Before beginning this article, I took a look back at its predecessor and noticed something: I used to be so happy. I used to wish the best for people. I used to be care free and non-judgemental.
Then I played League of Legends for a year.
I am sincere when I tell you that I cannot believe I am still playing League of Legends on the daily. On top of that, I am still really, really bad at this damned game. It’s funny though, in a way. I actually don’t really mind being bad. I am making strides to improve my game every day, but as of now I am stuck where I am stuck.
If there were any positive aspect I could derive from my lack of skill it would be that I get to interact with the most interesting people. Yes, I’m talking about the wonderful men and women (woman?) of “Elo hell” (now “LP hell”, I believe).
My favorite part of the “hell” experience, as I mentioned in a previous article, is that it’s essentially the virtual Shawshank. Every person who has come into that low level of gameplay has not arrived by their own accord. Instead, they believe that the only reason they were placed within that world is due to their teammates’ lack of skill. The comedy lies within the fact that in probably 95% of the cases, those haters are either on the same level or worse than the teammates they blame.
The Internet has recently attributed this to the Dunning-Kruger Effect. That cute Wikipedia link I just posted described the DKE as the following:
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their mistakes.
In layman’s terms, people who are bad would rather point the fault onto others than accept that they are bad. The most perfect example of this can be found in the following YouYube video that was posted onto /r/leagueoflegends around a month ago. Watch this and try not to get angry.