Tuesday, July 21, 2009

So Remember that War Craft Freakout?

I was going to write about sexual predators underneath a bridge in Miami (and I will), but first I found something that had to be posted first. A few weeks back, David made a post about kid who had an unbelievably violent freak out after his mom cancelled his warcraft account. He tried to stick a remote in his ass. It was so out of control people wondered whether it was staged, as has happened to be the case with many an over-the-top web phenom.

Matt Lindeboom said...
I'm really wondering whether or not this was staged. The remote in the ass was, well, bizarre.

Wow I am... yeah.

JUNE 23, 2009 12:48 PM
Jason Heat said...
I also watched this and had to think it was staged - the timing of everything seems a bit too 'perfect'

JUNE 23, 2009 1:28 PM
David Pratt said...
The thought that it had been staged crossed my mind, but two things keep me from invalidating it entirely.

1) The way it is set up is ridiculously embarassing for the kid in question. Being put on like it is, presented as real, I can't imagine an apparantly junior high/high school-age kid willingly subjecting himself to being seen that way.

2) Dennis's comment points out the validity of the video regardless of source. People are dying, killing themselves, and engaging in illicit sexual activity for video games. Staged or not, the video is far from inaccurate.

JUNE 23, 2009 1:31 PM
Jstone said...
I'm gonna have to agree with Matt/Jason.

I mean i've done weird shit in a tantrum but the hiding in the closet and the remote up the ass. The seemless transition from little brother, to tantrum, and back to little brother. Its like they have stage cues. And the fact that you hear some guy yell and then suddenly the whole thing stops. Suspicious.

PS- my confirmation word for this post was "subjewuw" just strikes me as weird

Anyway, here seems to be some proof that it was staged. Another freak out video:

The senior editor of Videogum.com said,

"You know that kid who posted a video on-line about a month ago of his brother having a freakout because their mom suspended his World of Warcraft account? Well, that was a pretty good freakout, sure, but since then the two of them have posted four more freakouts. FAKE."

Thanks to Boing Boing for the scoop.


Max Nova said...

Without trust in the internet what do we have left? I'm just going to start doing my blog posts by carrier pigeon. It's the only uncorruptable medium.

David Pratt said...

It was established in the original comment thread that this was fake, and also why the concept behind it was still valid.

Stephen said...

This freaking post is freaking great.

Matt Lindeboom said...

@David - Right. The status of the video doesn't affect the content of what you wrote about. Your point remains. My mother just told me a story about a woman she knows who's ex-husband is citing the amount of time she spends on Second Life as a reason for their divorce.

Whether real or not, the original freak out reflected an extreme kind of behavior that exists. That fact is what makes the video I just posted rather weak comparatively.

I'm just relieved to finally confirm that no one would actually try to stick a remote in their bum out of anger.

David Pratt said...

It IS comforting to have that confirmed.

Scotty said...

I have nothing to contribute except that my confirmation word for this post was "juggator"