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article imageOp-Ed: League of Legends player gets 'Legendary Status'

By Can Tran     Oct 24, 2012 in Internet
Slooshi's LoL moment, turned "LOL" moment, highlights the online responsibilities of those that use the Internet let alone post content online.
Ever since YouTube, other social media sites have been popping up left and right. For the video game industry, as a whole, this has been a good thing. On YouTube, users can post their visual “walk-throughs” or “play-throughs” for people to watch. It allows people to have a visual strategy guide to aid them if and when they are stuck on a level or constantly getting killed by some boss; also, these videos have allowed people to experience the game to an extent without actually playing.
For games such as “Fallout: New Vegas” or “Final Fantasy XIII-2,” play-throughs can last from over one-hundred or two-hundred videos. With a director's account on YouTube, users are able to post videos that last longer than ten minutes. In that case, a play-through video could last between one and two hours at least which are known as “long plays.” One such example is the long play-through of “The Walking Dead Video Game.”
What's becoming more popular in regards to play-through videos are live streams. This is where the players post live streams of themselves playing games online. When you are playing, the wired world is watching you.
There is an important lesson to be learned: Turn off your web camera when you are not live-streaming at the moment. This is usually a lesson learned the hard way. Especially when learned the hard way, these are lessons that will stick with you for life.
As an important side-lesson, make sure you also turn off your live-streaming program. Even if you turn off your web cam, it's important to make sure that the program used to live-stream is turned off as well.
One “League of Legends” player is by no means an exception. The person's name is Andrew “Slooshi” Pham, a notable LoL player. He is part of a growing list of people, let alone online players, that inadvertently do private things while the web cam is left on.
Slooshi, after finishing one of his live-streams, didn't turn off the live-streaming program. While he pressed “Alt” and “Tab” to turn off the web-cam, he didn't turn off the live-stream program. Viewers of the live-stream managed to get access to more “live footage.”
Negligent of the live-stream program being turned on, Slooshi got caught masturbating on live camera with a bunch of people being able to watch the “action.” Slooshi is not the first person to compromise oneself on live streaming video nor will he be the last. It does give the important lesson of making sure all video and streaming programs are turned off. The story ran on several video game publications such as Kotaku and The Escapist. It has brought much attention from many online gamers.
Instead of hiding in shame, Slooshi turned the lemons into lemonade. His account was shut down for some time; but, after an apology was issued, Slooshi got his account reactivated. Slooshi's simply taking it up in stride.
In all cases, this League of Legends player will forever be “legendary.” On a serious note, this is one of those lessons learned the hard way. While Slooshi took it in stride, it could have been worse. The most embarrassing of accidents can happen to anybody. In the online world, one has to be careful due to cyberstalking, cyberbullying, etc.
In Slooshi's case, his LoL moment became an "LOL" moment.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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