Headscratchers / Heroes of Newerth

  • So what on earth is it about MOBA games that Bring out the absolute worst in people?
    • Oh so many reasons. Suggestions at least for HoN:
      • The stat-tracking, especially your rating, which is dependent on win/loss rates and therefore on how good your teammates are.
      • The fact that there's a "pro" scene, which far too many people see themselves as part of.
      • The amped-up "anonymity" part of the equation, since (especially in public matchmaking games) you'll play with dozens of complete strangers every day, rarely if ever seeing any of them again (think dungeon-finder Wo W vs traditional chat-based LFG Wo W).
      • The fast-paced, intense, competitive nature of the game. Playing any MOBA game is pretty much the opposite of chilling out.
      • Regardless of how complex it may be tactically, most things in-game, from choosing your character onwards, have an optimal way of being done, which someone on the Internet has written about, and which many people will automatically expect you to have read about and memorised.
      • The fact that getting killed and messing up in this game hurts far more than in other MOBA games makes people be very hard on newbies.