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Pentakill: The Best Feeling in the World


I still remember my first pentakill. I was playing Karthus, he had this passive where he stays alive for a while after he dies, and if you timed it right, you could get a few more shots off before ulting. Back in those days, all you had to do was build up a huge amount of magic penetration, and you could do an insane amount of damage.

I don't even know if Karthus got reworked, if he's still a champion even. But anyway.

If you're ahead, Pentakills can let you finish the game. If you're behind, it can help you get back on track. You earn a massive amount of gold, and it feels so good. And it feels extra good, because they're so rare - at least when you're playing against people at the same skill level. It feels like you did something really significant.

Especially when most of the time, it feels pretty good to get just one kill. Double kills are pretty special. Triple kills are really rare. Quadrakills are basically pentakills, where one guy got away from you.

But there is nothing in life like the Pentakill.

They're so awesome, that people sometimes type something in the chat afterwards, like "whoa, a penta!" "no way!" etc.

Video games provide abundant, instant feedback.

Parents and teachers are so confused and frustrated with kids who have so much interest in playing video games instead of doing their work.

It's not that the work isn't rewarding - in fact, I've never met anyone who says "I want to fail at my work". Everyone wants to be the best at everything.

The problem is that the brain quickly adapts to every exercise that it's made to do, and when you get instant feedback all the time from apps and video games, it becomes really hard to pay attention to work that doesn't provide instant feedback.

Video games actually increase symptoms of ADHD, and increase the activity of your risk-reward system, which is associated with impulse control disorders, like gambling.

The best thing you can do, if you need to increase your attention span, is to stop playing video games, and add difficult tasks that demand attention without instant feedback - like reading a book - to your daily routine. 20 minutes per day is enough to notice a difference in two weeks!

It feels good to stay busy working towards a better life.

This is the new slogan for QuitLoL, because it's really the most effective thing anybody can do if they want to improve their mental anguish and life situation at the same time.

I think most problems are actually caused when people "react" abnormally to a bad situation. When really, all you need to do is stay calm and focused on how to make things better again.

The best thing to do is to make a list of a few things you can always get busy doing, that are productive. When you feel bad, it's important to get busy right away.

The only thing you need to figure out for yourself: What is your better life?