So, yeah. Leeroy Jenkins.
When my kids go out into the world, I want them to be savy in terms of things everyone should know in gaming. Will I get all the memes and tropes and major series and everything else that falls in that list? No. But I’m going to try really hard. I’ll post occasionally about the stuff I expose them to just so they know what it is. It doesn’t mean I will let them play the games that some of these things come from, but I don’t want to throw them out in the world ignorant of the ways people behave in games. Such as they need to know what spawn camping is and how to get around it if it happens to them. That way they don’t fall prey to the trolls of the world. Hopefully they won’t become the trolls of the world either. We work on that, too.
So here’s the one I told them about two nights ago at dinner. Now Leeroy Jenkins is funny as hell. And he spawned a lot of Internet memes and things we say around the house. At diner that night, we happened to be having chicken. Which is what caused the to need to pull up the video and show it to the kids. You’ll need to watch the video all the way to then end to understand. We don’t let the kids play World of Warcraft, but we do talk about it frequently enough for them to know it’s an MMORPG. The youngest may end up wanting to play someday because of the panda race in the game. My personal feeling is that some of the worst gamer attitudes are found in this game so you have to be careful, but that’s a discussion for another day. Today we’re talking about chicken. And what not to do in a party. And I’m not just talking about Leeroy. He was AFK, and the party knew it. What is funny is all the intense planning and number crunching, the fact that the party was small compared to the enemies they faced, and of course what Leeroy does when he returns (and what he yells). Please watch the video. It’s over ten years old, but it’s still a great example of how things can go south fast. Content warning: the guys in the video are adults and had been drinking. Their language is NSFW