If you do not claim the reward within a day we will just give it too another entrant. Take note, if you submit your entries in any other way we will ignore it so don't bother.

Best of luck!


We have our winners! Check your inbox soon for your beta key.

Here is a gamer named Manatee
Who had only one last plee
He can't aim for shit
and constantly rage quits
But all he wants is one key

ModDB: This kinda sums up my experiences with counter-strike over the years.

The keys are few,
The crew is wise,
A contest of English,
The noobs demise.
To play Global Offense,
With a free beta key,
Would be so intense,
Where else, but ModDB.

ModDB: Love it, especially how you rhymed ModDB with something.

people who play CS try for headshots
some people may claim they use aimbots
nothing is sadderwhen people cry "hacker!"
when people just like to play a lot

ModDB: I am sure it was all just skill! Like your mad rhymes.

Awpers, Awpers, everywhere
Will they see me?
I don't care
In B tunnels?
At long A?
Well placed frag grenade,
And they ragdoll away

ModDB: AWPers more like no-skillers... HA. I'm funny.

Open the door
Get on the floor
Please give me a key because I'm poor

ModDB: Lets hope this funds your archaeology event.

Bullets ablazing
Newbies a hating
Aim bot Aim bot they cry
but I'm just amazing

The sniper they fear
A scoping i steer
as the bullet leaves the chamber
Not a head is left near

ModDB: I dunno about you guys but twinnuke's new album is hella-tight!

roses are red
violets are blue
i hope this will have a proper promod

ModDB: You and me both sister!

For the first time on ModDB,
The Devs tried to make a fool of me,
Wasting my time,
To come up with rhymes,
Just for a damn beta key.

ModDB: I'm sorry alright... I just wanted to be with the cool kids.

A key to this game, I desire
And proof of this fact, you require?
With one single move
My fervor I'll prove
By lighting my crotch hair on fire!

ModDB: I am afraid to ask for pictures to confirm this, but I love your commitment!

24/7 born and raised
on dust 2 is where i spent
most of my days
poppin' off headshots
no scopin' these fools
gettin' called haxxor
like it's preschool
when a couple of t's
who are up to no good
started causing trouble
down in packaged goods
got in one little knife fight
and the admin got scared
says you going to csgo beta
you belong in there

ModDB: Shit just got real....

In 2000 it first began,
To four different games it would span,
With great mods and fun,It became number one,
The Counter Strike franchise change man.
One of these glad men was I,
Who, for Counter Strike: GO, would die,
But without a beta key,
No GO for me :(,
I'll make sure that key is all mine.

ModDB: You sir are a poet for the ages!!!

My girlfriend cried "You must come to bed!"
"Quit CS and I'll give you great head!"
I cried "Dear I can't yet!"
"I really must plant this!"
Guess I'll have to whack it instead!

ModDB: I was tempted to not pick this one, I cannot deny it is clever though!


"Invalid CD Key", Steam?
I swear! I´ve got it from ModDb!
Was it a dream?
Where is my CS:GO beta key!!?

Well, I still need my fix!
So what will it be?
It´s back to 1.6...Or wait for Half-life Three?

Damn it.

ModDB: Wait! The first key I sent you didn't work? I'm sorry here is another...


Registered today
Now im itching to play
Saw this contest
That sparked my interest
Oh to kill again
On my steam engine
Missing the thrills
Of a Counter strike kill
To fill this void
you have been employed
Now all I seeis this beta key...

ModDB: Welcome to the family of mad rhymes and modders! Have a key...


Twas the night before the beta,
And all through the map,
Not a CT was stirring,
Except John J. Fap,

When the terrorists rushed in,
Weapons held high,
John J. pulled a pin,
And watched them fly,

With one terrorist left,
And no where to run,
John J. said,"Now ain't this fun?"

His weapon a blazing,
The terrorist's balls they were grazing,

In the end he saved the day,
Old John J.,
So wake up CTs,
Don't be AFK.

ModDB: Don't you be AFK accepting this key!

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all those who entered. So many entries!

Post comment Comments  (100 - 150 of 635)
Brostix Feb 21 2012 says:

I want a CS:GO beta key!
Because Bf3 and cod mw3 sucks!

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Dman757 Feb 21 2012 says:

Dear sir Dave Traeger
this haiku is just for you
and well, cs:go

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keruD Feb 21 2012 says:

From ESEA to CAL
Open to Main
From leaders like Angel Munoz
To ESEAs L.P. Kane

We've seen teams like Dynamic, Simplify, and NwG
We've seen failures, like kTrain, to ESEAs AC

No matter the competition
No matter the prize
We continue to play
To see our opponents demise

Whilst a pubber at heart, you strive to get good at this game
Never putting it down until you hath tamed
The pubbers, the campers, the hackers, the pros
The awpers, the nerdgins, the ********, and bros

Till this all hath'd done, you'd better keep playing
Cause GO's coming out and the hackers are waiting

Ive had this game forever, and will continue to have fun
Here's the ID, 0:1 and then :6951


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Mr.John Feb 21 2012 says:

Many poems are good guys, really enjoyed them. Some had a few flaws in my opinion but they were also enjoyable. Cant wait to see who wins this :D

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Wolf_van_Krautz Feb 21 2012 says:

With blood and rage of crimson red,
Ripped from a corpse so freshly dead,
Together with our hellish hate,
We'll burn you all--That is your fate!

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Koreec Feb 21 2012 says:

When you kill 6 people in Unreal
Tournament it's "Monster Kill",
In Quake3 it's "Excellent",
in Counter-Strike it's "Kicked by console".
"Added to Bannlist"

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Wombo194 Feb 21 2012 says:

If you give me a key
I'll be your g
I'd like to test the recoil
Please don't spoil

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ProfessorMorgan Feb 21 2012 says:

I want to play CS: GO because last year I have behaved very well, but Santa still gave me a beta key.

I've been thinking maybe I'm not so good ... I did not sleep at night, all thought and thought. Maybe I did not do anything. Maybe I'm not needing my grandmother moved across the street? Maybe the store I bought the last bottle of CocaCola?

The other day I decided to get better and to raise your karma to new heights!
I stopped to trample the grass in the parks. Ceased to crush biscuits and even stopped to scatter socks around the house.
I promise to behave well and this year if I get a key :)

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Firesprayer Feb 21 2012 says:

Part 1(P2 is below, I hit the 2k limit): A while ago, back in 2005 I started playing CS:S. Although I was a bit late to the party, I jumped right in a random server and funny enough it was the famous de_dust2. Basically, I loved the old times of CS, I joined a clan and their server exclusively played Iceworld. I loved it, every day I use to get on. Over time the community sort of died and I went to a ZombieMod server and found a new one there, I had great times within CS. And like the last, that community eventually died too. Being part of a community in Counter-Strike is what I felt made the game. Going on to play a match with a couple of your clanmates against another clan was great fun. The crazy gamemodes people came up with like Zzap! and Surf really made the CS experience just great. All this stuff is within the past and just hearing about CS: GO made me feel nostalgic for it. I want to participate in it because who knows, I can find another community I can hop into and start that entire experience again. I find it quite exciting that I am actually writing this up for a key, but hey, I loved the old times of Counter-Strike and I really would like to be back within it again. Every once in a while I get on and oh boy, my Counter-Strike skills are rusty. Having 5 deaths and zero kills, but hey, it was fun. One of those deaths may or may not have been from a flashbang. Counter-Strike really has been one of those great memories for me and I am sure for many other people too. It is just one of those games once you get into it and find some friends, it sticks with you and makes you remember all those great times you had.

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IGotzNoSkittles78 Feb 21 2012 says:

One more round of Counter-Strike 1.6,
Gotta get the final frag before I call it quits,
A simple Five on Five, I know we can win this.
It was until than the round went haywire,
Three of my teammates go down, none on the other.
Damn, this situation is dire.
Maybe I should move onto Source?

One more game of Counter-Strike Source,
Me and my friend wanted it to be a game to remember,
So we played a game of Horse,
My Friend got a kill, I got a kill,
My Friend got a headshot, I got a headshot,
My Friend knifed a guy, I knifed a guy,
My Friend blew up a guy, I blew up a guy,
My Friend died, well ****, I died.

Little did I know MODDB were giving off Beta Keys,
Beta Keys for Counter-Strike Global Offensive.
I thought to myself I had nothing to lose,
Just gotta type a simple poem,
Maybe I should tell my friends the news.

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Firesprayer Feb 21 2012 says:

Part 2: Just hop on your clan server, play with a couple of your friends and try to pull off those ~360 no scope BEAST~ montages was fun. Gotta say moddb, without this contest you put up, I wouldn't have really been able to share some of my fun past experiences in CS. A bit sorry for the long wall of text, but hey, Counter-Strike really is just one of those great games that stick with you and really make you wish you could have that much fun again.

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LiarInGlass Feb 21 2012 says:

Waiting on a third sequel is hard
I'd rather sit inside than play in my yard
I suck really bad at Counter Strike
But I always try my best to put up a fight
Some players are nice
And others are cruel
Let me into the Beta so I can feel cool
It's getting late, now I am tired
A little fact, ModDB I've always admired
Not sucking up or trying to win
Just saying thanks for the good times you've given
To all of us, we just want a shot
I had a clever line placed here
But now I've forgot
One more thing I must say
It seems Gabe grew a beard
We're all more eager to play
He has an announcement
We've all started to cheer!
There was disappointment in what he wanted us to see
As it was nothing more than simply Portal 3.

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leetalex Feb 21 2012 says:

Frag so hard, cs:go_dev don't wanna invite me.

Why won't they invite me?

was waiting for this my whole life so could you please invite me.

Frag so hard, they wanna ban me.

They don't know that sh*t don't phase me.

your score is like 0-82 and I look at you like this kid's crazy

Frag so hard, for this key

But you ain't even gonna pick me.

Frag so hard, since 04.

Its only right that we be fair.

:) ♥

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milkboxx Feb 21 2012 says:

I started playing when it was 1.6
me and my friends thought the game was sick
we'd play on LAN near and far
we made a clan and played real hard
oh I remember the days of 1.6
keyboards clacking and mouses click
i'll never forget the times we had
the friends I made and the noobs who were sad
and if we didn't play we couldn't wait to get our fix
Oh yes I remember the days
the days of Counter Strike ONE POINT SIX

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SickBow Feb 21 2012 says:

I'm stuck in a rut, with few games to play
a key would shed light on my drab of a day
so valve i ask you
be kind to a such noob
shoot me a key, sanity will soon give way!

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pinecleandog Feb 21 2012 says:

Once apon a time there was a mod
a mod brought to you by a god
But to play for free
you need a key
and that's how i will play this mod :D

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nikolai13 Feb 21 2012 says:

When a man found this contest,
He asked himself with ease...
"How will a man get a beta key" Without Protest?
All i have to do is simply say Please :D

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Mariobrony64 Feb 21 2012 says:

I not always the best,
Just take a guess.

Though I have some fun when I am doing great,
Just going through the the scoreboard at Grade-A Rate.

Sneaking around gets me excited,
Then going in the battle is very delighting.

Reason I ask for this Beta key is just to have fun,
Try out all the new guns.

CS 1.6,CS:CZ,and CS:S brought me so much joy,
So please, I would like a key, so I could enjoy it some more.

+1 vote     reply to comment
pendelum5 Feb 21 2012 says:

Treading here softly
Rushing points and and fireworks
Carve a scene of war

+1 vote     reply to comment
AAvenger Feb 21 2012 says:

16k is all I need,
16k to make them bleed,
An Awp and Deag will make them flee,
I'll kill them all then you'll see,
One of your keys would be best with me

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KingJones Feb 21 2012 says:

2 Reds Walking down the Street... K-I-S-S-I-N-G, First Comes Love, then Comes Marriage, then Comes the Man with the Big Blue Carriage(Queers), Anyways...
Mean time you've got 2 T's Sitting in a Carriage...
CT: "We've gottem in Sight Sir."
Leader: "Copy, What's your Location?"
CT: "IT'S OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!"
Leader: "Copy... Take the Shot."
CT: *Shots Fired* "BOOM HEADSHOT!!!!"
GAME-VOICE: "D-D-D-Double KEEIILL, KIll, kill....."

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HDarkseer™ Feb 21 2012 says:

Back in 2001 when i started playing Counter Strike I didn't knew jack s**t. I was a very bad player. With the years i got better. And in 2009 I started playing in tournaments with some friends. When we went to the place we saw some very big bulgarian players and we lost some of our confidence. We waited 1 hour and we had to play against a clan named DaRkkSiDeRs (now I am in this clan). We fought and I managed to get the last kill to win the round and the match. At that moment I couldn't believe we won. We all started celebrating. We didn't care about who we had to fight next we were so happy. They said we had to fight a team named DOOM and now they are now one of the best. Now I want to get a code for the beta. If I get a code I will give my steam to my friends so they can play too.

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Mkilbride Feb 21 2012 buried:


Don't give me a Key, regardless, as I don't really care for CS:GO

Was just in it for chuckles, so don't waste one on me, give it to someone who WANTS to play.

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isoerdem Feb 21 2012 says:

If you are playing cs source recently, you must listen this story:

It was any other day like playing counter strike. I was a counter-terrorist. Guess what I am the worst player, I know they gonna kick me from server. The map was inferno, I was waiting in bombsite, hiding behind boxes. I decided to take out arrow in my knee keeping me hiding. Once I got out, I killed 3 guys in a row in 4 seconds. That is real story. Then other guys interested in me. They were saying " why did u make your brother play so much?". After that moment, I realized online gaming deserves me. Not arrow in my knee is important, now I became dragonborn :)

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twinnuke Feb 21 2012 says:

Bullets ablazing
Newbies a hating
Aim bot Aim bot they cry
but I'm just amazing

The sniper they fear
A scoping i steer
as the bullet leaves the chamber
Not a head is left near

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burwij Feb 21 2012 says:

A haiku:

Global Offensive
Cross-platform multiplayer
Playstation beware

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ZaliaS Feb 21 2012 replied:

A Haiku is 5,7,5 and you did only 2,2,2

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ahelenek1990 Feb 21 2012 replied:

that is 5,7,5, its syllables, not words, go back to elementary school dude.

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ZaliaS Feb 21 2012 replied:

My bad bro, thought it was words. Haven't done poetry since the 8th grade.

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altercuca Feb 21 2012 says:

I'm sorry Moddb!!!
I never meant to leave you
I never meant to make firefox crash; but tonight
I cleaning out my hard drive

meh for originality but it sure is funny ;)
may the best win :)

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l1san Feb 21 2012 says:

I do full auto
Right on the go
But my sneaky ennemies
Don't play like dummies
They do headshots
In my head full of shots
And so I die
Like a buttrefly
Right on the go
For the sake of the full auto

Please let me go
'cause your kill/deat ratio
Will be happy
To see me


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medve Feb 21 2012 says:

roses are red
violets are blue
i hope this will have a proper promod

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PlaidCactus Feb 21 2012 says:

There once was a cactus of plaid,
That couldn't help but be quite sad;
No matter how hard he tried,
He always got fried
And every CS player called him a bad.

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thEbEe Feb 21 2012 says:

Bzz bZZZ bzzzzz CS:GO
BzZZZZZzz bzz beta key,
Bz bz bz bzzzzzzzz I want one.
Bzzz thank bzzzz you !

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Exigopro Feb 21 2012 says:

Exi wants to have a key
For he wants to go on a killing spree
Never has he wanted it this much
Or perhaps he'll just wants to get his aim to adjust.

Hope you like it :D

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Dirt_Diggller Feb 21 2012 says:

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Give me a Key
So I can kill You!

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ahelenek1990 Feb 21 2012 says:

My little haiku about the game that introduced me to the world of competitive gaming. Enjoy

Bomb has been Planted
I am the one and only
Oh snap boom headshot

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Zay333 Feb 21 2012 replied:

"Take note, if you submit your entries in any other way we will ignore it so don't bother."

In other words, they don't accept haiku's.

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ahelenek1990 Feb 21 2012 replied:

you sure about that, cause this is what I read.

"...impress the staff by writing a simple limerick, poem or short story about..."

The last I checked a haiku is a short form of Japanese poetry. But just to be sure, cause I mean, hell, what do I know, Ill link you to a few definitions listed by accepted online dictionaries.


I don't know about you, but both are listed as "a poem written in this form."

And if you go on and say "by its first defination, it is considered a verse" Then to you I say, (merriam-webster(dot)com/dictionary/poem) "1:): a composition in verse"

a verse is a poem, and vice verse ;)

So if they don't accept this entry, I will be very disappointed since they are making an unfair ruling by not allowing an entry that has respected the rules and regulations they have listed. It is not my fault they were not specific.

Thank you :)

I will fight for this key. Just to let you know. Best of luck to you all.

On a side note, I believe "Take note, if you submit your entries in any other way we will ignore it so don't bother." was meant toward where you post the poem, they do not want entries e-mailed, written, or linked. They want a comment in the comment section of this article/thread. Reading Compression, its a very important skill, you should learn it sometime, it does wonders!

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Zay333 Feb 21 2012 replied:

Then I guess you're still in the game,
good luck ;)

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Henley Author
Henley Feb 22 2012 replied:

No that is mostly about pesting staff over personal messages or something.

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Admiral_Skeybar Feb 21 2012 says:

I'm not a CS: Source player,

I don't like the atmosphere, I'm not such a gamer.

So I do not request a beta key for my Steam account,

give it to someone who will enjoy it for the full amount.


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ponpat Feb 21 2012 says:

Because my english is to bad for poems just a little story why I think I should win a beta key.
Whenever I play a game, use a programm etc. I try to find bugs, and ways to improve everything. I give the developers feedback whenever and however I can and make detailed bug reports, concept pictures and stuff like that. Whenever I am in a Beta I try to be a Beta-Tester as good as possible and not just one of the "I want to play it earlier"-guys which sadly are about 95% of the most guys.
To CS: I played it cery much when it was released nad also CS:S for a long time. Until the big update in... May 2010 I think. I was one of the guys who thought rebalancing the prices for weapons would help people to play other weapons then just the usual selections just because I thought many weapons were ood but to expensive in compare to others. I was part in a discussion in the steamforums to IMPROVE the game in a good way but me and the other guys who want a better CS got flamed because "it will destroy CS:S when most people start to play other weapons then which are played at the moment". For me this was the point where I thought, when people do not want to change anything or improve anything and start flaming you for your opinion I do not want to be in this communioty, so I stoped playing CS and played many of the other games out there. But I still love CS and want to help becoming CS:GO the best CS, even the best multiplayer shooter out there. That is why I hope to get one of the keys. (yeah not funny not a poem but this are words which I think mean very much especially because it is absolutly the truth and not just a "try to get a key"-text.).

Anyways: good luck to anybody in this contest.

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func_Mathias Feb 21 2012 says:

I bend down for you,
on my knees.
All i want,
is a beta key!

It's not up to me,
so please be nice.
A beta key,
would sure be nice.

I could almost die happy,
but not really yet.
I still need Half-Life 3,
to make my life complete!

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angelcs Feb 21 2012 says:

people aim
with their bot
having an idea
that they got skill
but if u wish you where like me
you would know
that you weren't good as me

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Zay333 Feb 21 2012 says:

Counter-Strike opens a new opportunity
So that I can feed my ever-growing creativity,
Gone are the days when people played official maps,
Once I get my hands on ye old thinking caps.

Ps.: Check the initials ;)

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ZaliaS Feb 21 2012 says:

For the first time on ModDB,
The Devs tried to make a fool of me,
Wasting my time,
To come up with rhymes,
Just for a damn beta key.

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LeNzER1 Feb 21 2012 says:

give me that counter-strike beta key
because im like a dope fiend playing this game
do you know what i mean! i wanna get 40-0 kill streak.

i aint no hardcore gaming geek freak this is what
i seek to entertain me pick me because i bring this lyrical thunder to this slumber just wonder what a real elite gunner might do to these noobs give me that beta key will so it can end my hunger!

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morder553 Feb 21 2012 says:

i wait to the game comes out then i play =D

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MilkywayM16 Feb 21 2012 says:

Limerick 1:
If you value your lives and your sanity
you'll give me a Counter Strike Beta Key.
I won't hunt you down
You won't have to drown
As long as you give one to me.

Limerick 2:
CS:GO looks like quite the game,
but how am I to know it's not lame?
I don't have a key.
No one loves me.
Still no response, what a shame.

Limerick 3:
I would love to be part of the Beta.
I could provide Valve with some useful data.
Such as which weapon is best
And which makes me stressed
The only thing that rhymes now is theta.

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