I think I watched a DOTA gaming event at SXSW Gaming Expo and it looked incredibly boring. I believe they were playing the game because I couldn't really pinpoint any other game they would be playing. They had a crowd watching and it took up half the convention. Highly non impressed. SC/Warcraft or whatever the fuck mod might appeal to some people but it isn't anything special to me. I was almost actually embarrassed to be gamer at this convention. The only thing that saved it was some hot sluts dressed up in some video game characters.
I don't know what to say to you Seth. I really respect you (as far as online personalities go), but you're wrong here.
Just plain wrong.
I can't explain why. I can just give you a glimpse of what dota is by referencing some of the people who play it.
1. My friend who's master architect of the biggest online purchasing company in my country has clocked over 1200 hours.
2. My friend who's a game developer has clocked over 1100 hours. He's releasing a game at the end of the year and will make millions. Bet on it.
3. His whole dev studio are all into it.
4. Me. I didn't like it at first. But then I watched him play whilst he expertly gave me the lowdown on what he was doing. SO confusing at first, but BY FAR the deepest, most balanced game I ever witnessed.
I had biases too. I refused to accept it as being something possibly awesome. I was wrong.