July 22, 2019

Normal mode is different from ranked mode (according to the game developer's explanation) only in that it does not explicitly display player rank, but still uses similar ranking and matchmaking systems. My studies find that players tend to treat normal games as casual...

February 14, 2019

A few days ago in a match I was playing support. I was moving through the river while our mid laner went into the enemy jungle chasing a low hp opponent. Without much thought I followed my teammate. Both of us were ambushed by the enemy team, and killed. We could have...

November 16, 2018

A while ago we wrote a Medium post summarizing our CSCW'2018 paper on quantification in League of Legends. It's here. In the paper and the blog post, we discussed the complicated relationship players develop with their numbers, individually and collectively, positively...

July 3, 2018

In recent patches (8.12) Riot has significantly nerfed ADCs in multiple aspects from base stats to itemization to typical game length, leading to the increasing diversification of team compositions (primarily the "bottom" role) that favors champions that are stronger i...

May 20, 2018

I'm a proud owner of two cats (or owned by them?). I'm always amazed by how they interfere in our use of technology at home (we keep them indoor almost all the time). Cats are smart and curious. They learn and do things that are not planned for them. I think it's a for...

February 27, 2018

We have a paper at alt.CHI 2018 discussing when authors put country information in the titles of their CHI papers. We found this to be an important issue, because title is perhaps the most important place to inform the widest audience of what this paper is about. Addin...

January 18, 2018

I just finished my ten placement matches, winning four and losing six, and was place in plat 5. I'm happy, considering that I got to start in silver 1 or gold 5 in the past two seasons (2016 and 2017). The team atmosphere was nice in the past ten matches, win or loss,...

January 16, 2018

Last week at GROUP'2018 I presented our work that examined UX practitioners' social media discourse around professionalization of their occupation, and received a few very thoughtful questions about our use of the term 'professionalization.' I don't think I explained w...

January 2, 2018

As a dedicated League of Legends player, I am often bothered by streaks every now and then. In winning streaks the game seems so easy to climb up and I get matched with the most supportive and skilled teammates that one can ever ask for from League. In losing streaks,...

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