Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! This week, there’s been even more discussion of angry fans and the “toxic fandom” issue, so we’re going to take a look at three stories that explore different elements of this topic.
Gamers are upset over recent plot developments in the MMORPG World of Warcraft. (Warning for spoilers at the links in this section.) This week, it was revealed that instead of occupying the world tree Tel’drassil as planned, Horde Warchief Sylvanas burned it out of spite, leading to the deaths of hundreds of civilians. As PC Gamer explains, this “is easily the most controversial moment in World of Warcraft’s history.” Because of a statement from game director Ion Hazzikostas that the world of the game is “a world of grey, it’s never been a world of black and white,” players had expected more nuance behind this event. When that turned out not to be the case, people were angry. (more…)