Sunday, April 6, 2014

Leeroy Jenkins (Alright... Let's Do This!)

This is nearly ten years old, but I came across it again recently and thought I'd post it.
For many (particularly MMPORG players) it is part of internet history.

I'll let Wikipedia explain this better, since I'm not an MMPORG person myself.

"The video... features a group of World of Warcraft players discussing a detailed battle strategy for the next encounter while one of their party members, Leeroy, is away from his computer. Their risky plan is needed specifically to help Leeroy, yet is ruined when Leeroy returns and, ignorant of the strategy, immediately charges headlong into battle shouting his own name in a stylized battle cry. His companions rush to help, but Leeroy's actions ruin the meticulous plan, and all of the group members are killed."

 Here's the original video:

It fascinates me that there is someone on hand who can do a quick number crunch (aka probability of success) for the plan (and calculate it to 32,33%).

The video became a viral hit within the WoW community and beyond, and spawned various parodies and reproductions.

I particularly like the one below, which features former football player (and for more than a decade now actor) Vinnie Jones.

Oh well... at least he had chicken (or he ain't chicken) (both work).

Update! (25/4/14)

Even the US Air Force uses it when a rescue mission is required.

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