Spectator Mode Feedback
Hi all. With the wide release of Spectator Mode, many of you will be spectating for the first time.
We'd love to hear your feedback as you dive into the feature and watch LoL matches.
Feel free to discuss or suggest anything Spectator related, but here are some areas you might consider for feedback:
Featured Games (on the landing page)
Drop-In (off your Friend List)
Thanks and get Spectating!
Love it. The Directed Camera seems a little wonky, but it's nice for when I'm feeling lazy. The timeshift controls are *awesome*.
Its fantastic. Great work.
Haven't found any bugs, but everything seems flawless to me so far.
Is my only option to spectate in colorblind mode?
I posted this in another thread and I guess this relates to 'general':
"I have an idea that I would like implemented. To start off I came from SC2 where watching replays is something that I always do. Now when watching a live SC2 game or watching a replay you could hold the middle mouse button to pan the camera. It does 2 things that I wish that Spectator Mode did.
1. In SC2 when you push the middle mouse button, the camera does not start to pan until you move the mouse. In Spectator Mode when you push the middle mouse button the camera starts to pan to wherever your mouse is. So if my mouse is slightly off center, then the camera will start to move in that direction even if my mouse is stationary. For me, this is slightly annoying and I wish that the middle mouse would only pan the camera if my mouse is moving.
2. In SC2 when you use the middle mouse button it makes your cursor disappear. Also, in SC2 you can hide the interface (like you can in Spectator Mode) to fit more on your screen. So I like combining these two features when using SC2. EG: I can hide the interface and then make my mouse disappear by using the middle mouse button. So there is litterally nothing on my screen (mouse cursor/UI) other than the battle at hand. I would love at least an option to be able to do this for Spectator Mode.
I hoped I explained these points well and I think it would be cool if Riot at the very least gave us the option to change the Spectator Mode to these settings."
Being able to join a friend that is spectating their OWN friend's game would be kinda nice. Just a thought. I'm sure this thread will be great once people really get into it.
I wanted to add a little tidbit with the Directed Camera. It actually seems decent, although I have yet to use it first hand, but right away in the spotlight, I noticed, the camera lacks tracking with maybe a couple abilities (such as Master Yi's Alpha Strike). It just looked a little off, but I'm sure it's not that bad. I suppose it is hard to predetermine the camera to locate the new location of the champ, but MAYBE there is a way to tweak it. I just imagine other spells looking a little off (Flashes, blinks, etc.). But who knows!
EDIT: I feel like moving this thread to In-Game HUD just killed it
EDIT EDIT: Glad you made this thread "sticky" for GD. It's alive!!!
So I have watched 3 games so far with spectator. For the most part, you guys succeeded and the mode is near perfect (then again, it's been like what, a year or more, since you've announced it?). Regardless, the functions available are awesome, especially for new players. Older veteran players also get some insight into even higher ELO brackets.
The Directed Camera is actually pretty nice. It seems to kinda just jump to whoever has the lowest health though, which takes away from the "Directed Camera will jump to the action on the map!" aspect that you guys say it has. However, I'm sure updates will only make it better, so now harm there. Besides, the Timeshift feature is utterly amazing, so it helps A TON for spectating. Hell, just rewinding to see what spell a certain champ takes at level 4 is helpful.
You guys mentioned that implementing spectator chat was in your heads, but you couldn't find a nice way to do it. For example, you mentioned that you tried tabs within the chat window to show game chat and a separate tab for spectator chat. After playing around with the mode, I don't even see GAME CHAT, although I could just need to enable it and not be paying attention enough. Regardless, spectator chat is going to be a main feature for an incoming update and you guys already know that. So I say at least test out the Tab chat idea in PBE or something.
Heck, couldn't you even add the normal chat feature in the main menu screen and put in as a transparent UI at the bottom of the screen? Or ever the bottom left/right of the screen? So basically, you will have the "Friends List", "Chat Tabs", and "Group Chat Tabs" at the bottom of the screen, with the same features as people are used to at the main menu screen. Maybe even make it like a pop up menu (ala Mac OSX dock). Who knows, just giving feedback. With this idea, you could even invite YOUR friends to join you in spectating.
Minor Bug (?):
Directed Camera is nice (heck you can eat AND watch action!), but it seems that if you choose to lock on to a champ, and then click ANY feature (such as checking how much gold the champs have in the Tab menu), then the Directed Camera resets. It isn't that big of a deal, but a minor annoyance. Or perhaps it's intended and the Directed Camera just turns back on after a couple minutes.
Anyways, I would have to say that Spectator Mode is as big of a release (if not bigger) than Dominion and will segway greatly into the much anticipated replays.
TL; DR: Spectator Mode is a great tool to help new players to the game and even veteran players can take away some things. Updates in the future will only build on this mode. 9/10
If only there was some kind of delay on it so people couldn't cheat!!!!
Joking aside, I personally haven't had the chance to use it yet, but it sounds amazing.
A few points that I've heard though -
-Spectateception (Join a friend spectating so you can spectate the same game he's spectating)
Putting this post on the front page since it was really well thought out -
Is there a way to talk to others spectating or to invite friends to spectate with? this would make it quite a bit more enjoyable imo.
Looks great, one thing though that it's missing (Dota 2 has this) is the spectator chat where all spectators can comment amongst themselves, that's like, half the fun of spectating.
Bug : In team select the right team is listed as "Summoner's 1 to 5", instead of showing the name.
Personal note : And I know the announcer thing isn't all done, but I hope you can make it a little better. (More specific, more enjoyable. The tone isn't all there. And she tell nothing when poeple get kills and such !) Overall the "X team have destroyed a turret/inibitor" really isn't exciting at all or doesn't add anything. And due to the different post production she doesn't sound the same as the "killing spree, etc". I'd like to hear more double-kill/triple kill, etc.
Suggestion : I would really like more than 5 features games if possible. Maybe 10 would be enough. And an indication of the elo range or something like this could be great. I know it's mostly high ranked game. I've only seen 1600+ so far. But maybe if you show the elo range (for ranked) it would allow you to put higher range of gameplay.
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