Robin Williams, besides being an unparalleled comedian, Oscar nominated actor, daily entertainer of all around him, and loving father to his children, was also a huge gamer. From ‘The Legend of Zelda’ (his daughter being named after the titular character) to ‘Portal,’ to ‘Call of Duty,’ to ‘World of Warcraft,’ he loved video games, and as seen by the latter, loved the online gaming experience. In his own words during an interview with the Australian Daily Telegraph in 2011:
“It’s like cyber-cocaine, especially if you’re online playing against other people, it’s totally addictive, you get lost in the world… I remember sometimes playing so late I’d be like ‘what time is it?’ Three o’clock in the morning? I gotta stop!”
With that in mind, fans of WOW recently started a petition for Blizzard Games (the creators of WOW) to produce a tribute character to Robin Williams:
Robin Williams was born July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois and lived an extraordinary life until his untimely death on August 11, 2014. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards. Arguably one of, if not the most, funniest man to ever walk the earth, the loss of Mr. Williams is felt worldwide with a collect intake of disbelief and crushing sadness. 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 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 prefered 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.
At the time of this posting, the petition has garnered over 10,000 signatures, and according to the twitter feed of one Blizzard employee, they are “taking care of it.” This was later followed by another update from the World of Warcraft twitter feed which confirmed their plans:
.@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
The tribute will most likely end up being a non-controllable character within the game that will pay homage to Williams in some way. Whether that be through a similar look to the man, or perhaps by spouting some of his best-known dialogue/ jokes remains to be seen. It would not be the first time a WOW memorial has been seen, and the game is well known for including a lot of pop-culture references.