It’s not a new game, but Vainglory introduced me to a whole new way to enjoy playing on my mobile devices. It also got my hopelessly addicted to the genre. Again.

For me, mobile gaming has always been about filling the time normally spent awkwardly waiting for something. A quick time suck while in line at the store, or out in the car as my kid finishes up practice. Every once in a while, something grabs my attention and I play it during other points in my day, but the core gameplay mechanics are the same and I can stop whenever I need to get up and do something.

Vainglory is nothing like my normal mobile game. It’s a online game that forces me to sit down, block out at least half an hour, and focus intently on a larger mission. When the beta for Android started a couple of months ago, I wanted to see what it was like to immerse yourself in a mobile game in the same way I would a PC or console title. The genre is most commonly known a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena — MOBA for short — and is usually something I’d prefer to play at my desk in front of my rather powerful gaming PC. Instead I find myself curled up on the couch tapping away on the screen for hours at a time, and I’m unlikely to stop anytime soon.


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