While everyone here at G4 had a very nice Blizzcon, enjoying very elaborate costumes, cool tournaments, concerts and the general good fellowship of fellow gamers at the show, a performance by "band" Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain and a video shown to close out Blizzcon 2011 had a decidedly different, sinister vibe.
The video shown toward the ending of the show is remarkable in its offensiveness and stupididy. In it, George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, member of the band Cannibal Corpse as well as Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain, has some choice words for The Alliance, describing the World of Warcraft faction with dripping anger and slurs against homosexuals.
While the curses were bleeped at Blizzcon, the video still offended members of the Alliance, gay people, and anyone who has a functioning human brain. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a guy named "Corpsegrinder" is offensive and stupid, but still, click the cut for the entirely NSFW video.
It's not just the video, either. Members of the Alliance report being physically intimidated at Blizzcon, and even being assaulted for their choice of faction.
I understand it's kind of fun to pretend that the "rivalry" between Horde and Alliance is real, but this guy (and other guys like him) is just ridiculous. I think he really takes it seriously. And who at Blizzard thought showing this was a good idea? Or asking this guy to perform? Like gay people don't have enough trouble without people like the meathead above hurling insults at them? Like anyone who plays a video game needs to feel like crap because the prefer the look and lore of the Alliance over the Horde? Even if you try to excuse it by saying you're "just kidding."
Anyway, because of the uproar, Corpsegrinder has apologized by issuing a statement reading:
"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. Our humblest apologies, Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain."
As a former member of the Horde, I'm embarrassed. I always considered the Horde faction to skew slightly older and more intelligent than the Alliance, but I haven't played WoW in a couple years. Maybe things have changed?
On a related note, when I was a teenager, I used to like punk rock and hate heavy metal, even though both forms of music sound very similar, and both groups dress in unconventional ways. Once someone challenged me on this, and I really thought hard about the difference between the two musical forms. Here's what I came up with:
Punk rock is smart people acting stupid, while heavy metal is stupid people acting smart.
There are plenty of exceptions on both sides, but the video above proves my basic point.
Update: Just kidding, metal-heads; you guys are awesome.