League of Legends vs Starcraft 2
Monday, April 23, 2012
I was watching a match the other day, and nothing was really going on and the commentator was struggling to come up with things to say, so he started talking about picking your race. He said "just do some 4v4, and choose 'random' as your race. That way you will get exposed to each race and you can decide what to play."
Well that just seems super smart! I only play Terran and that's like playing 1/3 of a game and never exploring the rest of it. This seems like a great idea! Plus Starcraft's community is super nice. They always help out people and encourage them to do better!
So I jump into a 4v4, and start to fumble my way through the game. I knew I would be terrible, but this was me trying to get better. So one guy on my team starts to tell me I'm terrible. He keeps typing really nasty things to me, but I try to keep a good attitude and ignore him. He's saying things like I'm too slow, and don't know how to play. So finally I have to say something. I tell him "it's just a game" and to "calm down"
Well THAT was the wrong thing to say. So he starts going on and on about how if it's just a game to go play single player and not "dick over your teammates"
Color me confused. I thought 4v4 WAS for dicking around and 1v1 was for hardcore playing.
So I finished the match (my team lost), and turned off Starcraft. Figuring I had nothing to loose, I decided to load up one of the most notoriously bad mannered games out there. League of Legends.
This is a game where people constantly yell at you if you are doing something wrong. I had never really played more than two matches at this point and that game comes with very few instructions. You learn by playing, and people bitch at you when you don't do well.
So I went into my third ever match (and that includes the tutorial match), and started figuring things out. Lo and behold, my teammates were actually nice! I never told them it was my third match, I never said I had no idea what I was doing, but I guess it was pretty clear from my gameplay. Rather then yell at me, tell me to "Bot up" or "GTFO newb" they helped me learn the game. I've played every day for a week now, and have yet to run across people bitching at me, or telling me to get out.
So the point? I guess I was just shocked. I mean the expectations and the reality were completely off. And before we get a bunch of SC2 people in here getting all high and mighty talking about how you can't just take one bad experience and let it color the entire community let me say this:
I've played MANY games of Starcraft. I've only had one BAD experience, but all others have been pretty bland. I would not call them helpful or encouraging. Perhaps in the higher leagues it's nicer? But all I can say is the LoL community has been much nicer, much more encouraging, and all around more inviting than my experience with the Starcraft Community.
That's just one man's opinion. Take it with a grain of salt.
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