Robin Williams touched millions of lives with his movies and stand-up comedy, but he also has a special place in the hearts of gamers.
Williams was a big fan of video games. He even named his children after video game characters. His daughter Zelda was named after, well, Zelda, and his son Cody was named after a character in the game Brawler.
Well, it looks like the gaming community wants to give something back to Robin Williams. A petition was started on Change.org, urging Blizzard, the creators of World Of Warcraft, to create a tribute in the game for the late actor.
The petition reads: “Robin Williams was not only an excellent comedian but also a game enthusiast, he said that he enjoys Warcraft III very much in an interview a few years ago, and was even apart of the MMORPG [massively multiplayer online role-playing game] World of Warcraft. It was reported that Robin used to play on the Mannoroth server, and was something of a troll in trade on good days or when anonymity allowed. Mr. Williams said in interviews that he took his World of Warcraft characters very serious – in fact he was well known for being an extreme PC builder who preferred to build his own overclocked and super-cooled systems. He often joked about his WoW addiction but also about the reactions he’d get from other gamers when he admits he plays the game. Because of his presence within our community, we the players of World of Warcraft are asking Blizzard to kindly create an NPC within the game that memorializes the actor/comedian. 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.”
More than 10,000 people have signed the petition and it looks like Blizzard is up for to the task. The company didn’t say exactly how it would pay tribute to Robin Williams but it did say that something was in the works.
.@robinwilliams Thank you. You gave us so much joy in our lives, and we hope you enjoyed your time in our world. We’ll see you in-game.
— World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) August 13, 2014
We don’t know how Robin Williams will appear in the new game but this is a pretty cool gesture by Blizzard. The actor impacted so many people’s lives through his movies but he also reached people on a personal level. So many stories are being shared this week by celebrities, friends, families and fans that show how Robin Williams was a genuinely kind person.