Robin Williams was an avid World of Warcraft fan, and Blizzard has agreed to fan requests that he be memorialised in the MMORPG.
Williams was reported dead yesterday at the age of 63. In the wake of the news, Over 10,000 gamers signed a Change.org petition requesting he be memorialised as an NPC in World of Warcraft.
The request isn’t as random as it might seem; Williams told press he enjoyed both Warcraft 3 and World of Warcraft, and anecdotes suggest the beloved actor and comedian often played on the Mannoroth server, where he was known as “something of a troll” – affectionately. Williams often spoke of his love for gaming and his serious approach to it, and joked that he was addicted to World of Warcraft in particular.
“We the players of World of Warcraft are asking Blizzard to kindly create an NPC within the game that memorializes the actor/comedian,” the petition said.
“Many have expressed a wish to this character perform some of Williams best jokes within the Worlds End Tavern, so that he may continue making us smile long after his passing.”
When fans asked technical game designer Chadd Nervigg whether Blizzard had seen the petition, his response seemed to confirm the developer will fulfil the request.
— Celestalon (@Celestalon) August 12, 2014
That’s just lovely. GG, Blizzard.
Williams also loved The Legend of Zelda, and named his daughter after the series. This beautiful series of Nintendo commercials captures their relationship to each other and the games in a very poignant way.