Okay, so why didn’t anyone tell me about Defence of the Ancients before? A Warcraft III multiplayer mod that focuses on controlling a Hero character instead of micromanaging units and build orders?
Free with micro-transactions not-so-massively-multiplayer games are really the trend right now and I can see why this seems to be the future of PC gaming. The budget for games where the user generated battle is the content has to be magnitudes lower than for any single-player game. With games like Quake Live, Team Fortress 2 and DOTA/LOL the games themselves transcends that barrier to become games like Chess and Solitaire. Games like World of Warcraft, Mass Effect or Little Big Planet are more like books, or as the trend with AAA-titles have been lately, movies. In the latter games, the player is a spectator, following a script and interacting with the environment. The suspense is the unknown in the future. Every player is more or less having similar experience.
However, in games like League of Legends, the suspense is how you well you can perform this time around. The grind is not about progressing in the game, but performing better next time you play the game.
Yeah, there are people who read a book or see a movie multiple times. But there aren’t people who like Chess and only play once.
with micro-transactions. ↩