I’ve been a registered member of Heroes of Newerth (HoN) since Summer of 2010. Right when this game was increasing in number of players and winning awards. In addition to that, as a Defense of the Ancients (DotA) enthusiast, I was having a ton of fun playing HoN. I even forced a bunch of my friends to join!
Today–I hate it.
Wait, that’s not fair–let me rephrase that:
The gamers’ community of this game has made me decide not to play this game as much as I’d like to, and used to.
Allow me expand on that:
Every time I give HoN another chance it disappoints me on a different level. I don’t have to win to enjoy a game. Actually, even winning is not as much fun as before.
It’s all because the gamers’ gameplay isn’t improving, their competitive attitude is fading, and personalities are negatively changing. There’s a couple of reasons for that:
Better trolls than supports: wards are 100 golds each. “Ward or lose,” simply means, “The difference between winning and losing costs 100 golds which I’m not willing to pay.” If you act like an asshole, everyone’s going to talk talk to you like you’re an asshole.
Kills over wins: whether it comes up during picking heroes, or a team fight, you can tell who’s there to support their team, or their K:D ratio.
“AFK–Please kick me”: either your team doesn’t speak your language, you didn’t upgrade the courier, or you didn’t stun the right target. Excuses (BTW, Brasil, and Russia, I’m sorry anyone who doesn’t speak English is ‘supposedly’ from your country)
Everyone’s a noob: I’m all for self-confidence in gaming. It makes players want to prove themselves. But calling everyone noob doesn’t justify your terrible gameplay.
Enough with complaining.
HoN can still be fun when my team consists of players who are willing to put in effort for their TEAM to win. After all, it is a 5vs5 game. And I’m not talking about a game with fully warded map, and a support healer who’s just there to keep me up. No! I’m talking about:
Good communication: If you want to gank, talk about it, plan it, and EXECUTE it properly!
Positive attitude: So what, you took one for the team! Big whoop, wanna fight about it? Gotta keep in mind–not every death is a bad thing. If you didn’t plan to be the bait, and happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, but now your team ends up with a genocide, how is that a bad thing?
Sharing is caring: That 100 gold you spent to ward, or the 200 to upgrade the courier, is helping everyone. Not just the people asking for it.
HoN is great as far as keeping an updated game. But they can’t control their players and it’s impacting everyone. Ignore lists aren’t always the answer–because I’m getting ignored for unnecessary reasons–and I never know if anyone’s ever doing anything about my reports.
Help the players who want to improve this game by listening to them. It’s that simple.
And don’t delete my brother’s suggestions on your forums; that’s just not classy.