There is more than a year for me while I have played the "League of Legends" game (the DotA so-called next reincarnation). The fun part of this game is that in compare to the other DotA "clones" (allow me to call them clones) si that it is FREE. Free as in you can download it, make an account and start to play it at full power; BUT if you want other champion skins (except one or two) you will have to pay fo them. That's ok with me and most of my friends to pay only for skins or some bonus multipliers (i'll not write more on this, just go to their website and read about what can be bought), and we do enjoy many hours of LoL. Just another cool cartoonish game that many can dislike or even hate and start a war on this. Why ??? just read below.
Other clones like Heroes of Newerth, which look way better at the graphics level, and for some at the gameplay substrate and feeling (I can say the same) is not so well rated in the game communities (as LoL is - you can argue with me on this). More on this, since a player, lets call him Bob, pays 30$ for it and he does not feels like the entire world enjoys and plays the game he just payed, then he will start to hate the others. That's level one - hate the others, then BoB will start to play (undercover) LoL and continuesly say to the LoL community that "LoL is not so great, is too cartoonish, is for , no hardcore player will ever play this, and that HoN is better". This is level 2. Few guys might even believe this, since someone - Bob - spent time to tell everyone about his idea on the LoL, then it must be true. These guys will start HoN and hopefully they will be way happier in this one. And this is level 3. Now, while our guy Bob is saying all these about LoL, the players - with more than 10 years on this planet - will start the "fight", calling names to HoN and maybe DotA itself (too many can confirm this) and the war will spread in the game community - level 4 reached.
Lets not forget the WoW players who will feel somehow left alone and they will participate to this war too, saying that both parties are "dumb", that only WoW deserves to be played. And as an argue they will invite Bob and he's fellow players of HoN and the players of LoL to play WoW and to witness the wonderfull World of Warcraft. Level 5.
The level will keep grow as the argue continues since more and more players are starting to play these 3 | 4 games. The funny part is that all this is exactly what the producers of the games looked for: players - us - starting to feel as a part of something - a team - that must be defended. In the end only they are winning, we are loosing so bad, so many hours of our life, so much time arguing who is right and why, and loosing the focus that these are just games and shoudl have been fun to play them, to enjoy copuple of hours of gameplay with our friends or even with unknown guys across the globe.
I just hope that one of you guys will understand that this is dumb; I've played / still play all the mentioned games above and I can say that just do that PLAY them, ENJOY and RELAX.