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Both games are good, though I love 1.6 better.

One thing ruins all the gameplay. Non-steam players (more than 70% of them are cheating.)
They can't be banned, can't be checked.

Is there a way to find STEAM ONLY servers? Original, non-cracked, with VAC... I mean.
I have tried Xfire, Game-arena, with not much luck. (Only searching for "Steam" in the name of the servers.)

I would appreciate any ideas!

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Why not just look for VAC-enabled servers? –  user56 Jul 3 '11 at 12:42
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Because cracked servers are VAC enabled. It may seem stupid, but the crack enables VAC, yet allows non-steam people to join. –  Shiki Jul 4 '11 at 0:15

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there is no option but to have your own server. sadly the market for renting servers has been monopolised by a few who charge exhorbitant prices that a normal gamer cannot afford. one wonders, why do these people spend money and host servers for free for others - after years of observation it is obvious that most of them are spoilt kids of rich parents and want some sort of bossy thing to do in their life so they either own a server or pay to become an admin and then hack. i have googled all of google and no solution works, because it is very unlikely that you will find a nearby server with honest and skilled admins and cool mates to play with. in india, you eithe fork out money or suffer corruption, either waste money or time, same logic here, either waste money and play without nuisance or don't buy a server, play on pub, and endure the shit of the offspring of corrupt parents (india specific flame). one or the other. so i have realised i need to become more rich, so i can afford to run a server the way it should be run and play without getting killed by some cheater. if no money, then stfu and suffer, try and kill the hackers despite their advantage (i knife the wallers most of the time no shit im god on awp_india) and stay quiet when they taunt you even when you know thy are hacking.

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I think there's an answer in here somewhere, but it is difficult to tell as it quickly devolves into a wall-o-text rant. –  Trent Hawkins Jun 9 at 3:09

In the server menu is an option to search for VAC-secured servers There are NO official steam servers, There are only induvidual gamers and communities who run these.

Just looking for VAC secured servers should be enough to prevent having to deal with hackers. Othwerwise consider joining a community that has some good servers (I will not name any) Most bigger communities have admins on at most times and when you stick around them you might find some guys/gals who are great to hang around with.

Also consider that some people aren't actually hacking alltough I would allways accuse them of doing so, CS is one of these games where some people just developed insane skills

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The "VAC flag" is ON on almost 99% of the servers. However, it lets all people join, and if you are a non-steam user, you get NO check by VAC. VAC won't see you on the server. That's why, filtering by VAC doesn't work. (SADLY!) –  Shiki Jul 4 '11 at 0:16
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Well then use the last option.. find a good community that has secured their server with more then VAC and primarily has an admin on most of the time. Honestly, I have no problem finding servers without hacking, I wonder why you do... –  HTDutchy Jul 4 '11 at 6:24
    
Well, I'll give one upvote for every comment containing a good server. –  Shiki Jul 5 '11 at 8:07
    
Check out the "family" servers. They have some of the best communities and do a really good job policing for hacks. –  F Oak Aug 10 '11 at 15:33

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