Originally Posted by UTMoonbog
That's all well and good, but like I said: why could Blizzard do it, but Riot can't? People only create their own servers when they are dissatisfied with the product at hand. If Riot enabled us to have something to do during downtime, this dissatisfaction would decrease.
What do you mean "Blizzard could do it and Riot can't?"
It's not that they can't, it's that they choose not to in order to maintain game security. Starcraft, Diablo 2, etc, have offline single-player mode, and they've all suffered from a plethora of hacks and 3rd party applications that allow the user to cheat.
I am not a programmer, but I suppose that I do not understand the issue of hacks. Does only allowing online play actually prevent anyone from accessing the code? Couldn't a dedicated hacker get to the code one way or another? And are a couple of hackers messing up the game really a deterrent to making a large portion of the community happy? Obviously anybody who hacked their way to the top of ranked games would be discovered, so what would be the point?
I'm not even sure how to respond to this. The answer is yes, "a couple of hackers" is enough of a deterrent. It's clear that you're not familiar with online gaming. It's not just "a couple of hackers", it's the hundreds of thousands (at the very least) of jackasses that will use whatever exploits come out. When at least one person in every game you play has a massive advantage because they have no fog of war, or can teleport around the map with no cooldown, you'll see three things: 1. A large majority of the population will quit playing, because the playing field is no longer level. 2. The remainder of the population will also begin using exploits in order to level the playing field. 3. Riot will have to drastically increase staff in order to combat these applications.
Less players and increased overhead, along with a lack of professional gaming events due to the lack of player base and dearth of legitimate non-hacked games will lead to the game's downfall.
So, what do you want, man? You want to play offline with some bots occasionally, or do you want the game to sink?