What’s a MOBA? This is a great question, and as a parent of a gamer, an important thing to know. This nonsensical term is tied to several of the most popular games in the world. If you’re a parent of a gamer, chances are they either play – or know someone who plays – a MOBA game.
You ask, beg, even sometimes threaten, but your kiddo still claims they can’t pause their game. Why? What’s going on? Tell me, have you ever had a conversation like this?
“Why can’t you just pause your game?”
“I told you, I can’t pause it. It doesn’t work that way.”
“It’s a game. Just pause it and get down here.”
“Ugh… The game doesn’t pause.”
“Whatever then, I don’t care. It’s time for dinner. Just come down.”
“I can’t. Their jungler’s down and we’re about to towerdive on mid. And it’s ranked.”
“You can jungle your mid or whatever later. I already told you, it’s time for dinner. Get down here”
I can’t imagine I’m the only parent that’s had this talk. It’s infuriating and can be confusing. Why can’t they pause their online game? I mean… It’s a game. Why can’t they just pause it? Even if it’s online, it’s not like the internet’s going to pick up and leave — So why does your kiddo insist they can’t just stop?
Two words ubiquitous enough that they’re slang and meme fodder now – at least in gamer circles. You may have even heard your own kiddo utter them on occasion.
So what does it mean, exactly? Where did it come from?