THE (DOTA) STATE OF THE SIN­GA­POREAN MAN

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Friends , Sin­ga­pore­ans, coun­try­men— what is the Sin­ga­porean man? A walk­ing di­rec­tory of hawker stalls distin­guished by the length of their queues? A dap­per, slightly ef­fete in­di­vid­ual with un­der­cut hair and a three-piece suit in our trop­i­cal tem­per­a­ture? A some­what lumpy in­di­vid­ual only saved from his so­cially un­ac­cept­able propen­sity to sweat by Uniqlo AIRism in­ner shirts? No, my friends—the Sin­ga­porean male is DOTA.

Yes, I’m talk­ing about De­fence of the An­cients. Most Sin­ga­porean fe­males should be fa­mil­iar with the phe­nom­e­non of sud­denly be­ing texted by their boyfriends af­ter long pe­ri­ods of be­ing ig­nored. This usu­ally means their avatar in the game is tem­po­rar­ily dead, or that the next round is load­ing. So why am I com­par­ing our man­hood to a fan-cre­ated video game that has ad­dicted a gen­er­a­tion?

You see, the unique ap­peal of DOTA to our na­tional psy­che must be ex­plained by more than just colour­ful graph­ics and over-blown ex­clama-

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