BlizzCon, the monumental annual event that Blizzard Entertainment puts on every year, just wrapped up this weekend. It concluded with a massive party and concert, during which George Fisher was at one point invited on stage. Mr. Fisher is also known by his stage name "Corpsegrinder" and is the singer for heavy metal band Cannibal Corpse. In order to introduce him to the audience, this snippet of an interview with him
was played (YT link). In case it's not totally clear what's getting beeped out, here's the unedited version
(YT link, NSFW language).
While there has been some outcry and official response on the WoW forums, it mostly seems centered around the feelings that some Alliance players have that they're being marginalized. One Blizzard employee has offered an apology
on the official forums, although it's not clear if he's apologizing to LGBTQ persons, Alliance players, or both. That apology is also followed by this post
from the same employee.
Interestingly, as the Horde are in many ways the "outcasts" of the game world, it has a strong pull for LGBT players and the game's largest LGBTQ guild - The Spreading Taint
on the Proudmoore server - is a Horde guild.
To provide context for people that may not be familiar:
Blizzard entertainment produces three of the most successful game series ever made: WarCraft, StarCraft, and Diablo. This post mostly concerns the World of Warcraft, an MMO set in the WarCraft universe. Players can be members of one of two factions in the game, the Alliance or the Horde. The Alliance is comprised of a core of traditionally "good" fantasy races (humans, elves, dwarves, etc.) while the Horde has the traditionally "bad" races (orcs, trolls, goblins, etc.)