Video game addiction has become a major concern in the early part of the 21st century. Online gamers, especially, are more often showing classic signs of addiction, in regards to online games like League of Legends, World of Warcraft, or Call of Duty. If you find yourself spending hours at a computer focusing on runes, wards, heroes, and lanes, you might very well have an addiction to League of Legends. If you are reading this article, you aren’t completely lost yet. The following are the top ten signs that you might be addicted to League of Legends.
10. You have paid real world money to buy Riot Points – Any time you start spending real money, there is a risk you are addicted. Check your spending. If you are spending $20 or less a month, you are probably below addiction levels. Anything more and you should worry.
9. You frequently look for ways to earn free Riot Points – Riot Points are the main way to quickly gain benefits in the game. It is easy to gain a few free Riot Points. But if you are devoting hours to surveys just to get a handful of free points, you might have a problem.
8. You participate in the Tribunal for hours each day – The Tribunal is designed as a player-controlled governing board. Voting on a few cases each day means you are just doing your civic duty for the community. Good for you. But if you vote in hundreds of cases a week, or even a day, you’ve lost track of the reason you play a game.
7. You argue the results of Tribunal cases after they are done – A relatively clear sign that you are into the addiction stage is when you continue to focus on Tribunal cases after judgment has been made. You can’t change the results, so, at best, you are simply trying to change the way future cases are judged. If you are that focused on the minutia of a specific type of behavior in a video game, you really need to step back and consider your priorities.
6. You have memorized the counter picks for every hero – A certain degree of competition is expected, but there is a point where you have crossed the line to obsession. If you categorize heroes more based on how they play against other heroes rather than how much you enjoy playing them, you may want to look behind you. You’ll probably see that line if you do.
5. You instantly dismiss anyone not in Diamond league – While ranking is generally a good indication of skill, it isn’t perfect, and it definitely doesn’t make someone a better person. Some really great players all but eschew league play and some rather terrible players have learned tricks to jump up the ranks. But even that doesn’t matter, because the moment you judge a person solely based on league ranking, you’ve forgotten what it means to be part of a community.
4. You argue with DotA players about which game is better – You obviously enjoy League of Legends. That is good. Just because you enjoy a game doesn’t mean other people can’t enjoy something else. Trying to one up other gamers because they happen to enjoy a different game doesn’t make you cool. It just shows your obsession.
3. You understand all of the terminology – If the words “top”, “bottom”, “jungler”, “feed”, and “lane” all make perfect sense to you, you have definitely spent a lot of time learning the ins and outs of the game. That is fair. There is nothing wrong with trying to master a hobby. But the jargon in the game can get pretty obscure. If you understand every odd word and every strangely constructed sentence, you might be spending a little too much time reading guides or watching “How to Play” videos.
2. You think the term “gg” is an insult – The term “gg” is short for “good game.” This has been used by sports players for generations as a polite way of acknowledging the opposing team at the end of a game. Some people do use it insultingly, but that is the minority, not the norm. If you’ve reached the point where you think of it as an insult, you probably need to step back and carefully consider exactly what kinds of game you are playing, who your are playing with, and how intense you’ve become about the game.
1. You have ever said “gg” as soon as the game starts – The main way “gg” is used as an insult is when someone says it at the start of the game to suggest that the game is already over because one team has such an obvious advantage. This is a game. You can’t predict the outcome of a game purely based on starting teams. At the point that you are either resignedly predicting loss for your team or assuredly predicting victory, without even playing, you have lost touch with the purpose of playing the game.