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League of Legends

  1. Things We Saw Today: Destroy Your Enemy’s Nexus In This League of Legends Hoodie

    Shark cannon not included.

    Want a snuggly and totally casual way to dress up like League of Legends summoner Jinx? This adorable sweatshirt from hoodied will do the trick. You might remember them from their super rad DC-inspired line of hoodies, too.

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  2. League of Legends Now a Varsity Sport With Scholarships and Everything at a Chicago University

    But now how will we know who the nerds are?

    Today in turning society on its head news, Robert Morris University in Illinois is making a full-fledged varsity sport out of multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends. Like other sports, it'll have scholarships, a coach, uniforms—all that sports stuff (but no official word on butt-slapping or non-athlete swirlie quota just yet).

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  3. Cultures of Harassment Are Not the Norm, and They Can Be Changed, Whether Online or at San Diego Comic-Con

    and let it be known

    This process led [League of Legends] to a surprising insight—one that “shaped our entire approach to this problem,” says Jeffrey Lin, Riot’s lead designer of social systems, who spoke about the process at last year’s Game Developers Conference. “If we remove all toxic players from the game, do we solve the player behavior problem? We don’t.” That is, if you think most online abuse is hurled by a small group of maladapted trolls, you’re wrong. Riot found that persistently negative players were only responsible for roughly 13 percent of the game’s bad behavior. The other 87 percent was coming from players whose presence, most of the time, seemed to be generally inoffensive or even positive. These gamers were lashing out only occasionally, in isolated incidents—but their outbursts often snowballed through the community. Banning the worst trolls wouldn’t be enough to clean up League of Legends, Riot’s player behavior team realized. Nothing less than community-wide reforms could succeed. -- Laura Hudson, for Wired. In an article for Wired magazine that only just appeared online today, Laura Hudson argues persuasively that the key to changing social networks that accept harassment as the price one pays to engage is a commitment to changing that community as a whole, not just eliminating the most identifiable bad apples.

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  4. Watch the League of Legends All-Star 2014 Tournament Live [Finals Replay]

    Hey, I finally found a sport I'm interested in watching!

    Top players in Riot's online gaming juggernaut League of Legends have gathered in Paris to duke it out in the All-Star 2014 tournament. The games will continue all weekend from Thursday, May 8 to Sunday, May 11, so check back to see some impressive professional competitive gaming.

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  5. League of Legends Bots Will Soon Play Like People

    So they'll quit halfway before the match ends if they're losing? Great.

    Playing a complicated strategy/fighting game with artificial intelligence can always be a bit of a crap shoot. You don't have to worry about a fellow player leaving you out to dry, but AI is also usually fiendishly stupid. Now with a new update, LoL bots will maybe be a little dumb so when you need them to be.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: Google Pays Tribute to Dorothy Irene Height

    Educator, activist, and champion of the economic, educational, voting rights of African-American women, Dorothy Irene Height has been honored with a Google Doodle on the occasion of the one hundred and fourth anniversary of her birth.

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  7. ISP Porn Filters in the UK Accidentally Blocked a League of Legends Update Over Its Filenames

    Guys, why are you blocking sex, anyway? Isn't that pretty much the opposite of porn?

    Proving that new porn filters they've adopted are super effective, some ISPs in the UK have blocked a League of Legends patch. Job well done, guys. Wait, what? There's nothing pornographic about the League of Legends patch, and the obviously high tech porn filters banned it simply for having the letters "sex" in a row in filenames? Well that won't do.

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  8. Iranian League of Legends Tournament Bans 30% of Playable Characters for Being Too Revealing

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    This post originally appeared on our sister site, Geekosystem.com. For a competitive game, League of Legends has a surprisingly decent ratio of female champions to male — at 39 out of 104 it’s not completely even, but it’s better than the standard “token broad” you get in most fighting games. So it’s a pretty huge bummer that an unofficial LoL tournament in Iran felt it necessary to ban most of the female champions from the tourney. According to a translation of the 2013 World Cyber Games’s Facebook page, the following characters have been banned outright from all League of Legends tourney games:

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  9. Iranian League of Legends Tournament Bans a Bunch of Female Characters for Being Too Revealing

    Nobody let these dudes see a picture of what Lara Croft looked like in the '90s.

    For a fighting game, League of Legends has a surprisingly decent ratio of female champions to male -- at 39 out of 104 it's not completely even, but it's better than the standard "token broad" you get in most fighting games. So it's a pretty huge bummer that an unofficial LoL tournament in Iran felt it necessary to ban most of the female champions from the tourney.

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  10. Internet Response League to Crowdsource Disaster Relief From Online Gamers

    In which using social media could make you more of a hero than slaying a dragon would.

    Ding! Level up, you've just gained 5000 experience points for coordinating disaster relief efforts. That's the goal of the Internet Response League, a group that hopes to harness the multitude of online gamers to use social media to save lives when natural disasters strike.

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