Toxicity Isn’t the Answer

I work and go to school full-time, but when I have the free time, I normally play League of Legends with my duo partner. When we’re tilted or doing poorly, we’ll hop over to unranked games or ARAMs, but you’ll generally almost always find me playing ranked.

I’ll admit, I’m still “new” to League when compared to most other players. I started playing late-February of 2015 and didn’t get into ranked play until November at the end of the season. I’m learning a ton, but I’m by no means good enough to blog specifically on gameplay.

There is one thing I want to talk about. If you’re reading this and you’re stuck in my elo (high bronze to mid-silver), you’re going to understand exactly what I’m talking about. Even if you don’t play League or you’re well beyond my skill level, you’ll relate, I’m sure.

Can I just say this really quickly? FLAMING YOUR TEAMMATES WILL NOT IMPROVE THEIR GAMEPLAY. If you read any parenting handbook, it’ll explain that yelling or negatively handling situations with your children will probably only make things worse and won’t result in positive behavior. Similarly in LoL, toxicity won’t make your teammates want to work with you or try to win.

I can’t count the number of games where my top-laner decided to blame or flame others and they appear as such a negative and awful person that I lose all motivation to win the game. You don’t need to be all smiles and compliments, but when someone does poorly, simply be positive. It’s honestly not that difficult. If it is for you, then maybe you need to 1) find a new video game or 2) take a break and get out of your parents’ basement.

YES, cyberbullying is a thing. I don’t believe I’ve ever been a serious victim of this, but there are people who are fragile or easily impacted by things people say to them online, and they let this affect them irl.

YES, you’re the scum of the earth if all you do is flame and can’t contribute anything positive. I don’t know what the problem might be in your situation. Bad home life? Recent break up? Maybe you’ve never had a girlfriend? Whatever it is, it doesn’t belong in the game. You don’t need to spread your negativity like a cancer and infect everyone else who is just trying to have a good time.

YES, it’s okay to criticize teammates but do it constructively. They forgot to ward? Remind them. You don’t need to utilize every other swear word to remind someone to put a trinket in tri-bush. Did they engage badly? Don’t call them a bad player or whatever and just suggest they initiate fights more wisely.

LoL is even kind enough to give us random tips about this. Players with positive attitudes win more games. Unfortunately, the majority of you who will read this aren’t the toxic bigots I’m writing about. Which is why I urge you to remember, use the report tool during the post-game. It’s imperative to do so in order to sift out these players that make the game so much less enjoyable.

Remember- it’s a video game. It’s not life or death. It might matter a lot, but it doesn’t matter that mucto the point that you have to be a negative asshole and ruin it for everyone. Just work with your team, be positive and have a good time. At the end of the day, I’d rather lose a game and have a good time than win one with someone who is incredibly toxic.