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Three Moves Ahead Episode 142 – For the LoLs

November 11th, 2011 by Rob Zacny · 8 Comments · Podcast, Three Moves Ahead


Julian hosts Bruce and editor-podcaster extraordinaire, Ryan Scott, of Geekbox and Comedy Button internet fame. They talk about the lure of League of Legends, whether these DotA / MoBA games are even strategy games, and how Valve’s and Blizzard’s attempts at the DotA genre will fare against the LoL powerhouse.

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  • Shaun

    Still listening, just wanted to comment on how nice it is to hear Mr. Scott – especially so as I was a long-time listener of GFW Radio. Jeff Green next?

  • Jon Shafer

    Great episode guys. Always love the episodes where the original team (or part of it at least) is part of the discussion.

    And I’m highly amused that Bruce is a huge LoL fan. Is he under the impression that if he plays enough he’ll be able to play as a panzer? :)


  • Tony K

    Unity of Command just came out. I think it’s worth a look, maybe a show on it. I prefer it to Panzer Corps.

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  • ElChivato

    I just want to tell Bruce that there is a turn based version of MOBA style game out there: I don’t remember the name, sadly, but it had LCD graphics (the kind they had in handheld video games from the early 90’s late 80’s), you commanded troops (not just an avatar), and you could conquer little cities on the map (presumably for resources, though I recall one unlocking a weapon emplacement that shelled mortars on the enemy position). In hindsight, I don’t know how it qualifies it as a MOBA (and it seemed more a “real-time turn based” system), but I distinctly remember that I needed to validate Bruce’s suggestion with this example. Despite the fact that this was all from a dream, and I have been unable to find evidence revealing this as anything more than a construct of my imagination, I feel the need to put it up for consideration. Keep the dream alive: you are not alone!

  • Shaun

    Would the Last Stand scenarios from DoWII and CoH classify as MOBA games?

  • Eschatos

    I’m afraid they would not. MOBA as we know it is always two teams with roughly even resources competing against each other.

  • Natus

    This was a great and very amusing episode. I LOVE LoL, but I’m not such a fan of the community. I don’t know how Riot is supposed to reign in the 13-yr-olds, but the horrendous allies have kept me away from the game sometimes for months at a time. Still, other than the community, it’s a game that’s hard to dislike.