Counter-Strike Shooter tries the real thing

A day at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier in Quebec allowed video game champion “missharvey” to jump from the virtual world to reality. Photo by Private Marc-André Leclerc, Valcartier Imagery

A day at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier in Quebec allowed video game champion “missharvey” to jump from the virtual world to reality. Photo by Private Marc-André Leclerc, Valcartier Imagery

Édouard Dufour, Adsum newspaper ~

Stéphanie Harvey – known as “missharvey” by the international video gaming community – is a five-time world champion in the Counter-Strike shooter video game.

In July, she learned how to use real weapons at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier.

Harvey is a video game designer at Ubisoft Montréal, and a prominent professional player on social media. She is followed by 116,000 people on Twitch alone, a platform where live video games can be watched.

During her visit on July 18, she was accompanied by four members of 1e Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment. After donning army battle dress, she was driven to the training area to test her shooting skills. She learned to buy the latest AR-15 rifles, the C6, C8 and C9 machine guns. She also tested a 9mm Browning pistol and a C14 Timberwolf sniper rifle.

She practiced for nearly an hour under a blazing sun. She compared this rather physical experience to her workouts in the gym.

This incursion into the military world was not the first for the professional player. A few weeks previous, she parachuted with the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, the Skyhawks at 3 Wing Bagotville. She then emphasized the similarity between the teamwork of the military and that of professional video game players.

Corporal Cédric Sabourin was one of those who accompanied Harvey during her visit to the Valcartier base. He noted the professional video game player was able to make impressive group shots with a pistol, a rare occurrence for someone starting out.

Harvey had the final opportunity to practice urban combat as part of a simulation at Building 3 of the Militia Training Support Centre. According to Cpl Sabourin, she observed several parallels between the actual attack strategies and those advocated in the Counter-Strike video game as “coverage angle monitoring.”

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  1. James says:

    Counter-Strike shooter video game is a nice game and thanks for the information

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