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Community Spotlight: Does League of Legends Fill the MMO Void?

Posted by MikeB Sunday June 3 2012 at 4:32PM
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In this week's Community Spotlight we focus on the thread, "Do you know why everyone plays LoL right now?" by Lonzo. In the thread, Lonzo asserts that LoL's popularity with MMO players has much to do with the general sense of dissatisfaction many fans of the genre have had for MMOs released over the past couple of years:

There is no alternative for us MMO-Fans out there. LoL is the perfect thing to play between MMO releases and right now there is really no MMORPG out there that is really worth to play.

Does the community agree? Read on to find out!

gaeanprayer feels LoL is a great in-between game, but doesn't hold a candle to even the most basic MMOs:

LoL is actually a good game. I played long enough to get Sona and long enough afterward to piss everyone off with her :3 But ultimately it's very shallow, and I don't see how it compares to even the most KTx quest-driven MMO where my characters advance and grow and do more than just lane-then-kill.

I agree though, it's a great game between in, something to play while an MMO is downloading.

InfinityD completely agrees:

You are absolutely correct in my case, at any rate.

Quit WoW. Started playing LoL. Nothing else has held my interest since. Rift is bland, SWTOR was fun for the one month, Diablo 3 was fun through normal and nightmare and then meh. Tera got dull before the beta was over.

At this point im inclined to think that perhaps I just enjoy MOBA gameplay more than MMO gameplay now. Maybe my MMO days are over. Or maybe Guild Wars 2 will do the trick. But i've hyped over way too many games to do it again. I'd rather not care, and be pleasantly suprised later.

Banegrivm weighs in:

My two cents.

I prefer the original old school MMO's to the "modern MMO's" which well, just bore me to tears. I miss the days when people actually RP'ed in games. I miss the days when there was permadeth (NWN on AOL), I miss the days when games had actual purpose and an actual point to playing (MPBT on GEnie), I miss the days when MMO's were just fun and not a loot grind and level treadmill. By those comparisons, all MMO's right now are just not fun at all for me. I am looking forward to Guild Wars 2 to a degree because it's alot different. I am most excited about Mechwarrior Online because for the most part it's going to be a reincarnation of the original Multi-Player Battletech from GEnie which was one of the first MMO's. I'm all over that like white on rice. That all being said however...

I loves me some LoL. I love it because I can just play it and have fun. I think alot of game devs miss the point nowadays. Games should be about fun and not about a work ethic. I don't enjoy any game because I need to "level up" or "grind away" gear. I play a game based on whether or not it is fun, not on how much I have to work at it. I love LOL because it's so laid back. I can pick it up at any point in time and just play. It's FUN, and that's something most modern MMO's just don't seem to really get which I think is very very sad.

I don't know why 'everyone' plays League of Legends, but I can personally attest to the fact that I end up playing the game more often when I'm in-between or not actively playing an MMO. Sometimes I take a break from my 'active' MMO and just play League whenever I have time. However, when I am actively playing an MMO I tend to avoid League. I just have to be in a certain mindset, I suppose.

I don't necessarily agree that the game's popularity hinges at all on what's going on in the MMO genre, but I'm sure there are many MMO fans like myself who get tons of play out of the game. It's just fun and addicting once you break the ice and get comfortable with the fundamentals.

What do you think? If you play League of Legends, does it have to do with the fact you're in-between MMOs? Or is League something you'd enjoy even if you were actively playing an MMO? Share your thoughts in the comments below!