League of Legends is quite a phenomenon with its popularity, but also bad reputation. The game can be rewarding, but it can also be toxic. You can excel at the game but still have a tough time playing it, or you can totally fail in a match, yet still have a lot of fun playing it. It is a complicated, weird, and ruthless experience, but is it overall a bad game? In this article we will try to answer this question, and make you more familiar with how it works, and why it can feel like such an exhausting experience. Without further ado, let’s jump right into the article!
Money Spending Simulator
First, the game is free to play, yet somehow it feels like you can spend more and more money than you previously anticipated. The game can truly feel like you are playing online pokies for real money, with so much RNG that comes into opening Hextech Chests and capsules. You have a small chance of getting the skin you want to be a champion that you play, and with the game ever-expanding it is less likely patch by patch that you will get what you want.
However, if you do get that skin, you always dreamt of, it can want to win a jackpot, so it is a two-edged sword. Some skins can even be somewhat unfair because the skills are less visible, animations aren’t as smooth and that is why some appearance changes to your champions are disabled from eSports and the entire professional scene. But overall, you do not need to spend any money to have fun so it cannot be a factor in it being abad game. It just feels unfair while opening chests that have random loot inside of them, but you can play the game normally with default skins and still have fun.
The entire community of players is somewhat toxic, and it is the most unappealing aspect of the game. People can be cruel, harsh, illogical, irrational, and toxic towards you, your loved ones or if you are lucky pessimistic because you play Zyra support. There is a silver lining in here becausethere is an option in the settings menu that allows you to permanently mute all players and disable chat, and because League does not have a built-in voice chat with strangers you will avoid the toxic side of the game. Just focus on yourself and your own gameplay instead of using the game as a chat room and if you want to communicate with your teammates there is a pretty good ping system, that has been expanded upon in the latest pre-season patchin 2022.
Features or Bugs?
The game is also full of various bugs that players experiencedaily. There is rarely a game without any issues, but in League of Legends it is very visible,because it relies heavily on working properly and sometimes it doesn’t. It is awfully hard to make sure everything works properly in a game with a code that is old because the game was originally created before 2009, almost 15 years ago, and has been updated ever since. At the release of the game, there were like 30 champions available and now there are over 160 champions with unique skills, passives, interactions, a bunch of new items, changes to maps, dragons, and that’s just scratching the surface.
When a new champion or a rework of an older champion is introduced, it has to work properly with all of the other champions available in the game, and it is simply impossible to come up with all the ideas to test the champion properly, however,a player has been feeling cheated in some way. For years, the entire community has been quite mad with the state of the game, and there are many memes that these bugs are just features or the 200 years of collective game development experience meme. The truth lies once again somewhere in the middle. It is impossible to make a bug-free game of such magnitude, but Riot Games should put more resources into debugging the game, evaluating the changes, or just simply rewriting the entire code of the game to make it up to today’s standards.
Is it That Bad?
Well to put it simply no. League of Legends is not a bad game, and there’s plenty of fun to be had.However, it is not the most welcoming and polished experience, so unless you want to mute all in the game, not to expose yourself to the toxic community, and you are tilt-proof to minor or major bugs and issues that will surely lead to inevitable deaths or even loses inside of the game then you should just play other games that will surely be fun. It is a game not for everyone, but by all standards it is not a bad game and is still supported, so we can only hope it will get better, even after all these years.