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(Gamespot)   What is the difference between NASCAR drivers and League of Legends players? League of Legends players are recognized by the US government as pro athletes   ( gamespot.com) divider line
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2013-07-12 09:47:52 PM  
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Whenever Mike_Lowell is being serious, I feel like I've entered an alternate universe.
2013-07-12 07:38:28 PM  
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Mike_LowELL: the money is in the banana stand: They are mostly anticlimactic and like watching paint dry. Even as a kid when we only had 1 computer or console, I would get annoyed as fark when my brothers were playing and I wanted to play, I didn't want to watch them play.

Depends on the type of game and the quality of the game.  The problem is, for someone like me, I think most of the current "e-Sports" are average to mediocre games.  But where I would wonder out loud why I would want to watch people play a game I don't think is any good, the long-time competitive game crowd figured out the post-StarCraft II era is their one shot to get some limited fame and fortune playing video games, so they jumped at inferior games (and the sponsors' marketing money) in order to make it happen.

I will put it this way, there is a reason why this article is on the Geek tab, and not Entertainment or Sports tab. Video games are made for playing, not watching. The enjoyability comes from the cognitive and problem solving part. There is a vast difference between watching CS in spectator mode versus watching Heat or any movie. Then again, I guess Square Enix sort-of paved the way for games basically being movies with non-stop cut-scenes and all.
2013-07-12 07:00:46 PM  
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I just don't understand the point of Pro-Gaming. This coming from someone who has played games professionally. I find it outright boring as fark to watch anyone "compete" in eSports and without spectators, there is no point other than self gratification. Maybe I am weird but I feel the same way mostly about most sports - fun to play but not as much spectate. Games however are not fun in the slightest to watch. They are mostly anticlimactic and like watching paint dry. Even as a kid when we only had 1 computer or console, I would get annoyed as fark when my brothers were playing and I wanted to play, I didn't want to watch them play.
2013-07-12 04:45:04 PM  
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bhcompy: SkittlesAreYum: Sargun: SkittlesAreYum: bhcompy: SkittlesAreYum:

Which all ties back in to my original statement.  League is designed to watch.  Dota isn't.  Dota is designed for people like you to complain that it's superior because it's harder.  Hell, I love EVE, because of that same reason, but it's shiatty to observe if you don't know the game.

I'm not sure I'm interested in playing a game that's designed for watching. I'd rather play one that's designed for depth and fun. :)

It also just ended its beta test literally yesterday. I think we'll see a lot more players now that's it's easier to actually get the game. Also, just because you can't play the game as well as others doesn't mean you won't enjoy watching. I certainly can't play very well, yet I enjoy watching tournaments. In fact, I find it MORE fun to watch tournaments of any game (be it Counterstrike, Starcraft, whatever) that I don't fully understand because it's really cool to learn things. If you already know all the strategies it's kind of dull.
2013-07-12 04:25:39 PM  
1 vote:

The wives and girlfriends play League of Legends as well
.  There are lots of female players and there would be more if the LoL community wasn't filled to the brim with grade A douches.

As a female who's BF got her into League, absolutely this. I pretty much stopped playing in random matches with random people and will only play on a team of people I know.
2013-07-12 04:17:04 PM  
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Mike_LowELL: degenerate-afro: It's probably the simplest game in terms of hand-eye coordination out of the major RTS (Starcraft, DOTA, LoL,Warcraft III even Age of Empires)

After giving this a lot of thought, I've actually concluded the game is closer to Action-RPGs and 3D brawlers like Dynasty Warriors.  Of course, nobody has stopped to think how horribly stupid it is to play a versus multiplayer 3D brawler with an RTS free camera and RTS targeting interface, but that's a really long story.

The really long story here is that DOTA -> LOL were FREE!
That's why they became successful...  I played Starcraft a bunch and then Broodwars, but then I just wanted to chill out from the competition and play with friends.
That's when DOTA got big, about four years after the game came out as a free MOD.  It was much bigger in Korea, where they supped it up hardcore early.  The US version did not have teleport function for years, while they had it in early versions.  Fast forward to Leage of Legends, they stole Blizzards code and interface and DOTA's gameplay.  Then they kept it free and made skins cost money (or buying new heroes instead of saving for them).

The biggest problem with LOL and the reason for its success is that it's FREE.
There is no barrier to entry, except playing a bunch... so you get selfish turds who like to flame on their own teammates as players.  It's mostly kids with anger issues, but that's a lot of quick response games.  In the end, I found it to be lacking in skill and heavy in repetitive tasks.  So I quit playing it a year and a half ago.

Would love to play some Broodwars against Korean's against :)
2013-07-12 04:05:58 PM  
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Retired from vs. players a long time ago when they nerfed Sona and other support characters. Support toons just got no respect, and I was looking for a WoW healer fix.

And even though they expanded the computer opponents, only four or five make things interesting, the rest are played as suicidal cannon fodder. Still, at least you deal with 90% less farking trolls and idiots when doing a comp stomp.
2013-07-12 04:01:34 PM  
1 vote:
The League of Legends community convinced me Eugenics isn't such a bad idea.
2013-07-12 03:58:57 PM  
1 vote:
Dota 2 is better.
2013-07-12 03:57:41 PM  
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Rules violators in NASCAR are penalized by points and fines. Rules violators in League of Legends become lobbyists and SuperPAC contributors.
2013-07-12 03:57:13 PM  
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grimlock1972: what constitutes a performance enhancing drug for LoL ? Red Bull?

Eh, I doubt you need any performance enhancers for LoL.  It's probably the simplest game in terms of hand-eye coordination out of the major RTS (Starcraft, DOTA, LoL,Warcraft III even Age of Empires)
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