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2-24-2012 @ 10:49AM
I'm not sure in naming the game DoTA 2 that Valve is attempting to describe the game as appose to the game being Defense of the Ancients 2. In that sense it is a just a title much like how Halo 2 or Halflife 2 are titles that connect the new game back to its predecessor.That said, because of the success of the original DoTA, and how young the genre is in comparison to the amount of say fps, rts, rpg, etc etc. type games are out, the community only has a hand full of comparisons to look at, the prime one being the original. Because of that the use of DoTA has become an indicator of they game map/play style. Riot attempted to use MoBA as a descriptor in order to distance themselves and show the difference in their game, yet when I started playing LoL it was references to DoTA that informed me how the game worked.Another point could be the usage of names that become assigned to actions. For instance, if someone performs an act of betrayal they maybe called a Benedict Arnold. Plenty of people in history have been traitors, but in the USA it is Arnold's name that we hold synonymous with the act. To much the same, DoTA being the the first widely popular game of its type will, its name will always have a direct connection to genre.
2-24-2012 @ 12:18PM
"To much the same, DoTA being the the first widely popular game of its type will, its name will always have a direct connection to genre."You mean like we call all games where you run around in a first person perspective and shoot at things "Dooms"? Saying that DotA is the name of a genre and can't be copyrighted on those grounds is silly. Blizzard doesn't lose their trademark on Diablo just because the gaming industry insists on calling every new game that has some similarities to it a Diablo-clone.There is a case here, but it has nothing to do with the stuff people go on about in these posts all day. The only relevant question is whether Valve having hired IceFrog gives them justification to hold the DotA trademark.And seriously, stop painting Valve as this evil, money-grubbing villain in this thing. Valve got themselves "the DotA guy", went ahead with Dota 2 and Blizzard didn't say shit. But now that Blizzard wants to get into the genre too and wants to call their game DotA too it's suddenly all like "the name belongs to the community!!!!!"You can't have two new DotAs out there, that just confuses retarded people. And Blizzard knew it. So them naming their game Blizzard DOTA was basically them saying "fuck you" to Valve.
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