I got a set of 3 free collectible cards from reckoning.com. This was part of their promotion for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning which will be out Feb 2012.
Don't you love free stuff? Sorry for the poor picture quality. If you are curious, it's exactly the same as the one shown in this video (made by another person, but I got the same 3 cards) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP0JMITiBgQ
MOBA - Are they MMO games?
In other news, I have been trying out some MOBA games and while I was doing some research I cam across some interesting opinions, namely that the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) genre is an entirely different type of game separate from MMO gaming even though many websites list it along with MMO titles.
The first thing I noticed is that there are several different terms you can use.
DotA Clone vs MOBA
In my opinion, the best term to use is either MOBA or DotA clone. If you use these terms players know what you mean especially if the gameplay is very much like DotA. The benefit of using these two terms is simple: people who are looking for exactly that type of game can find it. It's very precise.
However, the term "DotA clone" is disliked by editors and other such people because "clone" makes it sound like it's not original. I had to justify my use of the term for them to understand that this is not a pejorative or a slur in the way it was used. Likewise, my editors don't like "Diablo clone" because non-gamers don't understand this type of "clone"-naming convention. I pointed out several online lists of Best Diablo Clones to show that it's an acceptable usage.
The way I see it, if you use a vague, general term like "action real-time strategy" then it does sound neutral but then people don't know what you mean. This is appropriate for cross-genre games that combine TPS, DotA-style maps, PvP, strategy, etc. but if the game is a DotA clone, I prefer to call it that (or MOBA). MOBA is better than DotA clone because it sounds nicer.
Then we had to discuss whether or not it should even be included in the website MMO Worlds which is about MMO games.
Are MOBA games even MMO games?
Yes, I think they are. It's a newly popular MMO gaming genre. It's like massively multiplayer online real-time strategy (MMORTS) games but without the focus on resource production and building.
The only reason this question cropped up is because many MMO players are more used to the very complex gameplay of MMORPG so when they try out a MOBA they find it very different because of the simplicity. I mean in battle arena games, people just log in, gear up and fight without all of the complicated storylines, time-consuming griding and questing that MMORPGs require.
To sum it up, in the naming game, MOBA wins out over DotA clone and action rts. In addition, MOBAs are okay to be included in MMO lists since they are quite popular nowadays and they are massively multiplayer online games.