Shortly after the sad passing of legendary actor, comedian and avid PC gamer Robin Williams, the gaming community got together and created a petition asking Blizzard to memorialize him in some way in the popular MMO game World of Warcraft.
Robin Williams often commented on his PC gaming, his WOW addiction, and building his own PC.
Here’s the details of the petition on change.org:
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.
A response was sent shortly by Celestalon via Twitter, a technical Game Designer on World of Warcraft saying “We’re taking care of it”. What exactly this means is unknown, but we can expect that WOW will pay some form of tribute to the beloved actor.
It’s worth noting that World of Warcraft not only contains a ton of pop culture references, but also has included memorials for real-life people before.