New Article Drops!August 2, 2006
One of the parts from the article was deleted, hopefully in the interests of space. I actually like this one more than the C-Note example that they kept for the Escapist. Consider this bit from the Director’s Cut:
Take, for example, the infamous Leeroy Jenkins of World of WarCraftfame; it’s fairly widely held that the entire movie was staged as a parody of the ‘nerdier’ guilds who meticulously plot out each of their guild events. While it does do what it set out to do, it also risks making an unintended racial comment on blackness (and perhaps the rarity thereof) in World of WarCraft. Certainly the popular YTMND.com tribute to Jenkins, which juxtaposed the audio from the game (“At least I have chicken”) with a Photoshopped image of Martin Lawrence from the Black Knightmovie poster (complete with a bucket of fried chicken) picked up on this. Look at this wacky black guy, it says, to perform as black (regardless of whether the player character or the player behind the character is, actually, black) in this generally white space is to comically get your entire guild killed. Now, the joke is no longer a cute poke at too-serious guilds; rather, it makes a spectacle out of being black in Azeroth. Blackness here is alien, a departure from the norm, and in this case, it gets a guild killed. At best, this can be laughed off as the beginnings of a ridiculous stereotype – something like “Black people can’t play role-playing games” – but at worst it cements Azeroth’s common sense; this space is for whites, and if you perform as anything other than white, you will not succeed.
I seem to recall an interview where the real-life Leeroy Jenkins expressed an affinity for malt liquor. Discuss!