Neoseeker : News : League of Legends introduces 'Honor' system to encourage sportsmanship
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Xoaiie Oct 1, 12
I have not been on League in a few days. This is an amazing improvement toward the community of the game. This will encourage loudmouthed idiots to keep to themselves, as well as the more friendly players to speak up and try enjoying their opponents or work better with their teams. I really do think this will take the League of Legends community to a whole new level.
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Tashur Astur Oct 1, 12
I like this system alot, previously this game has been "OMG REPORT NOOB FEEDER" kind of meta-community(if that exists), however with this new system, I think people might think twice, although most of the not-cool people that terror MOBA games in general will most likely be unaffected. It won't really affect my style much, I try to be a good loser etc. just because it all in all makes the game more enjoyable.
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Grimdark Oct 1, 12
I have reservations on whether or not this will actually do anything. This seems like a way for people to play nice to enlarge their e-peen and with no actual rewards beyond that, honor seems a bit doomed to fail. I'm not overly fond of all the Tribunal punishments nullifying all your honor either.
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Luminescence Oct 1, 12
I think it's a really good improvement, although as DC Sniper said, no rewards for these Honors makes it seem only optional and won't change much in even the most idiotic and hard-headed players. Only those who really want to see all the features this game has to offer, and not those who go "OMGBBQ *bleep*ING NOB REPRT" will use this option, unfortunately.
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MegaBassMan Oct 1, 12
I'm going to have to agree with DC Sniper on this one. I could be way off, but I don't see this affecting much. Trolls will continue to be trolls, and good sports will continue as such. I don't see how the Honor system will contribute much to a player's desire to be a good sport about winning or losing.
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Grimdark Oct 1, 12
I think I'll humor it and use it when we win or when there's a cool dude. Problem I think I will always have is even if you have thousands of honor, it's all gone the one time you get banned from the Tribunal.
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Lorx Oct 1, 12
If you rack up 234,399,463,274 honor (plus or minus a roasted chicken), I'd consider it highly unlikely you would ever get banned and actually lose that. This is a really easy game to not get banned in, and anybody who accumulates a decent amount of honor, is probably wise enough to keep out of the way of a ban. As of a few months ago when Saint Vicious got himself banned, Riot announced a total of 1.4% of the community ever gets banned, and over 50% of those players never get banned again. So at most 0.7% of the community gets banned more than once, that is not going to create a a widespread issue of "but we're all losing our honor when we get banned!".

In order for this system to succeed I think Riot will need to pay attention to two key details:
  • Keeping up with the abuse, and making sure to can it.
  • Giving the system weight.
Why they need to keep abuse down is pretty straightforward. Systems like this have crashed and burned in traditional MMORPG's because of users that trade it around. By 'weight' what I'm referring to is what Megabassman brought up, people ignoring the system. In order for it to have any effect on the community at large, Honor is something players need to want enough to work for it. If Riot can spin it and make players really want more Honor, the system will work out pretty well.
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Inuyasha Oct 1, 12
quote DC Sniper
I have reservations on whether or not this will actually do anything. This seems like a way for people to play nice to enlarge their e-peen and with no actual rewards beyond that, honor seems a bit doomed to fail. I'm not overly fond of all the Tribunal punishments nullifying all your honor either.
I played 4 ranked games today, two of them started with someone saying "GL HF", how many times have I heard that in Solo Que Ranked before? Maybe two times ever.

Coincidence? I don't think so. It may be fake pleasantries, but better than genuine immaturity and crude language.
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GlancingReverse Oct 1, 12
Just finished a game and got an honor point. On one hand, it feels good having people tell you how awesome you are, but on the other hand, so what? What good does working to get this point give me? They need to implement some kind of reward system for getting these things, but that just invites people to abuse the system to get ahead. Honestly, I really don't like the idea in the first place, but if it works, more power to them.
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Tashur Astur Oct 1, 12
You guys misunderstood me, I meant trolls will still be trolls which is something you can never troll, ragekids will be ragekids, but all the people who are on the good side of not being those 2 classes now get a bit of motivation after playing a game and being nice to see someone appreciated it. I know I will at least.

Also, like Inu said, it's alot better to have someone be nice without meaning it than for them to simply not care at all. Same goes for if you go mad except the opposite way, better keep it to yourself than let it out on a random internet dude/dudette.
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Grimdark Oct 1, 12
Lorx, the problem with losing all that honor is that all it takes is literally one game.
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Tashur Astur Oct 1, 12
Just don't get banned then, if you get banned you probably don't deserve these honour points anyway, I really don't see the problem...
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Lorx Oct 1, 12
quote DC Sniper
Lorx, the problem with losing all that honor is that all it takes is literally one game.
Except that's not true, unless you are absolutely 100% horrible in every way, at which point it's purely intentional and is a conscious choice anyway.
Well, or you stream your games to thousands of people, like Saint Vicious, in which case you are held to a higher standard as a pillar of the community. But I don't believe anybody here actually falls under that category.

Moral of the story really is to just keep your calm. If you keep your calm when you play, and don't blow up at anybody else or say rude things, you won't get banned. Unskilled player reports? Those don't end in bans. Everything else just boils down to making that choice to actually be personable. If somebody acts like a moron, let them, that's no excuse for you to turn up the heat in response. Let them dig their own grave. There is no excuse for raging hard enough to get banned. "He started it!" or "But they did-" are the excuses of children. If somebody is really pissing you off, either have fun imagining them banned, realize how little this will matter one month from now, listen to some music while playing, or whatever else calms you down.
If you're finding that all pubs just make you want to rage, find a full on group of people, and play whenever they're online. If you don't have a full group, just find something else to play, or make more friends.

Either way, using other players as an outlet for aggression is not the correct response. It will get you banned, and it should get you banned, losing honor is a logical and good punishment to go along with bans, especially since most people who are banned often just alt-account anyway. Honor, if it works as intended of course, will give incentive to just not get banned in the first place. Which is honestly not nearly as hard as you make it out to be, all you have to do is be civil and play fairly. That's not asking a lot. Nobody's asking you to teach people you notice are worse than you, or to do anything special or extra. All that's being asked is to not create a toxic atmosphere for other players. You're capable of that.
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WakeCraterWind Oct 1, 12
quote DC Sniper
I think I'll humor it and use it when we win or when there's a cool dude. Problem I think I will always have is even if you have thousands of honor, it's all gone the one time you get banned from the Tribunal.
If it's that hard to not be an assh*le, and I'm not saying you are, DC, then said person really should not be playing LoL. Or even be interacting with people. At all.

Just don't be a d*ck. Not a terribly difficult thing for normal people to do.
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