Thursday, August 14, 2014
Robin Williams will be immortalised as a character in the popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game World Of Warcraft, after a petition attracted almost 11,000 signatures.
The 63-year-old comedian, who died on Tuesday, was said to be an avid player of the game.
Jacob Holgate's petition on change.org, titled "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.", has attracted 10,975 signatures, and crucially, the attention of World Of Warcraft creator Blizzard.
The petition stated: "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."
The official World Of Warcraft twitter account, with more than 530,000 followers, then tweeted confirmation:
.@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.
— World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) August 13, 2014