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The older gamers reading this will remember the heady days when having a group of friends around to play video games was the highlight of the week. But those days are long gone. You can still invite friends around to waste a few hours gaming, but why bother when you can just head online and battle complete and utter strangers instead?

There is no place for nostalgia (or n00bs) when it comes to online gaming. It’s pure warfare, whether your avatar is a mage fighting with secret spells or a Navy Seal fighting with a sniper rifle. But what is the best online video game money can buy at the moment? We asked you and the MakeUseOf readership delivered its verdict…

The Results

We asked you, What Is The Best Video Game To Play Online? We had a good number of responses, and the number of games mentioned suggests there is much disagreement over what is the best video game to play online. We knew there was a lot of competition in this arena, but it’s easy to be mistaken into thinking everybody is playing the same game, or, at least, the same type of game. This turns out not to be the case.

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However, one game was mentioned more times than any other, that being League Of Legends. This game may have already been out for four years but its popularity is showing no signs of waning. League Of Legends is a free-to-play online battle arena game that has already been declared the most-played PC title of all time Why Is League Of Legends The Most Popular PC Game In The World? [MUO Gaming] Why Is League Of Legends The Most Popular PC Game In The World? [MUO Gaming] Earlier last month, news broke that League of Legends, the addictive rehash of MOBA games like DotA and Heroes of Newerth, has officially earned the right to call itself the most popular game on the... Read More , and we have previously declared our love for it with a whole raft of articles including:-

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The discussion threw up two rather interesting debates: PC Vs. Consoles and Free To Play Vs. Buy To Play. By all means weigh in on either of these debates in the comments section below, but they may appear in a future edition of We Ask You, so watch this space.

Comment Of The Week

We had great input from the likes of Suleiman Orotta, likefunbutnot, and The Tree Pirate, to name just a few. Comment Of The Week goes to Peter, who, as well as the respect of myself and hopefully everybody reading this, receives a T-shirt for this comment What Is the Best Video Game to Play Online? [We Ask You] What Is the Best Video Game to Play Online? [We Ask You] Read More :

World of Tanks, of course, because:
* free to play — paying does not make you a better player;
* if you win, you had a fun game destroying stuff;
* if you lose, you can blame others;
* has tech research tree;
* often added game content;
* spontaneous, rewarding teamwork with complete strangers;
* not too massive multiplayer to get confusing (like WoW);
* not too individual multiplayer to get personal (like StarCraft 2);
* fast enough game play to not get bored;
* slow enough game play to not get overburdened;
* not too click intensive to hurt the hands;
* a game is played in less than 15 minutes;
* also: has tanks.

We like this comment because it’s an impassioned-yet-sensible, point-by-point argument as to why World Of Tanks is the best game to play online. World Of Tanks has been around for a few years but still has a passionate userbase of fans. This will only be helped by its release on more formats. Oh, and it has tanks, which, as the commenter points out, is the true cause of its awesomeness.

We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

  1. Suleiman O
    October 23, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Hey thanks for the mention and congrats to Peter. Fire the next question and i will intercept :)

  2. Alex D
    October 22, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I could never get into LoL and honestly I have no interest in it. It's community from what I ahve seen in my limited experience is just the most jaded and easily irritated group of people ever. It's NOT new player friendly.

    • Taharo
      October 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Sadly, this is true for most online competitive games. LoL is no exception.

      That being said, I'm not saying you have to play LoL, but if you ever want to try it again (or if there are others reading this that are interested), it's recommended that new players start with "CoOp vs. AI" games to get their bearings. Some people suggest new players level up to at least 15 on these types of matches.

      If CoOp matches get boring, you may also try Dominion matches, which don't familiarize you with the main map, but can be a good way to get a feel for new champions.

      Finally, there is the new(ish) ARAM style match, which can give you a sense of team-fights and dancing, much more than any one normal-style match would give you. Both of these types of matches come with a much more care-free attitude. Typically, they are so chaotic that most won't even notice your mistakes.

      Riot has implemented all of the above, not just to add some variety, but also to lessen the harsh blow of jumping into the game for new players. Also don't forget that it takes all of two seconds to mute another player, and reported players DO get banned for negative behavior.

      I won't say it's a perfect system, but I've played a lot of competitive online games, and in my opinion, LoL is (has become) one of the more tame.

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