Big fan I may be, even I won’t deny that MOBAs possess some of the nastiest gamers known to humankind. You know, the sort who sleep with your mum, throw our racist remarks with each breath, or purposefully ruin a game because things didn’t quite go the way they wanted. Not every developer allows such behaviour though, and go out of their way to implement systems to keep things in check. Riot for example are well known for stamping out scum (and even rewarding good behaviour) in their game, League of Legends. In attempt to further improve their community, they are now testing out a new reform system.
Change is good, always, especially when it comes to MOBAs. Who wants to play the same game over and over again AMIRITE? Subtle tweaks can make a world of difference, bringing new life to an otherwise stale experience. Riot Games know this, which is why they update League of Legends so damn frequently.
I love Lazygamer HQ. It’s filled with gaming, witty banter, and of course, sick burns (bro). One thing it lacks however, is an actual building in which to partake in the usual office shenanigans. How am I meant to put tape on the bottom of Geoff’s mouse if I can’t get up and walk over to his workstation? How are Sandy and I meant to break Portuguese bread for lunch each day if he works far away, straight out of that hell hole… er… Benoni? I think it’s time for Gavin to splash out a bit, perhaps in the same way Riot Games have. They’ve moved to a new building (sorry, CAMPUS), and oh my goodness, does it look like a swell place to work!
April Fools’ day is finally done and dusted, and while I’m all for good fun, it makes writing the news one hell of a nightmare! What is real, and what isn’t? Can I really simulate water swimming with the new PlayStation Flow? Perhaps that new Big Head Mode in Heroes of the Storm is permanent? Obviously not! My keen journalist nose can tell foul from fowl… or something like that, which is why I know that the new League of Legends Ultra Rapid Fire Mode is complete made up garbage – except that it isn’t.
I already get upset when I hear about all-female tournaments. They are fine as an added component of a tournament series, but I worry that they will marginalize women more than they will uplift them. However, this latest Garena tournament out of the Philippines has instituted such a disgusting policy that even Riot is horrified.
While most of your time is probably spent killing all your friends and screaming at people for feeding, the world's most popular MOBA also features some cool music. There's a lot that goes into making the soundtrack, and you can even grab it for free.
League of Legends has been branching out into cool content creation. Not content with normal champion spotlights and patch rundowns, they have released some real winning videos, including teaser trailers and cool music videos. This latest one is incredibly well done, but you may need some tissues.
Last year, League of Legends did a big campaign for good sportsmanship. They released videos about how teams that work together have higher success rates than those who rage and fight. They also started banning those who can't abide by common decency. Now, the good players are getting rewarded.
The festive season hasn’t slowed down Riot Games one bit it seems. Two weeks ago, they teased Rek’Sai the void burrower - the incredibly terrifying shark… worm... thing. The champion is now available, and just in time for Snowdown too!
League of Legends is easily the most popular and most watched eSport, especially when it comes to the World Championships. Riot Games have recently released statistics following this year’s competition. Fewer people watched the final overall, but that’s hardly a negative. Every other stat seems to have been improved significantly.
Riot Games clearly don’t know how to take a break. Their last champion, Kalista, the spear of vengeance, was released just earlier this month. Hot on her heels is another new addition to the League of Legends roster. Are you afraid of sharks? Giant worms? Well, imagine one freaky, drunken evening of love took place. The result? Rek’Sai, the void burrower!
Hacking is a mystery to me. All I know is that no matter how tight an organisation thinks their security is, someone somewhere can roll their face across their keyboard (skillfully) and either gain access to confidential information, or cause havoc with the likes of a DDos attack. Riot Games, the almighty creators of League of Legends, are not new to these hazards, having been the victim of several attacks over the past few years. They’re looking to pay people to help them stomp out any security bugs.
This year’s season for League of Legends may be over, but that hasn’t stopped Riot Games from rolling out one of their biggest updates ever in preparation for 2015. Patch 4.20 brings lots of changes to Summoners Rift, with the big theme being ‘Strategic Diversity’. What does that mean exactly?
Just yesterday I told you that Wei “CaoMei” retired and is set to make $800 000 annually. He is earning far more money now thanks to his streaming, but he did make a fair amount in the professional scene too. He is one of the minority though, as making a living from gaming is generally tough unless you are at the top and consistently winning tournaments. That may change for Koreans, as a minimum salary has been proposed.