So last weekend I went to another LAN party and could not help but notice some of the games people were playing. I saw a few people playing BF4, Counter Strike and TF2. But the two games that I saw most people playing was League of Legends and Dota 2. Now as an outsider looking in my first impression of both games is that they are the same game. But after talking to people who play the games I have noticed a few things. The first thing I noticed was that there is a bit of a rivalry between those who play each game. A Dota 2 player will say that LoL players just want to be like them and visa versa. Another thing I noticed was that the Dota 2 community can be very harsh to new players, but so can the LoL community. Personal I think there communities are similar to 4chan and Reddit’s relationship, one is filled with condescending assholes while the other thinks it’s not. But again, this is just how I view them as an outsider.
Though I do admit to playing a little bit of both but stopped for two reasons. The first is that I did not want to put in the long hours to be half way decent. An the second is that I have enough time sucks and I do not need anymore. But as whole I kinda have to give a slight edge to LoL for really one reason. An that reason is that they have competitive leagues. An those competitive leagues have millions of people who watch them live on streams. Plus the fact that people can get sports visas to come to America and play in championship matches. So personally I have to give the nod to LoL because of their commercial success. An through their success it helps the video game community as a whole to become more accepted by the mainstream. But lets not get it twisted, I want video games to be accepted as a legitimate art form but not fall into the bland pitfalls, like first person shooters.