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Robin Williams, An Avid Gamer, To Be Remembered In World Of Warcraft

NPR | Aug. 14, 2014 8:56 p.m.

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Steve Mullis

Robin Williams and daughter Zelda Williams play the Nintendo DS in an image from a promotional video. Williams, an avid gamer, passed away earlier this week.

Robin Williams and daughter Zelda Williams play the Nintendo DS in an image from a promotional video. Williams, an avid gamer, passed away earlier this week.

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Robin Williams, the late comedic actor who passed away earlier this week, was well known for his offbeat characters and devotion to acting on stage, screen and on TV. But to the video game community, he was also known as an obsessive fan and a shameless advocate of video games.

Among the games he played was World of Warcraft, the massively multiplayer online game played by millions. Upon news of his passing, fans began a petition to the game’s creators, Blizzard, to memorialize Williams in the game.

The petition grew, and when asked on Twitter, World of Warcraft technical game designer Chadd Nervig responded: “Yes, we’re taking care of it.”

This was later confirmed by the official World of Warcraft Twitter account:

Williams spoke openly about his fondness of video games. Recently in Ask Me Anything on the website Reddit, he mentioned playing the games Portal and Call of Duty. Though he confessed he didn’t play the latter much online because “getting my ass kicked by an 11-year-old is very humbling.”

Most notable was Williams’ fondness for the Legend of Zelda series of games by Nintendo. He was such a fan of the game he even named his daughter after the oft-in peril princess, Zelda. Williams even went on to do promotions with Nintendo for several games in the Legend of Zelda franchise.

As he told it, Williams and his wife played the first Legend of Zelda game while his wife was pregnant with their daughter.

“It’s a sweet name and really kinda fits her, she’s really kinda magical,” he said in an interview with Jimmy Fallon in which he joked about his “cyber addiction.”

In-game memorials are not new to the World of Warcraft game, which is nearing its 10-year anniversary. It’s not clear yet how Williams will be remembered in the game, but in the past Blizzard has paid tribute to many fans who have passed away with statues, memorial sites, magical items and permanent non-player characters that persist in the game’s world.

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