Towards the end of Counter Strike as the massive multiplayer LAN game, Warcraft III took the spot ten years ago with the map called Defense of the Ancients, or better known as DOTA. The map is based on “Aeon of Strife” map for StarCraft — another Blizzard produced game. The game is played by controlling special units called heroes assisted by AI units that fight against each other to destroy their corresponding enemies on the opposite corners of the map.
To win the game, one team should destroy the Frozen Throne on the North if you are a Sentinel. Otherwise, if you are a Scourge, then your team needs to destroy the World Tree on the South. The game became very popular that it has been adopted by several developers to produce the games like League of Legends (LOL), Heroes of Newerth (HON), and — an independent version not run by Warfcraft III — DOTA II. This has proven the Icefrog legacy, whose anonymity inspired gamers around the world.
DOTA reached the point of being a computer game to a digital sport. Tournaments are held all over the globe and it has penetrated various aspects of pop culture. Sometimes, DOTA is synonymous to internet cafe gaming.
In the Philippines alone, DOTA has been blamed as one of the reason why many boys failed in schools. It has also become of the things that makes girlfriends angry, making DOTA a third party of their relationship. There is even a song for it entitled, “DOTA or Ako?” (DOTA or Me?”, which the lyrics cleverly puts the DOTA player into the dilemma to choose between his girlfriend or the computer game.
Although, not all end up in bitter relationships because of DOTA. Some are even happy because both of them plays DOTA. I personally know of some cases they eventually end up to marriage — a story of love from an internet cafe to the wedding halls.
Well, honestly, I know I am only the only one having this opinion. We boys actually find girls playing DOTA a lot sexier — even more attractive. Sometimes, for us gamers, computer games such as DOTA is an outlet for to portray our selves apart from the real world. If we feel down and bad at home or at school, at least we feel great in the virtual reality.
DOTA remains to be a pastime today. However, many prefer the newer adaptations now because of better graphics, features, and gameplay. Some also remained in the classic DOTA in Warcraft III: Frozen Throne. They are the die hard fans.
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