Shoutout – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s List on Becoming a Man

Back in the fall of 2013 when I first lived away from the comfort and consistency of home leaving for college, I was eager to read pieces containing what I perceived to be good advice, in any form of a tangible gathered list or collection of thoughts. One that struck particularly for me was a list of 20 things boys can do to become men; it’s a list made by one of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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How League of Legends Fosters a Toxic Community

I was playing some League of Legends today with an old friend of mine. It was a typical League game, full of passive players until someone starts to perform poorly. Then at once, other teammates get so irate and abuse chat. As per usual the game devolves into toxic banter. My friend also chimed into the angst. I asked him, “man why do you have to feed into that stuff?” He told me “what do you mean? It’s just part of the game.” Of course to me this made no sense. Riot Games, the creators of League, didn’t intentionally make an environment that promotes such behavior. In fact, Riot has tried various efforts to prohibit negative behavior. However due to the way League has been morphed from the ground up, and well as changes made throughout its lifespan, League’s shell is just a hub of bad behavior. This article looks to identify what points League accentuates the internet’s already bad mannered ways, and perhaps some hope there could be for the future of this popular game.

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