In the gaming world, Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (or MOBAs) and Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (or MMORPGs) are the contending kings of the hill. Anyone with decent gaming laptops or pcs can enjoy the fun and excitement of playing them.
The thing is, a lot of people wonder why to do a lot of players are obsessed with it.
Let’s break down why it’s so loved and why everyone should give it a shot.
MMORPGs immerse you in a world where you can be whoever you want to be. You can be good, bad, or somewhere in between those two. You can participate in world (or even galaxy) shaking events. And the stories just drag you into the whole thing. There is a lot of stuff to do in all MMOs. You can be a famed hero (or villain) or just gain fame for whatever crafting you decide to specialize.
MOBAs, on the other hand, puts you in control of a hero that has to work together with other players. The fun is in working together with people you may or may not know. Using your instincts to align some form of crude teamwork, in the hopes of beating the other side. That’s the other part; you’re not fighting against the AI. You are playing against other heroes controlled by other players. Most MOBAs have a lot of heroes, and there is an average of 10 players on each side, so no two games will ever be the same.
It’s a great way to meet friends
Before the advent of the Internet and interconnectivity, gamers were stereotyped that they couldn’t make friends because they didn’t know how to interact being cooped up in their rooms and, at the same time, didn’t know how to make friends because of the same reason. It might have been true for some but all. And the Internet lessened that number even more.
MMORPGs and MOBAs allow players to meet new people online. Be it a temporary party mate or a long-term guildmate in MMORPGs or a teammate that they had a fun time playing with MOBAs. It’s helped people learn how to talk with other people since talking online affords more confidence than talking face-to-face for some people.
Admittedly, some toxic players make the experience a little less fun but what community doesn’t have that? Just learn to move away from that and make new friends in a fantasy world.
It sparks creativity
One of the greatest things about MMORPGs is that your experience is dependent on how you create your character.
A lot of factors affect your gameplay and style. From how strong/fast/smart/tough your character is. Their race, which in effect determines a part of your backstory. Your class, which will be how you play your character. So many decisions come into play when you make your character. You just imagine how you want to be in the world you will play in.
MOBAs sparks instinctive creativity. It teaches players how to think on their feet. You pick a character; you set that character up with leveling up powers based on how you play. Then you find ways how your chosen powers can help you win and at the same time, how it can interact or combo with the abilities of your teammates.
Where to start?
There are a lot of games to start with on both sides.
With MMORPGs, you can start with any number of great games. Most of which are free. For instance, World of Warcraft can be free to play to a certain extent. There is also Guild Wars 2, which is free except for a one-time purchase of the installer. The new Final Fantasy MMO is like that as well. You can also try Star Wars: The Old Republic, where you can enjoy the full game for free but you can also avail of a monthly subscription for a lot of extra fun stuff.
DOTA 2 is a great place to start with MOBAs since it started the craze. It’s a completely free game; you just have to buy stuff to make things look better (and the game is already great looking as it is). Another popular choice is League of Legends (or LOL). There are 123 characters to choose from, and all of them are great in their right. One other suggestion is Heroes of the Storm. It’s a unique approach to the whole MOBA game, and you get to play with popular Blizzard characters from their best titles.
There are a lot of other reasons for people to love MOBAs and MMORPGs, all of which are based on how people have fun and enjoy their games. One other thing that adds to the charm factor of these games is that they have lesser technical requirements compared to most high-end games out right now. A basic gaming laptop can enjoy it with little or no problems.
But it’s better if you experience it yourself. Go and download all the games you want to play.