Welcome to Challenge Number 01.
If you don’t know what the Challenge Series 2009 is all about, please read the Introduction.
Onto the first challenge.
I challenge you to remove the crosshairs from you Heads Up Display (HUD).
Open the console and type “crosshairs 0“, to re-enable them open the console and type “crosshairs 1“.
If you are new to the console, HalfLife2.Net has a nice guide to get you started.
Let me ask you this. Why do we need those crosshairs? To make aiming easier of course. But isn’t that making the game too easy. Imagine if you had never played a video game before and the first one you did, didn’t have crosshairs. You would soon get used to where to aim.
I remember hearing about people who lost their crosshairs and for whatever reason couldn’t get it back, putting a very small sticker on their computer screen. I’d never really thought about it before but I suppose that the crosshairs are exactly in the centre of your screen, unless there is some vibration effect in action.
In fact, that would be an interesting test, to move the point that weapons hit an enemy, say from the exact centre to a little to the right (same height though). Although I doubt there would be any practical benefit to doing it.
Whilst it’s not the most important aspect of playing, once you get used to having no crosshair it may make you feel that an obstruction has been removed.
You may find the first 5 or 10 minutes a little strange, but I think that after then you won’t have much trouble.
Of course some weapons, depending on what game, map or mods you are playing, may have crosshairs as part of their design (sniper rifles for example). In these cases don’t worry.
If you are interested in learning more about Crosshairs I highly recommend The Bulls Eye”. You can learn how to create your own crosshair, although after this challenge why would you want to?
Don’t forget a major part of the challenge series is to share our experiences. Don’t let my questions limit you but here are some to get you started:
- How did you manage for the first 30 minutes?
- Did it get easier after that?
- Was your experience different for different weapons, or the distance to the enemy?
- Once the challenge is over will you continue playing without crosshairs?