Though most everyone knows the public side of Robin Williams, from his roles in everything from Mrs. Doubtfire to Hook, there was another side that most folks didn’t get to see.
In addition to being one of our generation’s greatest actors, Williams was also a hardcore videogamer, and gaming was one of his greatest passions aside from acting. One of his favorite games? Warcraft III, and he also enjoyed being a part of the World of Warcraft MMORPG when he was able to pull off the anonymity needed to enjoy it.
So a group of fans started up a petition politely asking the game’s developer, Blizzard, to honor Williams as a non-player character (NPC) in the game as a way that “memorializes the actor/comedian.” In a nice nod, the petition also requests the character perform some of Williams's best jokes within the Worlds End Tavern, so that “he may continue making us smile long after his passing.”
We’re happy to report the folks at Blizzard are listening, and the game’s official Twitter account offered a heartfelt goodbye, noting they’d next see him in-game. It’s a sweet nod to have Williams become a part of the game he loved so much, and it's heartbreaking that it took his passing for these interesting bits of his life to come to light.
.@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
It makes us sad we’ll never get a chance to go an a quest or two with the man himself. But a Williams NPC avatar is better than nothing.