Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Robin Williams Officially Honored In World of Warcraft

Robin Williams
Image courtesy of PA Images/Yuki Mok/PA Archive
Following the passing of actor and comedian Robin Williams earlier this week, tributes have poured in across the globe, and across all forms of media, from career retrospectives on television to celebrities tweeting and writing essays on Facebook. The most surprising tribute to Robin Williams so far though is one announced by Blizzard earlier yesterday evening: Robin Williams will be immortalized as an NPC in World of Warcraft.

Williams was an avid video game player, counting Call of Duty, Wizardry, Half-Life and the Portal series among his favorites. He also was way into the lore behind the Warcraft franchise, especially of Warcraft 3's single player campaign. Acording to a petition by WoW players addressed to Blizzard campaigning for a tribute to Williams to be put in the game, he had a character on the Mannoroth server, and "was something of a troll in trade on good days or when anonymity allowed..." him the luxury of tweaking players in the chat channel. The petition went on to request that Blizzard honor the comedian's love for the game and its lore by memorializing him in the game as a non-player character.

A little more than a day later, Technical Game Designer Chadd Nervigg announced on Twitter that Blizzard was working on it.

In that vein, a similar petition has been addressed to Nintendo, asking that a character in the upcoming Legend of Zelda game for the WiiU have a character named "Robin" in tribute. This request might not be as out of left field as you think. While Williams was an avid PC game player, he was also an ardent fan of Nintendo's Legend of Zelda series-- so much so that he named his daughter, Zelda Williams, after Princess Zelda. He even appeared in 2 advertisements for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS alongside his daughter:

As of this writing, the petitions had nearly 6,000 signatures.

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