Riot Games recently implemented a replay system in the newest version of the game’s client. After you finish a game, you can download a copy of your game to replay and review!
Here’s the kick: the file extension for your replays is .rofl. We’re not making this up.
While watching your replay, you can clip out and automatically save highlights from your matches within the client! These are less fun .webm files, but hey, .webm files can be played in browsers easily, so I guess that’s not so bad. (It would have been funnier to have these files called .lmao though.)
Replays stick around until you patch, so if you played a game on 6.22, that replay will only be around until the 6.23 patch comes out.
Regardless of the silly name, it’s great that Riot is finally getting around to giving the players what they want. Replays were high on the list and now the company can finally cross it off. But even with this cool new feature, a lot of players have been slow to adapt. Replays can be a very valuable tool to improve your game — watching your plays while you’re not playing gives you a completely different perspective — but players who have wanted to watch replays are so used to using Plays.TV that some haven’t quite made the switch yet.
The other thing standing in the way of watching replays? Time. It takes about as much time to watch your replay as it does to play another game. That may sound obvious (because it is), but given the choice between watching a game they just played and playing another, a whole lot of players are going to choose option number two.