17th Sep, 2013By Softmints

Lane-Pushing Games is a project by game designer Sean 'Softmints' Carton (that's me!) to document the rich and versatile history of the MOBA genre of video games.

Rather than focus on the biggest and most popular titles, this site aims to cover a broad range of mobas: particularly in the era before they reached commercial success.

Articles do not come out often, but every article is an important piece of the site. If you're new here, the older writing still makes very relevant reading. A good starting point is the Reading List.

This site contains:

  • The Game Directory, a richly tagged index of all lane-pushing games to date.
  • The Hero Directory (coming soon!), documenting the playable characters in many of the genre's best-known games.
  • Reviews of some of Warcraft's finest and most memorable AoS maps, intended an open reference for moba designers who didn't experience them first-hand, or just for anyone who wants to take a walk down memory lane.
  • Game Design Articles, offering a critical analysis of the features, mechanics, and open issues seen in lane-pushing games today.
  • Interviews with notable contributors to the space of lane-pushing games.
  • A curated list of Resources relating to game design and the industry.