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2-24-2012 @ 11:02AM
"""It was literally used as a description from my friend when he tried to explain what LoL was, and described it as a DoTA style game. Right there proves that not all people are familiar with the name of DoTA as a game map or variant of Warcraft 3, but for a few people like me and others, it's a description of a genre."""I - and other people I know - often describe MMOs to friends and family with expressions like "It's like WoW, but with some things done differently". Simply because about everyone who has ever showed an interest in MMOs know what WoW is about.Some games have it way worse. I lost count of the number of times I've seen a FPS game described as a "Doom-like" or a "Quake-like" game. I have seen more games described as "Diablo-like", "Mario-like", or "Zelda-like" than I care to remember.Does this make WoW, or any of those other game names, any less subject to trademark protection? I don't think so. And neither do I think DOTA has lost the qualities that make it worth of trademark protection just because it's the best remembered game of it's nascent genre.
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