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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.
Not enough time, plus my pc sucks.
I played Awesomenauts once, but I didn't have a ton of fun, my friend I was playing with told me traditional MOBAs are much less new user friendly,us All I have at the moment is a 3DS and I don't think it has any MOBAs.
I basically use a glorified laptop that barely runs youtube. I'm also 33 now and don't have time to dedicate to MOBA's. I only spend an hour plus playing video games anymore, but I do play daily.
Oh, but I DO play MOBAs... And enjoy them, of all things. Unheard of!
dota 2 is great and amazing but lol has the worst community short of cs
I downloaded Dota 2 when I got invited to the beta and I found it really fun when playing with bots but when I played a few online games, my experience sucked. Everyone expects you to have invested a ton of time in understanding each hero and watching youtube videos or twitch streams to know all the strategies. Whereas, I just want to play each hero because they all have unique awesome abilities. I'm sure that's why more people, especially readers that know what it is, don't play: it's intimidating.
If I understanding the genre, you need to have internet? So dead in the water there. Let's say I did, need friends dedicated to play something. Again, dead in the water. Also, a competent PC, that makes three dead in the water strikes before I even consider if I like the style of this kind of game.
I've definitely been playing DOTA 2. I played DOTA for a few years (when it first came out and all the heroes weren't even created yet). Anyways I took a massive break... like 7 years. I played mainly 360 games. Now I'm back it's still addicting to me. I don't have the time to play every day. I think I'm able to hang with regulars most of time because of my previous experience. That being said, some times I just get my s**t pushed in and it pisses me off like no other. Other times I dominate and feel like king of the world.
Anyways, my advice to new players and okay-average players is to ignore the trolls. Mute them if you don't like what they are saying and read, but don't respond to what they are typing. Most of the time if you have questions just ask and people will answer. There is so much strategy and teamwork to this game it can be overwhelming. Often times I just play against bots to try new items that I don't know what they do.
My favorite mode is random heroes for everyone.
Because they're not my tastes? lol
Many comments touch upon the toxicity of MOBA gamer communities, especially towards newcomers (I seem to recall that the unfavorable comparison to their CoD counterparts was actually made in a GI article a few years back). The obvious question then follows, with apologies to relevant folks: 'why so toxic?' I for one would find an article exploring this interesting reading.
Such toxicity, I think, bodes ill for teamwork - not a good thing in a genre focused on the concept - and an institutional hate-on for new players does not signal good things for the future of the genre (and, as rabbitsmashr points out, a collective willingness to forget that once upon a time, everyone was the new guy).
Merc Elite, as these games go, seems much simpler: small roster of champions, no ingame store (though the characters do have upgrade trees you can work on between games); and the actual action is at present more akin to Battlefield's conquest mode.
DOTA 2 may not be out to get as much cash from you as possible but LoL is a different story. I tried them once as well and didn't really get into it enough to stay committed but I'm definitely not hating.
Are you kidding me? I don't even have the time to play the games I already own. I'm practically desperate for shorter, quicker games to play if for no other reason than my chances of finishing them go way up. I simply don't have the time to invest in anything "massive" or "online" or MOBA or MMO.
I still haven't started BioShock Infinite or Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. Every time I buy a new game, my girlfriend likes to ask me how Transformers is going. I can only respond that I bought some of the toys, and that's about it.
so that's what MOBA means...
I played, HoN back in the day, I regularly play LoL and Dota 2. I love MOBAs. They're a very niche PVP game type that takes brains(maybe not in LoL) to master.
The top reasons why most people don't play them is A. They are NOT noob friendly so a lot of people get disenchanted with them quickly. But if you stick with them they're super fun. And B. The communities are absolutely terrible. Most people reference the COD playerbase as the worst gaming community, no. MOBAs have the most toxic, inconsiderate, vulgar communities that exist in gaming. There are exceptions to the rule, sure, but in general most MOBA players are cocky steaming piles of ***.