While the world continues to come to grips with the loss of Robin Williams, celebrity/fan tributes and remembrances are popping up everywhere on the Internet. There are also quite a few real world tributes appearing at Robin Williams sites like the Mork & Mindy house, the Good Will Hunting bench, and William’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Williams was an avid gamer and the gaming community, specifically the World of Warcraft community, has started a petition to create a Robin Williams NPC tribute character in the world of WoW.
As we’ve said before, Williams was an avid gamer and we’ve all seen the series of Zelda commercials that Williams made with his daughter Zelda, who was named after the game of course. If you haven’t seen those, or just want to take a stroll back through, we’ve embedded those below. He also played a lot of World of Warcraft. A petition was started at Change.org to create a Williams WoW NPC and quickly garnered the needed 10K signatures.
Here’s the petition:
Create an NPC within World of Warcraft to memorialize the late Robin Williams, an avid World of Warcraft player, and one of the funniest men alive.
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.
When this petition was tweeted to the attention of a WoW game designer he responded with this hopeful tweet:
— Celestalon (@Celestalon) August 12, 2014
Earlier today the World of Warcraft twitter account tweeted this, which makes the upcoming Robin Williams NPC tribute official:
I can think of no more fitting a tribute to someone who loved video games as much as Williams did than to be immortalized in one of your favorite games. There’s no official word yet on how this in-game WoW tribute might take shape. Perhaps a WoW version of a Mork-Orc at the local tavern, or a Mrs Doubtfire-Gnome that cleans up after a battle, or a manic blue Draenei mage that acts like Aladdin’s Genie? What form so you think the tribute should take in WoW? Here are those Zelda commercials, I’m betting that 90% of these were ad-libbed by Williams, just sit him down with his daughter, a hand-held game, give him a topic and roll the cameras.