My friend got me to play “League of Legends” near the end of summer 2010. It was in the same vein of the “Defense of the Ancients” game that I played extensively for four years throughout college. LoL is a tricky game to explain to someone who doesn’t understand the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre, so I won’t go into detail of how the game is played.
I needed a quick username for LoL, so I chose “Coug54″ for the sake of simplicity. I love the WSU Cougs and my favorite number is 54. Easy to remember, too.
Basically, the main reason I made the transition from DotA to LoL was because of Nidalee. She is a LoL character in the game who can transform herself into a cougar, my favorite cat species in the world. I remember collecting enough Influence Points (LoL’s in-game currency for playing the game) so I could purposefully unlock Nidalee as my first playable character. LoL had an addicting appeal to it that I found myself having loads of fun as Nidalee, pouncing around as a cougar and winning games with the female feline.
And from there, the real immersion began.