Ever wondered how people record videos of their game play in Counter Strike 1.6?
Do they use Screen Recorder Software or Cell Phones to record those videos?
The answer is, No!

Counter Strike 1.6 developers have added this awesome feature called Demo Recording built-in the game.
With This feature you can record videos of your CS 1.6 game without using any additional third party software!
It is not limited to recording your own game but it can also be used to record demo of other players while you are Spectating them.

The procedure is very easy. Follow the steps below:
Recording Demo:

  • Make sure you are in any Server
  • Open your Game Console. (Press the key labelled ~ or ` just below the Esc key in the upper left corner of your keyboard!)
  • When you want to start recording the demo, type record demo123 in the bottom line and press Enter. Here demo123 is the Demo Name. Demo Name can be anything you imagine. Do not add spaces in Demo Name. Demo starts recording once you press Enter and close the Game Console!
  • Counter Strike 1.6 Console Demo Recording

  • When you want to stop recording, open game console, type stop and press Enter. The demo recording will be instantly stopped!
  • Congrats! The demo has been recorded and saved on your computer.
  • Now close the game and goto your cstrike folder. In Windows 7 & 8, cstrike folder is located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Valve\cstrike while in Windows XP and older Windows versions, cstrike folder is present at C:\Program Files\Valve\cstrike
  • In some cases, the file is present in C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Counter-Strike 1.6\cstrike
  • The Demo file demo123.dem will be placed inside the cstrike folder.
    Counter Strike 1.6 Demo File In CStrike Folder
  • If you want to share this file on Facebook or Email it, don’t forget to Compress it using Zipped Folder!

Playing Demo:

  • Copy the Demo File to your cstrike folder (If its not already there!)
  • Run Counter Strike 1.6
  • Open the Game Console and type playdemo demo123
  • Demo will starting playing.
  • If you want to catch cheaters, type demoui2; sv_cheats 1; r_drawothermodels 2 in game console while the demo is playing. Watch their game closely for any suspicious moves!
  • Some players are using the Hearing technique to know about an approaching enemy so make sure you distinguish them from the actual cheaters :)

Demo Recording is most commonly used by Admins and Normal Players to record the game play of cheaters as a Proof-of-Cheat (PoC)
This feature can also be used to record your own game when you are about to perform those cool stunts in game.
Some people use it as an alternative to Screen Shots when people blame them for Photoshoped Screen Shots 😉

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in comments!