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02:22:09 AM Jun 15th 2012
Item Crafting existed in League of Legends
09:19:54 AM Jul 14th 2011
Needs a better name. "MOBA" literally says nothing about the game, pretty much any FPS is a "multiplayer online battle arena".
10:59:36 AM Aug 1st 2011
Well, that is the traditional and established name of the genre. The name "fantasy" doesn't give away much about the genre either, but it's established.
08:21:08 PM Jan 21st 2012
01:18:14 PM Aug 19th 2012
edited by 1esu
Competitive RPG.

You are a party of heroes competing against another party to grind experience and gold from respawning mobs and heroes to unlock abilities, increase stats, and purchase items in order to become strong enough to overwhelm the "boss" towers guarding the routes to the opponent's stronghold (and commonly optional NPC encounters off the critical path).

This rules out games like Bloodline Champions and Wrath of Heroes, but as mentioned in the article they're not closely related to the other games in the list.
04:43:03 AM Oct 25th 2012
IMHO it's more a team RTS with RPG elements. Because other than items and stats this is nothing like an RPG.

MOBA is the name Riot (the developers of Lo L) gave the genre. Everyone else calls it dota-like or dota-clone. Understandably, Riot didn't want their ripoff of Dot A be that obvious. Calling MOBA traditional or established is going a bit too far.
04:09:03 AM Nov 19th 2012
A certain Video Game [[Imageboard]] seem to have already cited an appropriate name:

[[Fun with Acronym] Aeon of Strife Styled Fortress Assault Game Going Over Two Side]
06:36:38 PM Feb 5th 2013

It's really not an RTS game type though. Sure, it has its roots in Warcraft 3, but it's an entire game built around the one aspect of the game that wasn't an RTS element. By their very nature, RT Ss have some level of macromanagement, army strategy, and economy. No such aspects exist in MOB As.

Honestly, they're more like a competitive arena version of isometric ARP Gs like Diablo and Torchlight.

And if Dot A having its roots in Warcraft 3 makes it an RTS, then surely Devil May Cry is survival horror (having been originally developed as Resident Evil 4, after all)
03:49:43 AM Mar 15th 2013
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MOBA is indeed entirely meaningless as it could be used to describe virtually any competitive online game ever made. ARTS(action real-time strategy) does not describe all games that are now in this genre because of games like Super Monday Night Combat, Smite and Awesomenauts which are not RTS at all.

The only decently descriptive acronym that I've encountered on teh interwebz is LPG, which is short for Lane Pushing Game. That is literally the only thing that all of the Aeon of Strife derivatives have in common: you push the lanes to get the enemy base.
06:53:28 AM May 9th 2011
Would Brütal Legend qualify? Seriously I haven't played so I don't know
05:38:19 PM Mar 6th 2013
edited by SCAL37
A bit of a late reply, but no. Brütal Legend is an Action RTS (yes, I know that's a term some people use for MOB As, but it doesn't explain games like Awesomenauts or Super Monday Night Combat). BL is part of the same genre as Sacrifice, and arguably Pikmin, Overlord, Battalion Wars, Darwinia, and Carrier Command: Gaea Mission. (Also AirMech, but that one actually is a MOBA.)
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