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More like Scrota 2. If we're talking games that define a generation I think you have to go with LoL it's still the biggest and kinda led the way. But this is Giant Bomb so DoTA is clearly gonna take this. And no I'm not claiming LoL came first but it became the most popular the fastest.
These are just silly to include in these discussions. It's already weird enough that they're both free to play PC games. Personally I consider Dota 2 an early next gen game. I have a stock PC bought shortly after the new consoles launched and Dota runs like dog crap. It's playable but that game seems like such a waste of a time investment without the best possible video settings. Meanwhile League of Legends runs just fine. I'm not going to upgrade to that level of fidelity and consider myself to be playing something in the same generation as home consoles.
Also worth considering are the improvements they've made to stuff like streaming, spectating modes, match making, and just the raw playability have been revolutionary to that genre of games to the point that it has taken those games beyond what they're capable of in a previous era of design. However it had to take lessons from dozens of MOBAs to get to where it is. Almost like some sort of next generation. I really couldn't get invested in either game but I pretty much have to vote for League based on my personal politics.
And this is the part where I say this slot really should have been Pac Man CE DX and Condemned 2.
Dota 2 is a game for broken people. It's far too complex for it's own good and requires too much time to truly enjoy. If you spend enough time playing it you'll love it with all your heart. LoL is a more casual game that is good in it's own right but my heart is with Dota 2.
I have played about 600 hours of Dota 2 and even more of League of Legends and I must say that Dota 2 is the better game here. They are both excellent competitive multiplayer games and, while League has a bigger variety of game modes, it is the classic 5v5, three lane map where it is at. And Dota is built around that map and there are a lot of heroes that would not just work in any other game mode. And this dedication to the classic game mode is what makes it better than League.
Because of said dedication, a player has more options and available tactics at his disposal. Rune control, better split pushes, more interesting hero ability design, higher mobility, a bigger emphases on hero synergy, a more interesting meta game etc. My point is, that while League is more friendlier to newcomers of the genre, once you get into Dota, it will be hard to go back to League of Legends. And I say that as someone who still goes back to League from time to time and wishes that he could buy a town portal scroll.
This is kind of a hard call, in that Dota 2 is the more advanced game, but is also very derivative of the Warcraft 3 map (which it's supposed to be, obviously). My point is that it doesn't contain a ton of original game design.
League of Legends is ultimately more influential, in the way that Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is, in that it's so successful that now there is an entire genre cloning it specifically. Though it, too, is fairly derivative of original Dota.
I wonder how many people will vote Dota 2 because of Brad.
I voted League because it's what I play, but there's no fair shot for that game because of the Dota 2 obsession at Giant Bomb itself.
Then again, Deadly Premonition is losing to Portal, sooooooo...I don't know.
I'll be more curious to see what happens if there was a...say, Persona 4 versus...I don't know, Final Fantasy VII or something.
Oh, I wonder which will win? Could it be the one that Brad plays and streams on a semi-regular basis?
Well yeah, sheer number of players and Twitch viewers suggests that LoL should be a landslide victory if this poll were actually just up to popular vote of the overall gaming community. Still, there's a legitimate case to be made that Dota 2 is a better game, though you're probably right that it's only doing so well in this poll because of Daily Dota.
It's similarly insane that Deadly Premonition is even in this bracket whatsoever. It's a fucking weird game, but its story is a worse Twin Peaks/Alan Wake that ends completely nonsensically, its open world is worse than any Western-developed open world of this gen (Deadly Premonition has a better open world than No More Heroes, though), and its gameplay is like a worse version of RE4's shooting/puzzles and Condemned's melee. The game scores some points for ambition and some truly bizarre/brilliant character writing, but wow that game is held together by duct tape.
I do still love that there are entire aspects of the game each Endurance Run missed, though. One found the hospital where you can just buy endless medkits, the other made due with what they found in the environment and was somewhat more tense as a result. One found the ability to get betters cars, the other instead found the radio. What a weird Endurance Run.
I think lol is ultimately the better game and probably indisputably the more influential game. It did away with all the archaic nonsense in the first Dota and provided a clearly focused and intuitive experience that made MOBAs as big as they are today. Whereas Dota 2 is by and large just a prettier Dota, warts and all.
I voted for League because a) it's the one I play more, and b) strictly speaking in terms of cultural influence, it's a lot bigger and more deserving of the "Game of the Generation" title. We're talking about a game that sold out a tournament at the Staples Center in about an hour. At the same time, I don't really think either should win the whole thing because in order to play them, you are subjected to the most vile and toxic communities in gaming.