Prejudice Doesn’t Pay
The last two evenings have closed with me watching the famed Leeroy Jenkins battle on YouTube and laughing. Before yesterday, I didn’t even know who Leeroy Jenkins was.
How did I miss such an old and wide-spread Internet phenomenon? Prejudice! I’m biased against video games, thanks to their habit of sucking entire days of my life away. It’s been almost a decade, but I still feel the sting with how fleeting my reign on the Wetrix Top Ten Board was in our apartment. I spent days taking the entire list over. Ryan Schutt eradicated me within a few hours and didn’t even break a sweat. That memory of my own futility was so persistant that even when Discover Magazine pointed out the benefits of video games, my stereotypes stood firm.
And so, I’m certain when Leeroy Jenkins first found his way to me, I took one look at all those players strategizing, rolled my eyes and thought, “What the hell is this crap?!?” before closing the window.
And look at what laughter my bigoted ways deprived me.
At least I have chicken.