I’m turning 32 this year, and in a lot of ways, it feels like modern competitive games are for younger people. The genre doesn’t particularly matter; this seems true for many games, but it seems particularly true of MOBAs.
I started playing MOBAs around when LOL was in beta. I never touched Dota Allstars when it was a WC3 custom game, but I quickly came to love the genre because to me, attempting to master a game is just fun on its own. But as time has gone on, I’ve started to feel weird, and I couldn’t figure out why. It wasn’t until recently that I realized what it was: playing MOBAs makes me feel like the oldest one in the room.
Don’t get me wrong: I still love playing MOBAs, but I’m gravitating more towards Heroes of the Storm lately; Blizzard’s streamlined take on the genre. The skill ceiling isn’t the same as DOTA 2’s insane learning cliff, but it’s definitely a lot more manageable. Even so, something about the way people act makes me feel like the playerbase of all MOBA games skews younger.
It feels like a weird generational shift to me. Even in MMOs, I remember all the guild leaders in the games I haunted being in their 30s and 40s, and now it just seems like multiplayer games just have way younger playerbases. Am I just crazy, or is this a thing some of you have noticed as well?