World of warcraft changed the alias of the non-playable character (NPC) Gorge the Corpsegrinder, named after the leader of Cannibal Corpse, due to homophobic slurs he made in a 2007 interview about the game.
According to Dexerto, several World of warcraft Fans and gamers began rallying for Gorge the Corpsegrinder’s removal from the game in September of this year. “So when is Blizzard going to remove Gorge the Corpsegrinder, a character named after a prominent Horde player who hurled homophobic slurs and death threats at Alliance / Night Elf players on the BlizzCon scene? ” one user wrote on Twitter.
The remarks were made by Corpsegrinder, real name George Fisher, during a 2007 interview, which can be heard in the video below. The comments were originally broadcast during the BlizzCon 2011 event, hosted by World of warcraft developer Blizzard Entertainment.
The then president and co-founder of the company, Michael Morhaime, immediately apologized in response, but the company has not made any changes to the NPC so far.
The PRP reports that Blizzard Entertainment and Activision are currently facing harassment and discrimination complaints, such as a lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which claims the company has a “frat boy culture” that is a âbreeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women.
Therefore, Blizzard Entertainment and Activision are actively looking for ways to deal with characters in their games who have connections to people who have made offensive comments. Gorge the Corpsegrinder’s name has been changed to Annihilator Grek’lor.
Although he is the singer behind songs such as “Sentenced to Burn” and “I Will Kill You”, Fisher also has a selfless side. For example, he donates the toys he wins from claw machines and carnivals to various children’s organizations.
We have contacted Fisher for comment.