In my last article, I talked briefly about how a bad experience with a community can turn someone away from a game for years to come. For me, one such game was Counter-Strike due to the characteristically unfriendly community and the non-newb friendly gameplay.
There is still, however, one game that fills me with more dread that Counter-Strike. Honestly, I’d much rather go play EVE than try out this game and I really didn’t like EVE.
As you can probably guess by now, it’s DOTA 2.
The trouble is that there isn’t just one reason why I don’t want to play it, but I do kind of want to see what the fuss is about. So, on the advice of my counsellor, here are the top four reasons why I’m not looking forward to the full release of Valve’s upcoming DOTA 2.
Gamers who have been playing for a while will know that some communities are just nicer than others and there doesn’t seem to be a sure way to tell if they’ll be naughty or nice.
Counter-Strike? Terrible community. Call of Duty 2? The only reason why I played that for so long was BECAUSE of the great community. With first person shooters, the mileage can vary as you can find a good set or servers or a bad set of servers.
But with MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) games like LoL (League of Legends) and DOTA 2 (Don’t Ostracise That Antelope), you’re stuck with what you’re given. Maybe things have changed over the years, but the community of players on the original DOTA were not very nice people.
- Selected the wrong Champion? Fuck you.
- Not been there to immediately help a team mate? Fuck you.
- Tower in your lane destroyed? Fuck you.
- Being a new enough player to not know what any of the above means?
FUCK YOU LONG HAIRED GINGER BASTARD NO ONE LOVES YOU KILL YOURSELF.
I heard that many of the old assholes went over to Heroes of Newerth whereas the more friendly bunch went over to League of Legends (Rabid Ferret: please confirm) but that does beg the question: who fills the population of DOTA 2? My money is on the ‘asshole’ option, so you can understand why I’m not overjoyed at the prospect of being the newbie punching bag again. All of this is alleviated somewhat by having a friend or two who I can play with, but this leads me onto my next concern.
I have no idea what I’m doing
New FPS? Give me five minutes and I’ll have everything mapped out in my head. Theories of infinity? I saw them as an interesting concept when the rest of my class was tearing their hair out. String Theory? I taught my physics teacher an easier way to think about it than he was presenting.
MOBA games? Not. A. Clue.
I think it’s something to do with all the different characters you can select along with all the different possible item builds but I just tend to panic and do everything apart from the things which would allow my team to win. I know it’s a Valve game, that it has a tutorial and that Valve tutorials are often pretty good, but it’s difficult to have a tutorial for all the different things in DOTA 2 (Divided Ottoman Territorial Army) when you factor in the basic gameplay, advanced gameplay, tactics, item builds and all the champions. Maybe it’s done and done well but I can’t help but think I’m going to be unprepared no matter what and I’ll be relying on my friend’s patience more than anything to win. Hell, with some games lasting up to an hour and me being a complete idiot, they’re going to HAVE to be patient. Speaking of my friends…
Some people have been playing for a long time
This isn’t an intrinsically bad thing, it at least means that there’s something in the game which keeps people coming back for more but there is one problem with it: I’m going to be eaten alive. Even if DOTA 2 (Data? Oh, The Android…) has a decent matchmaking system, I have a feeling that those at the entry level will have had some decent experience with the original game whereas I, well, haven’t.
If there isn’t good matchmaking or, gods forbid, I get bumped up a few skill levels due to playing with experienced friends, I’m just going to get butchered. To draw an analogy to a game I think most of you have played, I’m going to look like a Spy disguised as a Scout or Medic; a slow-motion walking disaster. The difference being that this game has magic and shit so it’s going to be a Spy disguised as a Scout or Medic with pink sparkles flying around.
And as terrible as that all sounds, there is still one last thing holding me back.
Missing out on the fun
With everyone who’s played it telling me how much fun it is to play and how awesome it is, I’m paralyzed with the question: where does the fun lie?
Is it in the community? The gameplay? The variety of roles and champions? The strategy? The metagame? Playing it with friends and not really giving a shit? With all the glowing impressions and devoted beta testing playerbase, something is being done right. The question is, is it the Team Fortress 2 kind of fun where you can customise your roles a bit, play how you want, win in unconventional ways and you’re playing a game which hasn’t really been made before? Or is it going to be Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4: Black Ops Harder: THE REVENGE?