I. The Problem
Have you heard about DotA? What does Dota mean? Why is it so addictive? DotA, short for “Defense of the Ancient”, is a custom map made for the Warcraft III: Frozen Throne game. DotA is a team-strategy-game where players can choose sides and his own hero. There are two sides on the games, The Sentinel and The Scourge. Players on the same side fight the other players on the opposing to win the game. The objective of the game is to destroy the opponents’ base together with computer controlled units called creeps. Heroes start at level 1 and levels up to level 25. Heroes level up while killing opposing heroes and creeps. Heroes gain skill when they gain additional levels. It can be played as starting 1-on-1 up to 5-on-5. DotA was originally developed by a map-maker named Eul. There were different DotA variations that time. The most popular one is “DotA All Stars” which was developed by Guinsoo. When Guinsoo retired, IceFrog took over as the main programmer for the map. DotA is more on strategy than individual play. Even though players have their own heroes, it is their teamwork that is very important to win the game. Although factors like individual skills also matter, a very good player with team mates that doesn’t care a lot about the team can’t just win by himself against all his opponents (unless of course he’s far too good and his opponents are new to the game). This computer game has taken the world by storm. Players and teams from different nations compete in National and International tournaments for the right of being called the best of the best. Men and women play this game and mostly teams are composed with men players, yet women teams also emerge. Players who play this game are mostly those where ages are from 15-35 years old. Some call themselves as “PROs” on this game because this is their profession and this is what they do for a living.
For some people who does not play this game usually says that “It’s just a...
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