Whether or not you're a gamer, you've definitely heard the name Leeroy Jenkins before. With just under 10 million views, the video is one of the most popular in YouTube history, to a point where it was even used as a question in Jeopardy.
And while very few people would have ever argued it was a video that captured reality, especially given its sarcastic undertones, its scripted nature has largely been left to speculation and fantasy.
However, the original filmmaker of the video came out of nowhere this week with a "first take/dry run" video that shows the first recording of what would eventually become the most famous World of Warcraft video ever made.
In the video everything appears fine until Leeroy makes people in chat laugh, so they decide to cut and try again. Although it's unclear how many tries it took to capture the final video, it clearly took more than once.
See for yourself:
As it turns out, the original video was a recreation of a real event. While exaggerated, a player did in-fact run around like a moron aggroing all the enemies in the area before wiping a group of frustrated guildmates.
To learn more about Leeroy Jenkins and the story behind the video, check out the short documentary below:
This revelation not all that surprising for anyone who has played World of Warcraft for any period of time. The game tends to attract its fair share of ding dongs who ruin things for everyone else.
This never before seen video was released to raise awareness of Net Neutrality, as stated in the video description:
I am releasing this never-before-seen first take/dry run of the Leeroy Jenkins video in hopes of raising awareness about Net Neutrality. I've been holding onto this for over a decade waiting for the "right" moment to make it public, and then last week Ajit Pai created his awful/condescending video and it riled me up so much that I decided it was finally time to unleash this gem of Internet history on the world to do my part to help out.
Hopefully some of you will find this interesting and/or amusing, and will take some time to research Net Neutrality and make a fuss about it.