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Posted: Aug 8th 2011 9:00PM Bartlebe said

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DotA 2 is going to drop on the MOBA genre like an atom bomb. Totally obliterating any competitors within its blast range.

Posted: Aug 8th 2011 9:44PM paterah said

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@Bartlebe lol I bet half the people at Gamescom will be watching Dota 2 and the other half will be checking out the other 200 games, especially since Germany is heavy into eSports.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 1:06AM oddshrub said

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@Bartlebe Why? If they really just copied DOTA nobody will care.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 7:42AM Bartlebe said

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@oddshrub

I can tell you're more than a little out of touch with the MOBA genre.

DotA is the apex of MOBA games. The game that started it all. Let me draw a parallel that I think you'll understand.

If Blizzard announced they were coming out with a new World of Warcraft game, not an expansion, a total new game. Remaking everything better, smoother, prettier, more polished, more ways to play the game and interact with friends, bigger scope with even more content. People would be livid

That is kind of how MOBA people feel about DotA 2. Its taking a game that is now old and outdated, therefore difficult to get in to and access, and remaking it. Not only that, they're adding features, polish, guild integration, new game modes, tournament support and its being made by Valve, nonetheless.

It's going to be impossible to compete against.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 8:56AM oddshrub said

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@Bartlebe But DOTA 2 is just a name, it's not the same people who're actually making it.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 9:13AM BuyAquafina said

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@oddshrub

The main designer who turned dota into what it is today is working on it. Valve is just porting the assets mostly. But all of the numbers and stuff should be the same.

Dota is like the Starcraft of China/SEA/Russia. If you could count all of the copies in use, it's easily in the top 5 most played games daily, possibly top 3.

The thing is, the engine is beginning to show it's age, and watching it is almost unbearable. There are 50 thousand spell effects going off at once, and you can barely tell what is going on because of the resolution. It's almost as bad as watching brood war.

The fact that dota2 has the arguably best designer working for it is the main thing. There are probably more unique skills in dota than there are in most mmorpgs, and they all need to be balanced for 5v5. Its an incredibly difficult job to do right.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 1:29PM Bartlebe said

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@BuyAquafina

Exactly. Not only is it one of the most popular strategy games ever and the most played throughout the world, it's being remade by one of the best developers in business.

To say "it's going to be big" is an understatement.
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Posted: Aug 8th 2011 9:55PM Fakeassname said

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You guys aware of a game called "Land Of Chaos Online"?

(LOCO for short)

it's a third person DOTA style F2P type game from Alaplaya, I'm not really into the whole DOTA stuff so I didn't stick with it, but it was kinda cool to run around with the camera down at ground level instead of up in the sky ...

just wondering because I don't see you guys mention it much and was curious if that was 'cause you don't find it news worthy or if you just didn't know about it.

http://loco.en.alaplaya.net/

Posted: Aug 8th 2011 10:03PM ElfLove said

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"Last week we brought you the massive news that Diablo III would feature a controversial cash auction house, allowing players to trade items in the game for real-life cash."

Wait....what?!

What?!

Are they serious?

I think Blizzard just jumped the shark. >_<

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 12:12AM deluxe2000 said

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@ElfLove

It's true. Caused the stock market to lose over 1000 pts in 2 days.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 1:09AM oddshrub said

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@ElfLove They didn't exactly since they're going to earn their money from taxing player trade instead of right out selling items.

It's actually alright in my book, I remember the old days when playing Asherons Call and selling valuable items/leveled characters on ebay paid my rent.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 3:00AM Unverfied B said

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@ElfLove
They also said it will have no off-line play mode and they will ban anyone trying to mod it.

It's not jumping the shark,...

it's a freaking triple somersault over that shark.
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Posted: Aug 8th 2011 11:30PM GMickey001 said

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Ive been playing the Diablo series from the beginning... 1, 2 and 2+ were great and fulfilled a large part of my gaming 'down time'.
Waiting for a game to come out? No problem, chuck the Diablo disk in the drive and play away... The same for any odd time I felt the need for a lil' gaming fix. No online BS, no fuss no muss.
Too bad Bliz decided to take that away from me. Between that and this hokey online pay to win auction house gig they dreamed up, Im thinking the money grubbing bean counters are ruining gaming in general.
Torchlight 2 and ES Skyrim are definately getting my cash,
Diablo..... maybe not so much, Im thinking.
However, if I do wind up getting D3, I'll probably choose a character, play thru once kill Diablo and never play again.
Sad really.

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 12:38AM (Unverified) said

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@GMickey001 an in game real money cash shop is dirty don't get me wrong, but this sort of thing was happening with third party sites all of diablo2, this way blizzard gets to regulate it and dip into player's pockets instead of it just benefitting botters etc. It's a sound business strategy and is similar to legalizing prostitution, a lot of people find it dirty but if people will do it regardless if it's legal, might as well tax it.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 3:04AM Unverfied B said

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Imagine same logic used for other stuff...

"People selling crack is dirty don't get me wrong, but this sort of thing was happening with third party dealers in random alleys, this way the government gets to regulate it and dip into stoner's pockets instead of it just benefiting crimelords etc. It's a sound business strategy and is similar to legalizing prostitution, a lot of people find it dirty but if people will do it regardless if it's legal, might as well tax it. "

Just sayin...
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 3:27AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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@GMickey001

Dunno man, my computers, phones (landline included), tablets, tv, blueray player and the god damn fridge are always online. I pay my bills and do my paperwork online and a lot of daily life basic functions depend on my broadband being on during my waking hours.

Are you still on dial-up? Or maybe you live in some really remote area? A lot of tech-type-stuff has happened since the D1 days of -96, you know. Broadband access is kinda common these days. Adding D3 to the "online only" mix is not really big shakes to me. WoW is very strictly "online only" and it seems to have done just fine with 11M players. In any case, seems strange to complain about online requirements on a MMO site. Don't really know many offline MMOs.

The real cash auction is a bit strange choice, but hardly anything new. EQ2 did that ages ago. I guess it sort of makes sense in the Diablo universe and if it generates revenue to Blizzard and their stockholders instead of some shady chinese e-bay shop, so much better. Maybe some of that gets re-invested back into new games.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 3:29AM Nucleon said

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@Unverfied B Actually that's kind of the point. http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1893946,00.html. Legalizing drugs reduces their usage. With drugs the primary societal damage is caused by the distribution, and the fights over their distribution. If you legalize it, less people do it (because sometimes do illegal just because it's illegal), and the crime associated with it disappears.

So yes, legalize crack and two things happen: 1) Less people do crack, 2) You know who's doing crack (because it's regulated, and you can target them for treatment) and 3) The system makes tax revenue.

So yes, you are exactly right one could apply that same logic to other segments.

Just sayin...
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 9:04AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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Not that this is very topical, but I wouldn't call the Netherlands approach to drugs problem free.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_policy_of_the_Netherlands#Results_of_the_drug_policy

The demand for drug related healthcare is constantly on the rise.

They've also banned tourists from Coffee Shops, due to problems with criminal activity and drug tourism.

Just leave your stuff unlocked for 2 seconds in Amsterdam - and a damn druggie has nicked it.

Bloody annoying is what it is.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 1:49AM TheMustacheHero said

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Firefall looks pretty awesome.

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 3:59PM Vundal said

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you failed to mention the enitriely new game mode that is being added to LoL, Dominion. its a capture and hold game which lasts around 20 mins.

as a side note, i feel like DOTA 2 will be a good game, and ill be watching the livestream of it for sure, BUT i feel that once the honeymoon phase is over, many will flock back to LoL.


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