One thing that I love about League of Legends is how rage-inducing it can get. It’s more or less a nightly occurrence on vent that one or more individuals will reach the breaking point after some horrible loss, and a busy night of playing LoL means vent is full of random rage outbursts. Paragus, fearless Inq co-GM and wise poet, leads by example most night, as in his own words “my rage bucket, which sits next to my desk, is usually full of rage vomit by the end of the night”. Some rage out internally (leaving vent right after a game without a word), some dwell on a horrible game well into the next one, and some keep a running nightly count of awful, recounting the total for anyone who hops on. It truly is wonderful.
Aria would chime in now and tell you all that I’m an emotional void and that’s why I enjoy LoL so much, and while I’ve long since come to terms that I will never be the bright smiling rainbow in any room (which is why the Emumu skin that I play often is all the more hilarious to me), I do have my moments of rage as well, though they are few and generally controlled. One could easily argue I should rage more and actually learn from it, since, and I quote Aria, I “give up first blood in every single game”.
And how does Aria handle LoL rage?
Most people will tell you that if you can survive building a house together, it means the relationship is solid. They will say the same for planning a wedding, as those are generally viewed as the two big ‘events’ in your life that can cause a lot of stress and disagreement. We have done both, and both went very smoothly. I was big into making the decisions for the house, Aria was big into wedding decisions, but we never had one of those ‘make or break’ moments, or something that we simply could not agree upon.
To those people: If you can play a night of LoL together and not perma-rage on one another after a sting of terrible games, then that’s when you really know the relationship is meant to last. Aria and I are still undecided on that one (kidding, I think), as last night she had yet another epic rage night until the final game (where admittedly she dominated and ended the night on a happy note).
It’s amazing how that works though, how you can feel like absolute crap (relatively of course, it is just a game) after one match, and then be king of the world the next. Good game balance, solid matchmaking, quality game execution, all of that combines with the raw emotion of playing with and against others; that’s why we game, right?
Now excuse me, I have a few rage buckets to dump and prepare for tonight.
Bonus Chuck: Chuck Norris once played a game of Duck Duck Goose with a group of kindergarteners. Only one kid made it to first grade.