By Ryan Smith
12:58 PM CST, November 5, 2012
In a gaming world where "Call of Duty" and "World of Warcraft" seem to get the most attention, it might be a surprise that neither is the world's most played video game.
"League of Legends," the most popular of the relatively new MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) genre of games, has surpassed its competitors with an average of 12 million players logging on to play every day, according to Riot Games. That's an enormous player base, especially considering that the massively multiplayer "World of Warcraft" has 10 million subscribers and "Farmville 2" on Facebook claims 8.5 million daily users, according to The Associated Press.
"League of Legends" got a boost from an unlikely spokesperson in Pamela Horton, Playboy Magazine's reigning Miss October, who said she's hoping to eventually join Riot Games as an artist. RedEye caught up with the hardcore gamer-turned-Playmate to talk about why everyone should jump on the "League of Legends" bandwagon.
How did you get started playing "League of Legends?"
I had a friend send me a message on Facebook who suggested it. He thought it'd be a game I'd be passionate about. But here's a thing about me: When I commit to a game, I really commit. At the time I was playing "World of Warcraft," so at first I didn't want to cheat on "WoW." But we went to a group hangout and I played as Janna and Morgana from "LoL" and I loved it.
How do you explain a MOBA to a newbie?
It's kind of like a castle-defense game except without a castle. You have an army and these super-powered generals. Then it's basically a 5-on-5 game where you work with your teammates to take down the other side's nexus and defend yours. It's all about teamwork.
How do you explain that it's now the No. 1 online game?
It's not that big of a time commitment. Some matches can last an hour, but most are 20 to 30 minutes. Also, because there are so many characters (more than 100), it's never the same game twice. Plus you have the pleasure of meeting new friends. It's so refreshing.
Do you disguise who you are when you play?
Nope, I have an account MissOctober2012 to play with my fans. I have a main account that doesn't have the most girly name like PurpleRainbow or anything, but I don't hide who I am. It seems like when I play first-person shooters, that's when I get the most crap. In "League of Legends," the community is more accepting.
Is there anyone playing "League of Legends" at the Playboy mansion?
They have some gaming consoles hooked up in the living room, but it's a big huge mansion and I'm one of the few girls who play video games. I usually play "World of Warcraft" and "League of Legends" on my laptop in my bedroom.
Ryan Smith is a RedEye Special Contributor.
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