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Except it's not. Smash bros. Is very easy to pick up and play and can be played alone. MOBAs in general have a near impenetrable wall around their community, and their attitude toward new players is less than welcoming.
I'm mad, I'm so damn mad. This is cowardice. Even the word "League" in LoL doesn't make sense now. FPS games can tell stories in-game, RTS games can tell stories in-game, bloody MMORPGs can tell stories. But apparently MOBAs can't, because oh think of the game balance. Oh think of how we designed this game. They didn't even really try, and I know why, for the same reason they won't do big changes except in the preseason, because it could "alienate the playerbase" (which means losing money) and because if you told people about changing the game to be better at telling stories they'd go "ain't we a competitive game? Why risk ruining it with fluff?" I'm not asking for changes in the game, I'm not asking for the summoner's and everything else to come back, it was all indeed dumb, but I'm asking for a replacement for the massive hole they made, and for the game to mean anything. And I'm asking for a giant declaration, one that goes "Yes we were massive idiots when we made this game and did the lore in a terrible way. Yes we gave you stories and then took them away. No, we won't try changing the game or even try to tell stories with it, that'd be too hard and dangerous. What are we, game designers swimming in money?"
Anyways, happy to see this discussion going on here. I don't have too many new things to say - I'm kind of spent between Twitter and our Boards. Just wanted to let you know I'm not ignoring this thread. It feels a bit pointless, to be totally honest, because we can't make everyone happy. Older lore fans (I'm generalizing - bear with me) want the old stuff back and for us to undo this change. Going forward with this change in any capacity will make you guys unhappy.
Then again, I'm not getting anything, it seems. And the first person to go "well it being canon/not canon doesn't matter", please hurt yourself.
http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/4/2/4/43424.jpg?v=1 To Carl Barks.