So I’ve been playing League of Legends for a few months now. My Boyfriend plays a lot, and it seemed like fun. It has an unfortunately steep learning curve that I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’ve played other MOBA’s or have a friend who can train you. But that’s not what’s wrong with it.
It has some cheesecake sexist female characters and skins, but that’s not what’s wrong with it. Riot actually has been listening to feedback, even altering a champion about a month after her initial release.
I was playing a game just now, I had been invited to duo-lane with someone on my friend’s list, but someone beat me to calling the position I was going to play. So I went with the only remaining position - Top Lane. I don’t normally play this role, nor do I hardly have any champions suited for it. I went with Garen, as he’s the one I’ve gotten the most play out of.
Not being used the role, I was quickly zoned out by my lane opponent, dropping behind on levels. I knew how poorly I was playing, but I was still trying to give it my all. Bottom lane was doing poorly too, and our Mid and Jungle weren’t strong enough to carry to failing lanes. That’s how the game just goes some times.
Then our Mid Lane player decides to call me out - simply writing “Garen, you suck” into the team chat.
And that’s what’s wrong with the game. And almost any other online game ever.
That is a mild example of the harassment from other players, but it’s something I come across almost every single game. Even games that are going well - someone will harass a player for making a mistake, or taunt or boast to the loosing team.
I already knew I wasn’t doing well, telling me that I “suck” isn’t going to accomplish anything other than proving that you are a socially maladjusted jerk who can only feel better about themselves by belittling others.
Sure, I do come across other players who are genuinely fun to play with, who are forgiving about mistakes, and willing to lend friendly advice on how to improve - but the asshats far out-number the decent human beings.
I think I’ll stick to playing Zelda, thank you.