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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.
The experience required to play effectively, coupled with the fact that a high percentage of MOBA players are, by necessity, unfriendly towards new players, has basically turned me off to playing MOBAs.
Meh, it really just wasn't my cup of tea. A bunch of my friends tried to get me into League of Legends, but the game never clicked with me. I didn't like the champion system since it almost ensured that certain champions would win, and I hated feeling like if the other team automatically had this guy and this guy and this guy we were at a disadvantage. Plus, at the end of the day, I just didn't have fun while playing them. Really, this was more of a LoL rant rather than MOBAs, but once your first game in a genre is bad, it's hard to bounce back into it.
I just don't care for them. I tried one out but I couldn't get into it and found it boring and just not my cup of tea. I am okay with RTS games; XCOM: EU was pretty fun for me and really addicting, even though I wasn't doing to well on medium mode. Guess it's a matter of taste.
Rather play a singleplayer game or local-co-op.
I played Dota for many years and was actually ranked 7th in the world (at least in stats in pub games) at one point. The demographics of people who played Dota were 50% jerks, 30% people who never talk, 10% noobs, 9% alright people, and 1% nice people. It is also a huge time sink without any foreseeable end.
I find that, as someone who has played mobas, the community can be rather uninviting. People get really intense about it, and if you mess up, they get mad fast.
"Let no good deed go unpunished" This is the mentality many MOBA players use when they're playing. Wheteher winning or losing your team mates are constantly hostile towards you or each other it seems no matter what the situation. Why stick out your hand to help if its constanly going to be bitten? Why stick around such a caustic community if you continue to get sick? Why spend thousands of hours learning how to use every character's ultimate to its fullest potential just to hear "Stop feeding" only because you died once the whole match? Why have real life friendships been torn asunder like a impaled mouse being eviscerated by the grey Shrike? Why?
Well, I do know what a MOBA is but I've never played one and my computer is complete crap. If I take it off of safe mode it just dies. No idea how to fix it. Neither can my friends. Plus I'm too broke to get a new one. But in all honesty, even if I had a gaming rig, I probably wouldn't play one because anonymity turns people into petulant ass@#%@s.
I don't care for competitive online gaming. I'm more for cooperative, if I game online at all.
Pretty much as simple as that.
Personally, any sort of multi, online or local, is unappealing to me. I want to game alone. Also, I'm not into competition.
because most of the communities are already really established. also they real time suckers and i like to play lots of games.
I'm not much of a PC player, but I've been told the basics by my cousin who plays almost religiously. It seems like a game where everyone has to take it seriously, whereas in CoD, you don't have to be a tryhard. While one bad apple can spoil a bunch as you said, one good one can save a team. From what I've been told, unless everyone in the game is doing their damnedest, you have no chance of winning. Sometimes I want to play leisurely, and when I want to play for keeps, I don't have to rely on my team to win in CoD. Ironically, I hate playing FFA in games.
I've played Dota 2 and I can see the appeal. Not my favorite genre as I prefer console gaming in most cases.
Having just purchased a new PC I've been trying out lot's of PC games that I've been missing. I also am just busier lately than normal and don't play as many games as I used to.