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According to a recent Game Informer poll, about 30 percent of responders had no interest in MOBAs (multiplayer online battle arenas). Another 30 percent didn’t even know what a MOBA was, and only 10 percent of you played MOBAs regularly.
Last weekend, The International Dota 2 Championships drew in a record 4.5 million unique viewers on Twitch and culminated with winning team Alliance taking home $1.4 million of a $2.8 million pot — the largest in eSports history. My question to you is: why the disparity?
Until this year, I had no experience with MOBAs. I have gaps in my gaming knowledge, but rarely do I know nothing about an entire genre. I began playing Dota 2 with four friends and was immediately hooked by its unbending reliance on teamwork and communication. Unlike in Call of Duty, one bad apple really can spoil the whole bunch.
This isn’t a campaign to get everyone invested in Dota 2 or League of Legends; people play what they like, and that’s great. But what’s holding you back from giving MOBAs a try? Some of the best ones are free to play, and not in an exploitative way. For those without a gaming PC, there are great console options like Awesomenauts or Monday Night Combat that offer twists on the genre.
If you already decided to dive in, what convinced you to take the plunge? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Update: For those asking, a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) is a subset of the real-time strategy genre in which players control one hero instead of an army of units. Using teamwork and hero skills, players push up a series of lanes lined with turrets and weak non-player characters until they reach and destroy the enemy's base. There are, of course, many variants across different games. Adam's review of Dota 2 goes into more detail.
I just don't know what a MOBA is. If I knew what a MOBA actually was, I would definitely give the genre a try.
Because I don't really play multiplayer games anymore. I'll play the occasional match in Gears of War or CoD, but that's about it.
Basically, if I can't play by myself, I don't bother. Online gaming is just not something I enjoy. I still game on my PC but if it's online, especially cooperative, I just stay away.
I've known what MOBA's are for a while now, but I didn't start playing them until this past year. I think the reason why is just accessibility and difficulty. I'm mostly reiterating what others have said so far, but it's true that MOBA's often have an extremely unforgiving learning curve, and that not a lot of people have friends who play them. Add in the fact that many of them require a good PC to play, and you find people being alienated by the genre pretty quickly.
i don't play mobas or any other heavily required multilayer game because you have to rely on other people.
Cause I don't know what an MOBA IS.
None of them are appealing to me. I guess the gameplay is what isn't appealing. I'll play shooters, racing games, open world, action games, rpgs, and the occasional strategy game, but neither Dota 2 nor LoL are games I'm interested in playing. I didn't know Monday Night Combat was considered a MOBA, that game was fun for a while. I guess if more Mobas were in the genres I like, I'd play them.
I myself don't partake in playing MOBAs but they are quite fun to watch. I've seen a few 'Let's Plays' on Youtube, but I didn't know about the championships until they were over. I will however be looking forward to next years.
I don;t even know what MOBA is...
hope that helps.
PS : even if I knew what that is the answer would probably be : "Because I don't have enough free time"
still don't know what it is.
Oh, a lot of things, but the primary one is my computer. I am not old (or rich) enough to get my own, and the one I'm using to type this with could never hold LOL. Also:
: those games are Skyrim's and WOW's love child. I could spend years and years and years playing and never get anywhere because MOBAs are very hard on newbies. You'll play 50 battles, lose 47, hardly get any on 2, and maybe luck out on one. And seeing yourself getting all that experience and hardly ever doing something with it feels more like slaving away than making progress.
: I don't have the time to invest all the time required.
: none of my friends even know what a Massive Online Battle Arena is.
I made an account just to say this.
I don't play MOBAs for several reason.
1:Toxic communities(Usually the reason I don't play mutliplayer at all)
2:Too much stress(It is too team focused, and if you mess up a little bit, you will feel the full force of point 1)
3:Boring gameplay(They took out 90% of the fun parts of RTS games, added in 1% RPG, and gave it a focus on multiplayer.)
I'm just not that interested in PC gaming, really.
I just don't like the really slow paced gameplay, I find it boring playing in the same match for up 45 minutes. This may sound like a weird dislike, but i'm not a fan of how long it takes to kill people in league (haven't played dota).
I still don't know what one is. lol. figuring out what they are and how they play would be a good starting point for me.