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DotaPod vs Garena

Hi mods or wise players, I need some strong arguments why choose DotaPod instead of Garena or Hamachi. I have to collect information for someone who is writing an article on the website.
As far as I have come, I've concluded that DotaPod is simpler to use and is both PC and MAc friendly.
But concerning lags, are there any difference between DotaPod and Garena?
Are East Asians mostly the one benefitting from a delay-less experience? How about Europeans or Americans?
How can DotaPod provide a satisfying experience for them?

Any other advantages? I like the Stats system; maybe if someone can develop more on that or other useful qualities of DotaPod, I would be extremely grateful. Thanks!
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Post Last Edit by Gx|Kero at 18-Mar-2010 17:14

It is completely , ultimately FREE , what more could you ask for>?
By the way , it's easy to sign up , to play and to check your stats ,
by the way , when I play it is LAG-FREE , I don't lag at all (some people have lag prbs),
, personal opinion , peace
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For me,you can choose who you wanted to fight whether its pro or noobs,but at same time it is less people so some of the newbies might be hated because the domination of who play here are pro..for ex:wild(so wild till cant control!),say pro plz(fake noob!-.-),muchy(templar owning),thesilence(serious as always!),schroedinger(dont know who is this) and etc.From my opinion,who wanted to play here should be abit experience in dota because most of them are!

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1. on average, load times are FASTER and smoother.

2. you will rarely see the "disconnection screen" countdown since the host is a dedicated server. it will also mean less player-based lags (when downloading stuff or youtube-ing)

3. avg player skill is higher than normal bnet pubbies and garena normal rooms. this is debatable but you'll notice that there's more teamplay in DP compared to ggc players.

4. less flaming, less trashtalking and less leave rate compared to GGC.

5. organized stats system with ELO ranking.

6. stat tracking allows mods to monitor leave rates of players allowing them to screen out or penalize those with excessive leaving.

7. ACTIVE MODS. yes. this is a big plus.

8. less hacking/mh than ggc. albeit, less than 5% of the games here have hackers or suspected hackers. offenders are instantly banned.


the not so really good points:
1. not very newb friendly. veterans tend to stick together making games mostly one-sided specially if there are new players.

2. less rooms/games to play in.

3. long waiting times before game starts.





I'll try to think up more later. cheers.
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Post Last Edit by Imbalance at 18-Mar-2010 18:25

i think the only advantages for me is it is designed also for mac.. =)
Im playing in US, and yeah i agree with the delay & lag.. it affects pretty much, especially when u are playing against pro people..

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GO DP GO! btw garena ****s becuase only supports PC im a mac user!
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Post Last Edit by thesilence88 at 18-Mar-2010 20:59

Hi FayeValentine, glad you drop by and give us your opinion. Allow me to answer your questions on behalf of DotaPod communities.


But concerning lags, are there any difference between DotaPod and Garena?
Yes, a very huge difference. As you can see, Garena is just like a portal, whereby every players there are redirected to servers that are created by other users. What happens is that, you would never know the 'exact' latency of that server, which causes unreliability and bad experience.
Here in Dotapod, we are all connected to ONE server (I didn't put 'only' for a reason, will explain it later), which is permanently hosted with the best connection available to ensure the best experience for everyone. Now, this server acts as a docking station for every user to connect with, for this reason, everyone will feel like the host itself! Lag-free, no more 'waiting for other players' popup, a high reliable server that operates 24 hours.
For the reason i didn't put 'only' is because there are multiple servers around the globe!(soon). The reason the servers is placed at different countries, is to allow those with high latency (resulted from remote countries) able to play Lag-Free as well!  All these server is then chained and link to the Singapore server's database, where their records will be recorded.  So far, we have server from Singapore (connection proven and tested to be optimum from India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippine, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore & China), and China (Beijing)! If promotion is good enough, and we get to have volunteer server hosts from different country, DotaPod will be 'EPIC'.

Are East Asians mostly the one benefitting from a delay-less experience? How about Europeans or Americans? How can DotaPod provide a satisfying experience for them?
As what i had mentioned earlier, this statement can be considered as wrong. However, East Asians will be  the one benefiting from delay-less experience, from East Asian's server. Those at Euro and America, will experience delay-less experience, if there is a volunteer server host there. Those at Euro/America will not be able to play at servers located at remote countries, due to its latency. But its database will get to linked together, as in stats and game histories.

Any other advantages?
Why sure yes! The moderators team is working on the new phase of Dotapod to get its ass out from the beta stage, which lasted for almost a year now. All these improvements is to overcome the difficulties that we are having now = Banning system, overall interface, user's level, etc.

All in all, Dotapod requires a lot of passionate coders that are willing to help Dotapod! Me myself not a coder only able to help out in moderating forums. But if you do seek for more detail/technical informations, please feel free to PM our Dotapod Founder Sprion. He will be glad to help you out.

Hope i answered your questions. Feel free to ask more and hopefully i will be able to help you out.

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Post Last Edit by FayeValentine at 18-Mar-2010 22:03

Great Comments guys!
Thanks! Community is great!
Silence, can I use your comment? Its for Gosugamers.

@ampi, yeah commenting on your last point, Im getting ****ing raped because of that
Only dead fish swim with the current.

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Are East Asians mostly the one benefitting from a delay-less experience? How about Europeans or Americans? How can DotaPod provide a satisfying experience for them?
As what i had mentioned earlier, this statement can be considered as wrong. However, East Asians will be  the one benefiting from delay-less experience, from East Asian's server. Those at Euro and America, will experience delay-less experience, if there is a volunteer server host there. Those at Euro/America will not be able to play at servers located at remote countries, due to its latency. But its database will get to linked together, as in stats and game histories.


Are East Asians mostly the one benefitting from a delay-less experience? How about Europeans or Americans? How can DotaPod provide a satisfying experience for them?
*In the mean time ... For users from other countries who cannot benefit from the server-hosted games, users have the option to create games from their own computers, and share them to friends and users all over the world. These are called PUBLIC games.

See:
http://www.dotapod.com/create
http://www.dotapod.com/faq.php?a ... 36&messageid=47

For example,
US users could create their own US games and share the gamelink to US friends (it's just a URL btw) and they could join simply by visiting via their browser.

* - More servers will come when things get better (or when organizations sponsors us servers!)
Thank you for lovin' DotaPod! Donate & Go Pro

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Post Last Edit by thesilence88 at 19-Mar-2010 00:06

Please do, and edit as you like, my English is crappy. Also add in Sprion's comment, the server-host is not available at the moment, but one can create their own game through the server, with them self as a host, for remote country users. =)

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