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Why I Decided to be Grey

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Hokkaido

Recruiter

03-19-2011

With all the posts about the summoners code popping up, I felt it was necessary to write a full blog post about the subject at hand. For those of you who have not read earlier posts of mine, I made it obvious that I was against the pact to join the followers of the summoners code. That being said, I am in no way against the code. To clarify, I cannot in good judgement accept a code of conduct that neither I, the community, nor the riot staff can or have followed themselves.


The Summoners Code itself is wonderful. I enjoy the fact that Riot is attempting to take a stand against players with attitude problems. Unfortunately it's a code of conduct that nobody can really abide by. Lets face it, you as a company are potentially trying to fight the internet itself. Because it's a team game, there will always be players on your team that cost you the game. There will always be players who swear, feed, and in other words, throw the game because honestly, they don't care about you. What riot fails to realize is that a good majority of those players probably accepted the Summoners Code without reading a single line.

I'm sure there will be some who try their best to be a positive asset to their teams, and work hard to help their teammates wherever possible. Please, keep it up. The issue I am trying to make is that you don't need to sign a contract in order to do so. Your personality is part of who you are, and people like you make these matches great.

Here is a portion from a Riot-Supported thread on their site:




For you see, there is a problem in this community. Some more politically correct summoners would like to ignore it, or pretty their words or skirt around the issue we all know plagues this community. The problem I speak to you is, of course, the Greys.

Ignorant, disagreeable and brutish, the Greys would try to portray their cause one of freedom of choice, but in reality it is a backward clinging to traditional values that hold no place in modern, civilised society. I, for one, refuse to live in a world dominated by the presence of Greys and subject to the tyranny of the Grey Agenda.



This person is essentially calling out anyone who has not accepted the code in a negative manner. Something that is against the forum rules, but Riot supports it. About a month ago, riot had to fire one of their interns because even he could not follow the code. Look back at the quoted portion above, and replace the word "darkies" or "greys" with any other racial slur you can think. Whether or not this post was a joke, it's still negative and should not be supported by Riot. Some are even throwing around "darkies" which is considered as a racial slur for African-descended people in many anti-grey movement threads.

Like I have said in previous posts, I cannot in good judgement accept a code of conduct that I, nor the League of Legends community can or will abide themselves. Most who will publicly follow the code, but in game act no differently. People who will hop on a smurf account and feed, because it doesnt effect themselves. Players who only care about a badge on the forums, and have posts that stand out regardless of the content. Summoners who generally don't care about your code. If I have to be punished by having my posts be overlooked because I understand that accepting the code doesn't mean people will follow it, then fine.

I still say this, I will try my best to follow the code and be a positive teammate for the sake of the match, But I cannot, and will not lie to you, to the community, and to myself by accepting the Summoners Code until I finally see a positive change in the community.

~Hokkaido


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jediguru

Junior Member

03-19-2011

i agree with you. though the Summoner's Code is great on paper, its nearly impossible and unrealistic to expect ALL players to follow it 100%.


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civs

Senior Member

03-19-2011

It's not really a code, it's more a set of guidelines...


But no.... I think what you're failing to see is what is rather obvious. Riot didn't do this to ensure everyone was nice to eachother. They knew that wasn't possible. They did for strictly CYA reason. They are making absolutely sure that when they sweep through with the ban hammers very STRONGLY now that they can point people who complain back to the forums and say "You agreed to the rules, and those are also linked to the game"

Obviously not everyone that plays the game also visits this forum, but it's quite clear this was done as a way to set responsibility towards those who act irresponsibly. This is just the beginning of a much more stringent system.

Either you agree to be pleasent in the game/forums or you don't (hence black/grey, because simply it's clear as black and white in this matter). It's a free game meaning anyone on the planet with a connection and a semi-decent PC can play it, so clearly they want to make sure that people who dedicate time and lots of money into it stay. The best customers are old customers, and that's what they want. If they can keep that, they can keep revenue.

Don't waste your time over-complicating it, because it isn't complicated what they are doing.

tl;dr this was done to make old "customers" happy and is not to rid the internet of jerks, but simply to make people who have been playing this a long time want to stay around and feel like Riot cares about their customers satisfaction, especially in this case, the forums. This was clearly done for customer service/retention reasons, not to infringe upon your rights as a human being.


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Apoteosis

Senior Member

03-19-2011

I agree with you as well.

I don't even know when I accepted it, but there are thing there that I'll never comply and there have bee people that accepted the code contradicting the code itself with posts claiming a "war" against greys, although we all know they are trolling to some extent.


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Ad Victoriam

Recruiter

03-19-2011

I couldn't even read OP's post due to the greyness...

But good luck, man.


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Azghyn Nite

Recruiter

03-19-2011

Quote:
With all the posts about the summoners code popping up, I felt it was necessary to write a full blog post about the subject at hand. For those of you who have not read earlier posts of mine, I made it obvious that I was against the pact to join the followers of the summoners code. That being said, I am in no way against the code. To clarify, I cannot in good judgement accept a code of conduct that neither I, the community, nor the riot staff can or have followed themselves.


The Summoners Code itself is wonderful. I enjoy the fact that Riot is attempting to take a stand against players with attitude problems. Unfortunately it's a code of conduct that nobody can really abide by. Lets face it, you as a company are potentially trying to fight the internet itself. Because it's a team game, there will always be players on your team that cost you the game. There will always be players who swear, feed, and in other words, throw the game because honestly, they don't care about you. What riot fails to realize is that a good majority of those players probably accepted the Summoners Code without reading a single line.

I'm sure there will be some who try their best to be a positive asset to their teams, and work hard to help their teammates wherever possible. Please, keep it up. The issue I am trying to make is that you don't need to sign a contract in order to do so. Your personality is part of who you are, and people like you make these matches great.

Here is a portion from a Riot-Supported thread on their site:




For you see, there is a problem in this community. Some more politically correct summoners would like to ignore it, or pretty their words or skirt around the issue we all know plagues this community. The problem I speak to you is, of course, the Greys.

Ignorant, disagreeable and brutish, the Greys would try to portray their cause one of freedom of choice, but in reality it is a backward clinging to traditional values that hold no place in modern, civilised society. I, for one, refuse to live in a world dominated by the presence of Greys and subject to the tyranny of the Grey Agenda.



This person is essentially calling out anyone who has not accepted the code in a negative manner. Something that is against the forum rules, but Riot supports it. About a month ago, riot had to fire one of their interns because even he could not follow the code. Look back at the quoted portion above, and replace the word "darkies" or "greys" with any other racial slur you can think. Whether or not this post was a joke or not, it's still negative and should not be supported by Riot. Some are even throwing around "darkies" which is considered as a racial slur for African-descended people in many anti-grey movement threads.

Like I have said in previous posts, I cannot in good judgement accept a code of conduct that I, nor the League of Legends community can or will abide themselves. Most who will publicly follow the code, but in game act no differently. People who will hop on a smurf account and feed, because it doesnt effect themselves. Players who only care about a badge on the forums, and have posts that stand out regardless of the content. Summoners who generally don't care about your code. If I have to be punished by having my posts be overlooked because I understand that accepting the code doesn't mean people will follow it, then fine.

I still say this, I will try my best to follow the code and be a positive teammate for the sake of the match, But I cannot, and will not lie to you, to the community, and to myself by accepting the Summoners Code until I finally see a positive change in the community.

~Hokkaido


To make it slightly more easier to read.


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Mister Jimson

Senior Member

03-19-2011

Quote:
Azghyn Nite:
To make it slightly more easier to read.


i lol'ed


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Ignis Bliss

Member

03-19-2011

Grey's unite.

THEY CAN NOT BREAK OUR SPIRIT!


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Alaric11

Senior Member

03-19-2011

Downvoted for being grey.


Not because you didn't accept the code(because I haven't either), but because you're too **** hard to read.


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Azghyn Nite

Recruiter

03-19-2011

The grey transparency makes it strainful to my eye...