So, here I am again, finding myself writing this column mere hours before the deadline. And I realize I don’t have any free games to really write about—none that really excite me, anyway. I guess that makes this a good time to enact the slight modification to this article that I’ve been thinking about. Rather than simply critique random online free games that usually suck anyway, IMO, I’m going to relate some stories about how I have handled not having money to buy games during the month to give this a little more of a personal touch. No, this is not a rip-off of Low-Rent Adventures in Japan(although that article is really good and certainly worth a read), mainly because this happens in America….
Anyway, so I’ve been playing old videogames over and over again lately, particularly Warcraft 3 online. If any of you have played Warcraft 3 online, you should know that there are several…minigames would probably be the best word…that you can play using the basic Warcraft engine. The most popular of this is probably Defense of the Ancients, or Dota for short. Usually, teams of five heroes play against each other and basically try to destroy each otheres bases, which are located at opposite ends of the map. OK, so that’s the basic premise of the game, which isn’t really important to my story but needs to be said anyways. Random monsters are scattered throughout the map, one of whom is very strong and who drops an item that lets you resuscitate automatically one time after dying (there is usually a time delay that increases based on your level).
Now, my story can be told. So, I was playing one time this month, and I saw some of the enemy players running away from his camp and him returning to it, even though he only had like 1% of his health left. So, naturally, I ran in there and started killing him, since he was almost already dead. However, the enemy team also spotted me running in there and came back to try to kill him and me before I could kill him.
Anyway, I’m not sure who actually killed him, but despite the fact that the other team was all present in this little enclosed area, I managed to grab the item before they could get it and run out before they managed to kill me. Honestly, they might have killed me if my team hadn’t come to back me up while all this was going on. My team only arrived as I was running away though, so most of the story was me by myself. My whole team was like, “WOW!” So, we kept playing for a little while longer, but I think having that happen to them really upset the other team because they all left within two minutes or so. Sadly, I couldn’t save the replay since the host disconnected the game after they all left. Anyway, that was probably the coolest thing that happened to me this month and when I actually had the most fun playing Dota.