The Gaming World Set to Pay Tribute to Robin Williams With World of Warcraft NPC

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As the world mourns the death of one of its finest entertainers, Robin Williams’ love for videogames is set to manifest in another type of tribute: a non-playable character in Blizzard’s hugely popular MMO, World of Warcraft.

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams at the Prime Time Emmys in 2013 - Getty/Kevin Wilson

Of course, Williams is well known for gifting many brilliant characters to film and TV, but his love for gaming made him even more of a cult hero in the videogame community – a kind of cultural vanguard for the medium. 

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“.@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,” read an official Tweet from the World of Warcraft account, confirming that – after calls for it to happen from fans – Williams will be remembered with a special character in-game. Williams spoke about his love for gaming in a Reddit AMA, which has been the focus of attention since his untimely death by suicide on August 12. He mentioned playing the critically acclaimed Portal series, as well as the blockbuster Call of Duty Franchise. 

But it was The Legend of Zelda that really captured his attention; he even named his daughter after the titular princess after his son suggested it. "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 "cyberaddiction."

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His most notable public display of affection for gaming was in the Nintendo DS advert for the Zelda game, Four Swords, in which his daughter co-stars. They play the multiplayer portion of the game only for the late actor to lose. The forfeit: shave his magnificent beard off.


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Robin was an incredibly gifted performer and brought unending joy and laughter to this world for many decades. How tragic that he struggled to find that joy within himself. No addict is a stranger to darkness and depression and Robin’s death is a painful reminder of this fact. I am so sorry he was not able to find the help and hope he needed to overcome his pain. I wish his family peace and healing. As an addiction survivor myself I have known the feeling of hopelessness. Through my 30 years of struggle I have "cracked the code" and learned to help other suffers tap into the underlying cause of what torments them and rebuild with a new outlook on life. It is only then that one can be free of addiction. As addicts will do even if they are sober for 20 years, as Robin at one point was, they will trade off addiction and obsessions in order to cope with the deep, soulful turmoil that plagues them if they never address it head on. It is my true hope that this tragic scenario will turn positive by creating a forum for people to openly talk about these issues and to seek help. “Love Notes From Hell: Stories of Hopeless Addiction, Obsessions and Recovery” due October 14, 2014.

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