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One of the neat things about Dota 2 is that you can download "Announcer Packs" that change the voice of the in-game announcer to any of a number of other characters.
This one may take the cake—Supergiant games has contributed a Bastion Announcer Pack to the game. I haven't used it, but it sounds like for $9.99, you can now have your Dota 2 game announced by Bastion's narrator Rucks. Which is amazing.
Bastion Announcer Pack [Dota 2 Store]
The winners were announced over the course of last week, with the very best not only set to appear in the game's next update, but as is Steam Workshop policy the creators will all be getting a cut of paid download sales.
The overall winner was Danidem and Hunter's "Rider of the Storm" mount for Disruptor, but I'm quite partial to Sniper's chappish "Tally Ho" set as well.
Disruptor, the overall winner.
Today, The Hobbit releases in theaters. While it looks like a video game, there's an actual video game you can play: Guardians of Middle-Earth. It's a Lord of The Rings MOBA game released in tandem with the movie. I've been playing Guardians lately.
Guardians isn't a bad title: it's a standard, run of the mill MOBA. There are a couple of small tweaks to the genre, but overall the big difference is that you get to play as characters like Legolas and Gandalf.
Some people might be into that. As for me, confession: I'm not a huge fan of The Lord of The Rings. Even so, I don't think I'm being unfair when I wonder why someone would drop money for a MOBA when free is the standard. Look at League of Legends. Look at DOTA 2 (which will be free once it drops.)
Is wanting to play as your favorite Lord of The Rings character enough to make you want to spend $14.99? On a game that takes all its cues from the free titles, which happen to offer more than the paid games in the genre do on top of that?
Personally, it wouldn't make sense to me. But maybe that's just because this is a Lord of the Rings MOBA. I'd probably drop cash for a not-very-good K-Pop MOBA—never underestimate a fan's desire to support the things they love!
But I must ask you, dear reader: would you pay upfront for a MOBA when the best ones are free?