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CS:GO's chickens are wearing festive Christmas sweaters again

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The holidays are here, as announced by CS:GO's chickens and their garish new sweaters. Please refer to the above image of a chicken wearing a sweater in CS:GO for verification that the chickens are wearing sweaters. They sure are.

Experienced CS:GO players know that the point of CS:GO is to defend chickens with your life, especially after claiming one by targeting it and pressing 'use' to make it follow you around. We must be even more vigilant when our chickens are wearing bright sweaters, as they're easier targets. Please protect the chickens this winter.

Chicken sweaters were a feature in last year's CS:GO winter update, too. Aside from the increased fowl coziness, the latest patch—which went out yesterday—adds a new audio setting, Head-Related Transfer Function, which seeks to "vastly improve 360 degree vertical and horizontal sound positioning." There are also some tweaks to public lobbies, the Nuke map, and a note that "third-person weapon angles now visibly match first-person weapon recoil." 

Players can also buy $1 gifts to give out to random players in their matches, spreading some nice holiday cheer. (I tried to give a present to a chicken but it didn't work and I accidentally shot the chicken. I'm sorry.)

Read the full patch notes here (opens in new tab).

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.