Posts Tagged ‘Riot Games’

LoL World Championships Kicks Off, Has Ridiculous Trailer

By Ben Barrett on September 18th, 2014.

E-sports continues, wonderfully, to become its own parody. The League of Legends World Championships kicked off today with the sixteen best teams, having qualified throughout the year, competing over the next month to decide who’s best. Chances are you can watch it right now, either live or on rebroadcast as they seem to be aiming for a 24/7 schedule. In celebration, Riot have put together an animated trailer showcasing the most common attributes of League players – hoodies and superpowers. It’s likely sillier than you’re imagining.

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‘Ere We Go – League Of Legends: Road To Worlds

By Ben Barrett on September 10th, 2014.

It is very weird, having been interested in DIGITAL SPORTS for as long as I can remember, for it to now be old enough and big enough to have fancy documentaries. Riot’s offering is their Road To Worlds series, looking at the teams and players competing in the Season 4 World Championship from September 18th. The first of three parts is out now. ‘The Beginning’ charts a brief history of competitive LoL through Seasons 1 and 2, showcasing the players that won those tournaments and are still playing. The other two episodes will be released in the coming week in the run up to the start of the finals.

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Lorra Lorra Lore: League Of Legends’ Do-Over

By Alice O'Connor on September 5th, 2014.

See, this is the field of Zhankhor, named after the seventh son of the seventh son of the Archmage Riglaro'khar...

Philippa recently wondered in Dote Night about lore in Dote ‘em ups. Does a grand over-arching narrative matter? How could or should lore affect game systems? League of Legends players were technically controlling “a neutral magician working on conflict resolution for the wizard UN”, as Pip put it, but not any more. After five years of resolving political disagreements through magical violence, Riot Games have called a do-over on LoL’s backstory. It was holding them back, they say, stopping them from doing interesting things with characters.

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League Of Legends Preps For World Finals With Latest Patch

By Ben Barrett on July 31st, 2014.

With The International fading into memory like so many forgotten creeps, MOBA-neutrals such as myself look forward to their next dose of hype. Riot will be the providers, with the League of Legends World Championship kicking off in September and the Grand Final¬†on October 19th. In preperation for their season finale, Riot’s latest patch focuses on ‘strategic diversity’ within the game, ensuring enough characters are viable come the big day. They’re also introducing a new one, League’s 120th champion, Gnar.

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Hey, Good LoLookin’: League of Legends Map Makeover

By Alice O'Connor on June 24th, 2014.

That's much better!

League of Legends, you may know, is popular. Like, really popular. Massively so. Riot boasted in January that their free-to-play Dote ‘em up had 27 million players daily, and last weekend a pro LoL tournament sold out London’s Wembley Arena. However, its growth as a game and as a digital sport is still hindered by the genre’s inherent complexity–made worse by its garish graphics.

The LoL look is overloaded with distracting details and over-saturated colours, making my eyes beg to look away and, worse, covering up important information. So riot are now giving the map and its monsters a makeover, keeping the same layout but adding lots of visual clues so spectators and new players can better understand what’s going on.

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Watch League of Legends’ All Star 2014 Tournament

By Alice O'Connor on May 9th, 2014.

Game on!

I like to think I’m still cool and relevant and I ‘get’ what the kids are into. I went to see Taylor Swift turn on the Christmas lights at Westfield shopping centre two years ago, you know. “So yeah, sure,” I say into my disconnected phone at the bus stop, hoping nearby youths hear me, “of course I’m going to watch the All-Star 2014 this weekend. It’s only one of the year’s two big official League of Legends tournaments, don’t you know? What a dork!” I pause, panicked. Is “dork” still a cool insult?

No matter. Started yesterday and running until Sunday, the tournament sees the top team from each of the five regional leagues brought together in Paris to virtually duke it out. It is, of course, streaming live on YouTube and Twitch.

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LoLoLoL: Gag Mode Comes To League Of Legends

By Alice O'Connor on April 1st, 2014.

RofL

If you think a joke’s funny, commit to it. Run straight into that wall, tell every excruciating detail of that embarrassing story, and laugh uproariously in that child’s face. Every year on April 1, officially the most hilarious of days, disappointingly few April Fools’ jokes go beyond a little work in Photoshop and a press release of top bants. League of Legends has committed to the joke.

Riot Games today actually properly released a new ‘Ultra Rapid Fire’ mode, supposedly as a preview of an upcoming balance patch. Playable for the next week, it cuts ability costs and cooldowns to turn LoL into a ridiculous mess of silliness.

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League Of Legends Pre-Season Rubdown

By John Walker on November 18th, 2013.

League Of Legends, eh? Yeah! Got to love all those leagues it has. And the way the men do the… that thing with the… guns? Are there guns? Oh God, look, okay, I haven’t the faintest idea about League Of Legends. Yes, I co-own the world’s greatest PC gaming website, and it’s been my job to write about PC games for the last fifteen years, but that imperfect storm of strategy-meets-multiplayer-meets-e-sports propels it so far out of my understanding that it may as well be, I don’t know, foot-to-ball. I understand that there are some rules, and the men with the complicated haircuts have to kick and not throw the ball into the other side’s net, but beyond that it’s like the physical manifestation of a language I don’t speak. Theretoalso, League Of Legends. Fortunately, there’s a handy video below to explain what’s coming up this season.

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League of Legends Season Four To Tweak League System

By Graham Smith on November 7th, 2013.

Tom Cruise.

I once played a game that’s very similar to League of Legends for seven hours, and that makes me Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s resident lane-pushing expert. So when news comes along that changes are coming to that game’s League system, which is presumably very important because it’s in the name, then it only makes sense that I be the one to tell you about it.

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And This Week’s Hacking Victim Is… League Of Legends

By Nathan Grayson on August 21st, 2013.

OK everyone, ready? Now breathe deep – fill your lungs with the thick, muggy air of anger surrounding your person – and siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh. Another week, another popular game got hacked. This time, it’s MOBA-kinda’s favorite largely benevolent emperor, League of Legends. You know the drill: change your various passwords and pay very close attention to your credit cards. The latter goes double here, because Riot’s confirmed that the hackers managed to make off with some old, thankfully encrypted credit card info. Better safe than sorry.

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Riot Act: League Of Legends Banhammer Applied

By Cara Ellison on March 19th, 2013.

You're toxic I'm slipping under
I’m addicted to you, but you know that you’re toxic. And I love what you do, but you know that you’re toxic, said a woman, once, to me. She was Britney Spears, yes, although you know she looks a lot like Katarina in League of Legends in the Toxic video so maybe she was just predicting an awful lot of things that were going to go on in the future. Such as a bunch of absolute knobbers acting like knobs in League of Legends. Britney Spears has SPOKEN.
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League Of Legends Deploys Community Honor System

By Nathan Grayson on October 2nd, 2012.

Potential honor categories include Best Taste In Funny Cat Pictures, Most Knowledgeable About Stacking Knives On Dinner Plates, Swordest, and Obviously Young Enough To Have Never Actually Read A Book With Pages Made Of Paper.

League of Legends‘ community – while easily one of the most populous in the MOBAsphere – isn’t exactly the most popular. People say mean things, feelings get hurt, and the winners are the ones that come away with the least emotional scarring. But, given LoL’s competitive nature, it’s not exactly something that can be avoided under a safety blanket of solo play. For years, then, it’s been Riot’s unsolvable enigma – the towering door of twisted rage and anonymity that keeps far too many potential players outside a land of creep-crushing bliss. Now, though, it’s taking a new approach: positive¬†reinforcement. Make a stranger’s day, and hopefully they’ll give you Honor points. Problem is, for now, that’s kind of the whole system.

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Sigh: League Of Legends Has Been Hacked

By Jim Rossignol on June 9th, 2012.


PC Gamer have spied that LoL are sounding the alarm, with player passwords and dates of birth having been grabbed. You know the drill, get in there and change your passwords/when you were born, etc.

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