Even if you don’t follow World of Warcraft news closely, you’ve probably heard of Red Shirt Guy by now. Not only did I unwittingly malign the kid (along with any number of other slackjaws and neckbeards) during my liveblog of this year’s Quests and Lore Panel, he’s been featured on mainstream television programs such as Attack of the Show and The Soup. And since Youtube videos of his appearance at the convention have surpassed two million views, you could say he’s become “kind of a big deal.”
During a video response of his own — in which he definitively sounds more “normal” — he admits that he had been extremely nervous while asking his question (understandable when you’re doing so in front of thousands of people and, most likely, two of your personal heroes) and suffers from mild-to-moderate Asperger’s. Likewise, we have to confess (somewhat embarassingly) that he clearly knows his lore better than we do!
While it would be easy enough to make fun of Red Shirt Guy, and many people certainly have, it’s nice to see the community turn around and give him his due. Blizzard is no exception. In the process of admitting a fault of their own, and replacing Kurdran with Falstad in Ironforge’s throne room, they have immortalized him in-game as the NPC “Wildhammer Fact Checker.” As you can see in the picture above, he comes complete with a stylish flat-top and his (now iconic) red shirt.
We /salute you, BlizzCon Hero!