The Side Effects Of MOBA

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MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), a genre started by the Blizzard MOD community, is a sort of gameplay where the objective of the player is to defend their base from being destroyed by the enemy team.  You must now be thinking, these games are pretty easy. Well I am here to tell you that you are wrong. Dear fanboys if you’re reading this and thinking “How dare she say my favorite game has a side effects?” well you know and I know that it is true and there is just no point in denying it.  Now before I get raged to death by MOBA players, let me tell you what they can do to you and then run for my life.

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1. Money Management

MOBA players tend to start wasting all their money on buying new games or items for select heroes. Being a MOBA player myself, I have now stopped craving for new clothes or shoes or anything for myself. Now I want to dress my favorite hero in the coolest set I can find on the game store regardless of how much the set costs. We become so involved in the game that we would rather buy a tiny bracelet that you can’t even actually see on the hero than things that would help us with our survival, like food.

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2. Hero Spamming –

The habit of buying items for heroes leads to the need of wanting to show off that item to the world and posting a picture of it on Facebook isn’t enough. People start spamming that hero in every single match just to let everyone know that they bought the latest item. Yeah it just came out like five minutes ago and yes I will have to go without food for a month but I got the latest set for a hero that I don’t even play before anyone else.

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3. Addiction –

Thing about MOBA is that they can be very addicting and once you’ve got a test for them, players spend hours and hours playing the game just to learn one hero from a roster of a hundred heroes. We spend hours and hours in training only to find that it was all useless and so we spend hours in the actual game to get better forgetting that we have a life outside of the game. Some people try to quit but most just end up coming back anyway.

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4. Flaming –

MOBAs actually have the capability of turning the most patient person in the world into the angriest person in the world. When you spend hours trying to get better at a game, you become so attached with the idea of winning every match and anyone who gets in the way of you reaching victory will be slaughtered by you. Well at least you’ll try to because if this new player (also known as Noob) is in your team then all you can do is shout. MOBA players are actually very mean to new players. Even though we were all new and knew nothing about the game at one point, god forbid a new person show up in your team.

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5. Meeting the Worst People You Will Ever Know –

Now in MOBAs there are two kinds of people that you never ever want to come across but you will since they exist in every single match. They are:

(a) The Guy With the God Syndrome – 

Now this doesn’t apply to all MOBA players but most of them. After achieving mastery over almost every hero players tend to get a little arrogant. Ok who am I kidding? Players get really, really arrogant. They think they are the best and they’re the reason the team won. These players tend to forget that they are playing with a team and they won because on the efforts of the whole team. They are the first to start making fun of the opponent team and the first to abuse you when you make a mistake. They won’t ever acknowledge their own mistakes though since they believe that they are the best and they could never ever do anything wrong.

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(b) The Arrogant Noob –

I think these are people are the luckiest when it comes to the people who get drafted in their team. They honestly have no knowledge about the hero they are playing and die constantly but since everyone else in their team is good, they start to think they’re good as well. Then slowly they start to think that they are they best. So at the end of the game this will be the person with the 0 kills and like 20 deaths but will be boasting about how awesome they were in the game.

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(c) The Scammer –

Now these are people who are in it for the money. They don’t care about you but they will ask you every day if you’re ok. They will try to befriend you. Then  they will make you believe that they will give you the most expensive item on the market for the cheapest rate. They will take your money or items and they will disappear. These players are like those one night stands, who take your number and all but just never call you again.

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(d) The ‘Girls can’t videogame’ Dude-

Now these are players that only bother girl gamers. One of the mindsets of MOBA players is that girls can’t play video games and so if you’re a girl who likes to play MOBAs, you best keep your gender hidden. When you’re in a match and you reveal that you’re a girl, no matter how good you are there will be players in your team who will say “You suck because you’re a girl”. These will be the people who will be horrible throughout the game and blame the girl for everything. Then there will also be people who will try to sexually harass you. You can report them and send them to low priority but they won’t change. Ever. These are also guys who usually end up forever alone.

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Well these are some of the side effects of MOBAs. Makes them sound horrible doesn’t it? Makes you wonder why anyone would want to play them. Well when you’re playing the game with friends then its the best thing ever. They do have their bad points (lots and lots of them) but they are enjoyable nonetheless.


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