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League of Legends

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. The United States Government Admits Gamers Are Pro Athletes

    I will make it legal!

    Thanks to Riot Games eSports manager Nick Allen, the United States officially sees gamers as pro athletes. Don't get too excited, this probably doesn't apply to you.

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  8. A Sampler of In-Game Holiday Events, Detailed in Festive Verse

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    T’is the night before Christmas and through many a house all the gamers are playing with controller or mouse. Quite soon we will pause to wrap gifts and share hugs, to pour too much eggnog in red and green mugs. But wait, says your writer! Don’t log out right just yet! There’s some holiday cheer that we mustn’t forget! For our digital worlds love this time of year, too. There’s presents and parties! Free swag, just for you! Deck the halls with your guildies! Your clanmates! Your crew! Take part in some make-believe! There’s so much to do!

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  9. Halo 4 Execs Bring Out The Banhammer, Threaten Lifetime Suspensions For Sexism on Xbox Live

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    Start a discussion about harassment in games, and two words are bound to come up: Xbox and Halo. Seeing as how the latter is one of the most successful game franchises ever, which runs on one of the world’s most popular consoles, this perhaps has to do less with the game itself and more with the fact that it represents a huge chunk of the gaming community. Heated competition undoubtedly plays a part as well, but whatever the reason for it, if you want to show someone just how bad things can get in multiplayer gaming, Halo’s the poster child. Which is why it was a pretty big deal earlier this week when Gamespot published an interview with Kiki Wolfkill, executive producer of Halo 4, and Bonnie Ross, head of Microsoft subsidiary 343 Industries (the game’s developer). With Halo 4 poised for launch next Tuesday, they had a message for their players: Sexist language on Xbox Live will get you a permaban.

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  10. So Far, So Good: League of Legends Takes An Honorable Approach To Improving Player Behavior

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    If you keep tabs on the world of gaming, you’re probably aware that the League of Legends community has a reputation for being a bit…let’s s

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