When they aren't busy making tablet gaming computers, Razer has been known to toss out the odd gaming peripheral. Today the company assembles a team of official collector's edition League of Legends peripherals that, despite my hopes, did nothing to improve my in-game performance.
A big part of the problem is the League of Legends collector's edition mouse ($US89.99). It's a recoloured edition of the Razer Naga Hex, the six-button version of Razer's 12-button MMO mouse. The Naga Hex was created specifically for multiplayer online battle arena games like League of Legends, giving players quick thumb access to the all the buttons they could ever need to win the day. In total it has 11 programmable buttons controlling, on top of a 5600dpi laser sensor. It's an amazing little mouse.
So why didn't it help me? First off, I suck, and no machine is going to tell me otherwise. Secondly, I've been using the standard Naga Hex for months now, so one that comes in another colour with an unlock code for League of Legends champion Tryndamere is not going to help me.
And then there's the Goliathus collector's edition League of Legends mouse mat ($US19.99). It's built for speed, and I do feel that I've gotten just a little bit faster at losing. Insults from other players come more quickly as well.
The basic problem is that I cannot be helped.
"We're ecstatic to be able to bring to market peripherals that are custom-designed for domination in the most competitive e-Sports title today," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director via official announcement. "Partnering with Riot Games is a step forward for hard-core PC gamers everywhere. We have been strong supporters of the League of Legends scene since its inception and continue to sponsor some of the world's top teams."
See? Not even a CEO and creative director quote can help me.
I am a firm believer that one should only use licensed peripherals for a game they are good at, or at least believe they are good at. That should cover just about every League of Legends player -- except me, of course.