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WoW players outraged by anti-Alliance Blizzcon presentation

Thursday, 27th October 2011 03:32 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Blizzard has come under heavy criticism for a Blizzcon 2011 presentation featuring a censored video, found to contain a string of slurs and implied violence against Alliance players.

GayGamer reports the incident occurred during the closing of the convention, when a performance from metal group Cannibal Corpse was introduced by a video of frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

Although the video shown at Blizzcon was bleeped, the original source has turned up online. Fisher expressed his allegiance to the Horde faction, describing Alliance players in highly offensive terms including three homophobic slurs, and suggesting multiple times they should “die”.

Blizzard’s airing of the video – and an inferred sanction of the language and sentiments therein – has outraged many players, and discussion of the incident has spread over three threads on the official Blizzard forums.

Activism group GLAAD and several press outlets have taken both Blizzard and Activision Blizzard to task for the homophobia expressed in the original video. Community manager Bashiok posted a response from Blizzard’s band, Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftan.

“Hey guys, we read and heard all the feedback from BlizzCon this year. The Corpsegrinder bit was never intended to be taken seriously. We are sorry that we offended anyone; everything at our shows is just meant in fun. Thank you all for speaking up. We’ll definitely keep this in mind for future shows.”

In addition to criticism of the slurs and implied threat of violence, some Blizzard fans feel the incident is just the latest manifestation of a deeper problem, with reports of verbal abuse and even physical assaults on Alliance players at Blizzard gatherings and events.

The majority of Blizzard staff are Horde players, a fact the faction’s player base is gleefully aware of, and the developer is often perceived to be egging on the rivalry between the two groups.

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19 Comments

  1. Charlie Sheen

    Entrails Ripped from a Virgin’s Cunt

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    And this right here is just one of many reasons why I no longer play WoW.

    People who take a video game waaaaay too fucking seriously.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Brenna Hillier

    Updated with response from Blizzard community manager and to reflect the fact that Blizzard aired a bleeped version.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Talkar

    if anyone takes tafkatafkal80etc aka l90etc serious, i’m afraid they are going to have much bigger problems in life.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. SplatteredHouse

    Blizzard have taken lack of foresight and sensible content selection to alarmingly dismal levels.

    “suggesting multiple times they should “die”.
    I’m sure WoW features PVP, so in that context absolutely the opposing force’s characters should die. I don’t fault Fisher one bit. Any blame to be laid is entirely on Blizzard. I mean, it’s not like he’s under any ToS during that interview, so he can say whatever he wants, within reason. Maybe the guy feels like WoW kids are too stuffy sometimes (he mocks the character design of the Alliance several times), and then just wanted to let off some steam outside of the game.
    The language used is foul, but it’s too “of the moment” to be taken as any kind of statement of intent.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    It’s a fucking videogame.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. silkvg247

    So a metal group puts on a show, acting *gasp!* *Shock!* like an aggressive.. you know.. metal band. And people get offended. Sometimes I despair at the human race.

    It’s thanks to tits like this that censorship is so fucking ridiculous as it is.

    Oh and congrats, Blizz will be too scared to do anything this funny again.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Jackie

    I stopped reading when i was at the first word of the first Sentence (GayGamer) but i went on just to read a huge pile of bullshit. Guess should have really stopped at GayGamer.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. mojo

    ” describing Alliance players in highly offensive terms including three homophobic slurs, and suggesting multiple times they should “die”.”

    ive never heard canibal corpse, never played WoW and in general couldnt care less about mmos, but please, someone hand George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher a medal!

    #9 3 years ago
  10. sleepyfox

    Like quoted many times before:

    “It’s now very common to hear people say ‘I’m rather offended by that.’ As if that gives them certain rights; it’s actually nothing more…it’s simply a whine. ‘I find that offensive,’ it has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. ‘I’m offended by that,’ well so fucking what?

    -Stephen Fry”

    #10 3 years ago
  11. viralshag

    FOR THE HORDE!!!!!!!

    Haha. People are so lame.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Kabby

    So the Alliance is mostly populated by gays? Got it.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DSB

    This is why everybody hates the Alliance. What a bunch of fucking pansies.

    @10 That made my morning. Thanks man.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Gheritt White

    So WoW *is* gay after all!

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DuckOfDestiny

    Hahahahahaha, nerds!

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DSB

    Hahaha, here’s the clip!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2yvZM1wn04

    He actually made that statement to a tiny Danish metal mag. That was like the metal scoop of the decade.

    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/10/27/blizzcons-peculiar-homophobic-moment/

    This made me laugh more than anything else. I can’t fathom how John Walker manages to take himself seriously.

    Clearly calling the Alliance gay means that you want to oppress homosexuals. And telling them to die means that you want someone to exterminate them in a gaschamber. OKAY THEN, THAT’S SANE.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. DarkElfa

    When did the Alliance come out of the closet?!

    Jeez, I miss everything…

    #17 3 years ago
  18. GwynbleiddiuM

    Well, I have no problem with what that dude said, he expressed himself as any would do. I’m a proud member of Alliance force and I have about the same opinion, maybe even more aggressive about the horde. So fucking what? This is what it meant to be, if there are people who are taking these shits seriously, they need to take a long break cause it seems to me they’re so fucking confused. They no longer know which world they’re living into and can’t draw lines between fantasy and reality.

    Also grabbing the entire Alliance and labeling them as what most of you did is just wrong. There are many cry babies on both factions, this time only the Alliance ones nerd raged because they found something directly targeted them, in a similar situation, the horde would bitch as fucking much.

    So, try to remember this is a game, enjoy it the way you like but never forget you’re not an virtual avatar, you’re a being with some level of intellectuality behind that. Try to put that intellectual aspect of yourself into good use.

    EDIT: OK! I read this and I am honestly very disappointed. This is what you should consider when bashing alliance players next time. So pathetic.

    http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3424466214#new-post

    #18 3 years ago
  19. DSB

    So because someone gets attacked at Blizzcon, you can’t badmouth the Alliance?

    That’s batshit insane. The fact that some people commit violence doesn’t mean that perfectly sane people can’t enjoy dissing eachother. Too bad they had a bad night, but if they really expect to be sheltered from those kinds of things then they shouldn’t be playing WoW at all, nor should they engage in any kind of internet-related activity.

    #19 3 years ago

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