The Characters We Play
One blog before I go to work.
I am not sure how many people will be reading this and appreciating what is written on this page. And yes, I am speaking as I type. It’s something that I have to do, in order not to forget any words in my sentences. So, I talk to my sticky notes. I want to say notepad but I am typing on a sticky note.
Lately, I have immersed myself into a realm of pure fantasy. A world where I can be a character that is constantly engaged in a battle of good and evil. I make it sound so epic, yeah? Ok… so I have been playing DotA 2 on Steam a lot these past few days. It has been my stress reliever. When I started playing, it was just for the fun of playing. Now, I think it has escalated to a level of competitiveness. Not so much though, like those hardcore players. I still can sleep even after 3 hours of a losing streak. It dawned to me just now, how we play these characters. Different folks, different strokes. We constantly gauge the team members and the opposing team of how well they play. It’s a complex game but I am not here to discuss about that. I am writing to express how much of our personality speaks through the characters and items we choose in the game.
It’s so often that people realize that the game characters we chose are a part of us. In my humble opinion, there are two reasons for choosing the character we like - it who we are or who we are not. It’s tricky but most of the time, we end up choosing the one that is secretly us. A part of us that we silently keep. So, I have noticed from my favorite playmates, that most of the characters are who they are. Every character has a back story and a role to play in the game. You’d be amazed that when you actually read the back story, it has similarities with the player moving the character.
I love the character Zeus. I know why we click, though, he is not my favorite character from the game. Drow is my favorite character. Zeus and I click because I love to play god. I like the idea of being felt even if I am not seen. His ultimate power is a global lightning with true sight. It can hit any hero on the plane and those that are invisible, visible for some seconds. He is not as strong and he is not a very popular character. I like him none-the-less because as I had been tagged by a friend - a hipster I am, maybe. I don’t like mainstream.
Then, let’s talk about Drow. We are in a constant love-hate relationship. I like her anyway. She was the first character suggested to me when I started playing. My mentor asked what type of character do you think you can play with. My answer was instant, I’d like a girl who is ranged. And he suggested, I start with Drow Ranger. She has a frozen arrow and silence. So, I guess what made us click is… We are both cold. [Insert a sarcastic grin.]
I can’t profile all the players though but the choice of characters is a very interesting topic, at least for me. From the characters that my team members would use, it gives me a better insight of who they are. I don’t know but most of the big, bulky boys that I know would choose a strenght type character. Those people who would usually like to be on the limelight would take hitters. As hitters are like the main hero of the game. (Correct me if I am wrong). Most of the passive folks that I know would choose supporting heroes. They get kills but only a few. They don’t get noticed but they do a lot for the team. Calculating people are the ones choosing intelligence-type heroes. Risk takers are usually agility-types.
If you are wondering, Zeus is intelligence-type and yes, he is support. Drow on the other had is an agility-type hitter.
What I have realized is that, we choose depending on the character that we wanted to be seen. Most of the time, we live it out without even knowing that we are. It’s weird but now, DotA 2 has given me a new channel to know more about the people who surround me.