“It’s just a game.” “No harm, no foul.” Many people say that video games have no effect on you. Do they? According to statistics, more than 155 million Americans regularly play video games. Why are so many people indulged into the online world? What makes it so addicting? Video games have always been a place where people can detach themselves from the real world. Creating an environment where the life of your character is in your hands. In other words, video games give you a sense of power, and a sense of security. It’s not only that. In video games, you are constantly learning and having an advancement which gives the mind a sense of accomplishment and reward. Video games such as League of Legends is an accurate example of one that endorses power and constant learning. League of Legends is the online MOBA that became the first video game to be recognized as an electronical sport, also known as an E-sport. League of Legends was released on October 27, 2009. It was a self-published game. It became one of the most popular online video games of the century. Now a days, there are over 32.5 million people who play League of Legends. League of legends targets teens and young adults. It captivates this audience because of the gameplay, and this compels the young adult crowd. This is an example of pathos because this game emotionally appeals young adults by offering constant excitement through action within the game and the communication with your teammates needed to be victorious, the sexualization of women, and magic. In addition, it provides an opportunity for gamers to earn money. Drawing in an audience that is hungry for money and fame.

 

In League of Legends, there is a ranking system. This ranking system is one of the most toxic, difficult ladders to climb. In order to start making money, you have to be recognized as a professional player. Despite being an extremely difficult ladder to climb, gaining higher ranks gives the individual a superior feeling of pride because of the millions of players that you can surpass in the game. This recognition that can be achieved promises to bring you pride, joy, and a job even. Jobs include from streaming your online gameplay, to becoming a professional gamer, to even shout casting games. Salaries vary from $12,500 starting salaries (not including winnings) to 1 million dollars a year. Because of this, League of legends has become renown in competitive play around the world.

 

There is also another reason why it draws such a large audience. One of the biggest reasons why League of legends has such a huge fan base is because of the constant action. In the game, you are presented with one goal. To destroy the enemy base. In the process you have to eliminate enemies and monsters using abilities and the skills you gain as you become more accustomed to the game. You have four teammates, consisting of different champions. The enemies that are presented are live players, thus creating an environment where it is a test of personal skill. Whether you are mad, sad, or in emotional pain, League of Legends makes you forget all that in the game. How does that occur? According to a study done in Texas, “103 young adults were given a frustrating task and then randomized to either play no game, a non-violent game, a violent game with good versus evil theme, or a violent game in which they played ‘the bad guy.’ The results suggest that violent games reduce depression and hostile feelings in players through mood management.” How does this phenomenon happen? Have you ever had a moment in your life where you feel a rush of negative emotions and need to break something? That is an example of how video games help with the releasement of emotions. This release of negative emotions is transferred through violent actions, thus making the individual feel more at peace. League of Legends offers this coping mechanism to release negative energy through the violent gameplay. League of Legends is known for intense action that is displayed in game. One of them is known as team fights. Team fighting is self-explanatory. It involves your whole team fighting against another whole team. One of the reasons why the team fighting in League of Legends is different is because of the infinite amount of combos you can produce. Team fighting can be altered by different individual abilities varying from different characters. The outcome of each team fight varies from combos that can be integrated from each character. Making you also have to rely a huge amount on your teammates in this game. The action in game is definitely one of the reasons why League of Legends has such a huge fan base.

In the game, there is an abundant of evidence to sexualizing the female anatomy. 90 percent of the characters in League of Legends have limited clothing to abnormal breast sizes. That is one of the reasons why League of Legends is dominated by male gamers. Pathos is a huge contribution to that. It emotionally appeals the male, to indulge into this game because of the beautiful female characters, stimulating lust to the male audience. Because of the abundance of sexualizing the women anatomy, there is a lack of women players in League of Legends. In the picture above, a good example is the lady on the right, dressed as a pirate. As you focus on the being, you will recognize that not only are her breasts abnormally huge, but they also took the time to integrate the nipples. Not only that, her figure is perfect. A feature in League of Legends is the extra “skins” or outfits you can purchase for your character. These purchases vary from 5 dollars to 100 dollars, depending on how limited the skin is. Female characters, like Janna have extras that basically display a nude picture. The majority of the female characters in League of Legends not only increases the male fan base, but also increases the sales of the company.

In League of Legends, there is a vast number of characters that you can choose from. There are knights, assassins, dragons, angels, demons, and even plants. And that is just a small amount of the types of champions you can choose from. Because of this wide champion pool, it gives you a wide variety of choices. This wide selection gives you a chance to have many outcomes to your gameplay. Magic, or the abilities of each character in this game, are the backbone to the stimulation that it offers. The use of these abilities promote excitement in the game. Creating huge fan bases that have experience with fantasy games. Because of the use of magic in game, it draws in a lot of fans that are familiar with fantasy games. It provides an easy transition from any fantasy game to League of Legends because of the involvement of magic.

This game, League of Legends has taken the world by storm. Making it one of the most popular games in the world. It wasn’t by pure creativity, it was by strategies and constant work ethnic being put into it. Because of it, it completely changed the standard for multiplayer games. The combination of these many aspects have changed the game overtime. Making it the greatest multiplayer game in the world.  League of Legends, will forever be the largest platform for multiplayer gaming because of this.

 

 

 

Citations

 

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/league-of-legends-player-makes-close-to-1m-per-year/1100-6415722/

https://gamurs.com/articles/comparing-the-potential-earnings-of-lcs-players-to-professional-streamers/

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/video-game-stress-reduction-need-start-playing-right-now/