Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures released the first picture of 2016's World of Warcraft movie May 18.
The picture is of an orc named Orgrim. It looks a whole lot like an orc from World of Warcraft. So, well done, people of Industrial Light and Magic who are handling the effects.
Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon), the movie feels like it's been in the works for decades. There has so far been little word what it will entail or how the accomplished Jones will manage to squeeze 11 years of continual video gameplay into a story that will please it's millions and millions of paid subscribers.
In actuality, Ogrim is played by Pacific Rim's Robert Kazinsky. Or this normal-shaped man here:
In case you've lived underneath a rock for most your life, Leeroy Jenkins is the name of a WoW character who famously screamed out his name before charging into battle in a blazing display of unabashed recklessness, only to end up getting his entire team killed in epically ignorant fashion.
Blizzard stepped up and recognized Leeroy's fabled shamelessness several times by rewarding him an official trading card, mini figurine, and even named an achievement after him. See below.
Who might be the man behind this storied moment in WoW gaming history? Meet Ben Schulz, a Denver-based gamer who initially filmed the video with some buddies from college, never thinking it'd go anywhere. Oh, if only you'd known Schulz, if only. After the video had been online for a couple years, Schulz was formally invited to give the keynote speech at ROFLCon (been invited to speak at for three years now). Check out Schulz speaking at Blizzcon below:
Jenkins continues to find his way into various pop culture moments, even truck advertisements. Check out four such instances below. You've probably, definitely seen at least one of 'em before.
And of course, perhaps the pinnacle of Leeroy's widespread fame thus far--The Daily Show mention...Oh Leeroy, we love ya man.
I close my eyes, trying to fall asleep at night, only to be struck by a barrage of tormented images....the corpses of players lining the once busy streets of Orgrimmar. Such devastation and ruination, in such an alarmingly short period of time. Some folks found it humorous, as it was all one colossal f**king accident. For those unaware, here's what you need to know about the 'Corrupted Blood' incident in World of Warcraft:
The Corrupted Blood Incident began on September 13, 2005 and went on for one week. The epidemic took root in the intro of a new raid Zul'Gurub and its end boss Hakkar the Soulflayer. Whattup Hakkar:
If you attacked Hakkar he'd cast a hit-point draining, debuff spell called 'Corrupted Blood' that was highly contagious, on players.
Now this is where it gets interesting in our little story...
The spell which was only intended to last a few seconds and STAY in Zul'Gurub ended up being spread by way of pets and minions well outside Zul'Gurub. And thus the pandemic was underway--both low and high level players were instantaneously 'rekt' by this curse that massively altered traditional gameplay.
Players tried everything...quarantines, straight up abandoning zones, but nothing worked until a series of new patches/updates were implemented. Pretty damn funny, pretty damn annoying. So pour one out today for the brave souls lost in The Great Plague of Zul'Gurub!
Until this point in time I had no idea just how much my life was lacking in color until The Blind Editor masterfully spliced together two of the arguably best videos on YouTube to date. And the original Leeroy Jenkins video below for those of you that might be like me now, craving a trip down memory lane. Long live, LEEROY!