How to Change Your Name in "Counter-Strike"
By Aaron Parson
Updated September 22, 2017
The original "Counter-Strike" doesn't use your Steam user name in the game, and never asks for a name the first time you play. If you don't enter a name in the Options menu, you'll enter your first game as "player," highlighting you as a rookie to every enemy. You can change your name as often as you want -- even in the middle of a game -- so if you get tired of your name or need to add a clan tag, just head back to the Options menu or use the "name" console command.
Use the Options Menu
To change your name before you enter a game, click "Options" on the main menu and enter a new name in the "Player Name" box on the "Multiplayer" tab. Names in "Counter-Strike" can contain spaces, as well as numbers and symbols. You can also reach the menu during a game by pressing "Esc," but because the renaming process takes a few moments, it's best to wait until after you die or between rounds to avoid getting killed and hurting your team.
Use the Console
With a console command, you can change your name slightly faster in the middle of a game without covering much of the action on the screen. Press "~" to open the console. Type "name" without quotes, followed by a space and your new name. For names longer than one word, enclose the entire name inside quotes. Press "Enter" and then "~" to close the console. The change takes effect as soon as you close the console -- press "Tab" to check the scoreboard and see your updated name.
Aaron Parson has been writing about electronics, software and games since 2006, contributing to several technology websites and working with NewsHour Productions. Parson holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.