WoW Character Renamed After 2007 ‘Cocksucker’ Video Resurfaces

WoW Character Renamed After 2007 ‘Cocksucker’ Video Resurfaces
WoW character Gorge the Corpsegrinder (Screenshot: Blizzard)

A World of Warcraft character named Gorge the Corpsegrinder, named after Corpsegrinder frontman George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher, has had its name changed as Blizzard continues combing through the archives and finding references in the game that, in 2021, maybe aren’t as cool as they used to be.

In this instance, it was the rediscovery of a 2007 interview with Fisher that was later broadcast during Blizzcon 2011, in which he begins by talking about his love for WoW — ”I’ve got four accounts at level 70, I’m not fuckin’ playing man, WoW is fuckin’ life for me” — but later gets heated when revealing which faction he played.

“I don’t play no fuckin’ homo Alliance, either…fuck the Alliance, fuckin’ die you emo cocksuckers”. You can see the original 2007 interview here:

And here’s the interview, recut and censored, being played live on the BlizzCon 2011 stage, in a video captured and uploaded by some guy in the crowd called Mike Fahey:

It’s important to note here that going back to this video and criticising it isn’t some act of archaeological outrage; its showing in 2011 was controversial even then, and prompted then-President Mike Morhaime to issue the following statement:

Dear members of the Blizzard community,

I have read your feedback and comments about this year’s BlizzCon, and I have also read the feedback to the apology from Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain. I’d like to respond to some of your feedback here.

As president of Blizzard, I take full responsibility for everything that occurs at BlizzCon.

It was shortsighted and insensitive to use the video at all, even in censored form. The language used in the original version, including the slurs and use of sexual orientation as an insult, is not acceptable, period. We realise now that having even an edited version at the show was counter to the standards we try to maintain in our forums and in our games. Doing so was an error in judgment, and we regret it.

The bottom line is we deeply apologise for our mistakes and for hurting or offending anyone. We want you to have fun at our events, and we want everyone to feel welcome. We’re proud to be part of a huge and diverse community, and I am proud that so many aspects of the community are represented within Blizzard itself.

As a leader of Blizzard, and a member of the band, I truly hope you will accept my humblest apology.

– Mike Morhaime President, Blizzard Entertainment

The change was made in Patch 9.1.5, as reported by Wowhead. The character will remain in the game, but will now be known as Annihilator Grek’lor.

 

Comments

  • Jesus. I mean, while we’re at it, “Damsels Were Made to be Saved” is a bit on the nose, if it’s not ironic and immediately subverted by the quest steps.

  • Named after Corpsegrinder frontman? Look that’s technically correct but a pretty obscure reference. I’d say George is better known as the Cannibal Corpse frontman.

    But yeah, not great.

  • I’m guessing with this recent slew of changes, Blizzard are catering to a new audience.
    Which makes sense because they’ve already alienated most of their audience, these recent changes are just finishing the job.

    • Which is funny given that crowd they are targeting won’t actually play the game, As demonstrated by every time a company has targeted that crowd, The endeavour has failed spectacularly. That crowd loves meaningless virtue signalling but rarely if ever will pay for the products.

      • That’s what you took away from this? Rather than this being the 300th attempt at being seen to be doing something rather than fucking the deeply rooted problems in their company?

        And the amazing assumption that people who aren’t homophobes never spend money is just off the wall. Companies have been chasing the queer dollar for two decades because it’s extremely lucrative.

        • ” And the amazing assumption that people who aren’t homophobes never spend money is just off the wall.”

          How about the amazing assumption that anyone who disagrees with these changes in the past few months are automatically homophobes.

          • I’m not the one who started making vague hand waving statements about the kind of person who cares about this.

            Frankly, if you don’t care about what’s been happening, you’re not a good person. And like I said, this is blizzard being seen to do something rather than make any attempt to cut out the rot. The “type of people” you mysteriously refer to don’t want this shit. They want genuine change.

        • I didnt make anything up.

          The dev team isn’t attempting to fix deep-rooted issues withing the game (Issues they created)

          Instead, they are removing small things for the game in an attempt to virtue signal. They arent trying to fix the game to bring back the userbase that has fled to FFXIV among other games, They are performing like circus monkeys to attract what they falsely believe will make up for the millions who have left.

          • I mean, they probably need to do both. Because regardless of what they do to gameplay, I’m not touching the fucking thing again until they sort out their low-grade in-game bigotry and out of game employee abuse bullshit.

          • The video of the female fan asking about female archetypes in game, and Mr Cosby Suite himself making a sexist joke about it and everyone laughing…

            The developers got completely lambasted in the news and social media when they resurfaced a few months ago. That is the reason they are making these changes.

            Its the devs team job to fix the game, its Activisions executives job to fix the company, or do you expect a Quest Designer to walk into human resources and resolve HR complaints before changing flavour text.

            Sadly since Activision has lawyered up to counter 3 seperate court cases we shouldn’t expect any word of HR or company changes even if they are being made.

  • Another stunning and brave move from Blizzard, fixing inequality around the globe, one NPC name change at a time. Real heroes like this are what the world needs.

    I feel so safe to play WoW now that I don’t ever have to see the letters that make up “Corpsegrinder”. What a relief!!

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