Petition organizer Jacob Holgate’s reasoning for wanting Williams memorialized in this way included Williams’ self-professed addiction to WoW:
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 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.
Within 24 hours, the petition amassed nearly eleven thousand signatures and when the petition was brought to WoW’s technical game designer Chadd Nervig’s (aka “Celestalon”) attention last night, he responded with news fans should be happy to hear:
— Celestalon (@Celestalon) August 12, 2014
Whether he becomes a tavern comedian or gets an epic shrine (above) like that of Blizzard artist Michael Koiter (who died suddenly from unexpected heart failure at age 19 in 2004), it’s good to know Williams will forever be a part of something he loved so much.
My wish for the NPC is it bears a slight resemblance to Peter Pan and runs around yelling “Bangarang!” What do you think Williams’ memorial in the game should look like?
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