Coming from a long period without playing, spending this time away thinking about what would make me genuinely return to Vainglory, and then returning, I think I’ve finally realized why I personally feel less invested in the game.
I’m not a UI designer, I’m not a game designer, I’m not someone who has eyes or knowledge to pick apart the nitty-gritty of the way this feels without it potentially sounding superficial, but the whole ‘soul’ of Vainglory that used to drive me to play for almost an hour a day has seemingly dissipated. It was like, my break from studying was studying Vainglory, I would even play for two or three hours sometimes, I loved it. I no longer feel that burning, innate desire to play, grow or improve.
There’s a few things that I suppose are causing this, all of which we’ve all spoken of before, from the broken matchmaking to the UI feeling lifeless and sterile, or maybe it’s the characters becoming stale, or maybe it’s something else additionally. After playing a multitude of rounds tonight, dealing with both wins, losses, wonderful teammates and frustrating ones, I’ve come to the conclusion that Vainglory is no longer fun - at least for me.
I love MOBAs. I love video games. I love social gaming (forgetting VG’s lacking communication, but playing with other people). Vainglory used to be so sweet, rewarding, and wholesome and it satisfied all of my gaming desires and even during losses I felt as if I made some sort of progress.
Not anymore, unfortunately. Rewards are bugged. Matchmaking times are awful. Pre-game draft and chat is a toxic mess. Too much griefing in-game. Finishing matches is a chore. All my motivation is gone.
The game no longer feels reflective of the standard that SEMC claim to hold themselves to. I’ll be completely honest - I will continue to play. Albeit maybe not as passionately, or as much, but I will. I love this game enough to not let it go, to not let it fall apart without at least witnessing that first-hand. If this game is going to go down the drain, I want to be there until it truly does. This all being said, I sincerely hope that this game picks back up again, that something changes and it once again feels like the quality, polished product SEMC look to ship.
Get well, Vainglory.