Fans, friends and colleagues are still mourning the great Leonard Nimoy, who passed away last week at the age of 83, and we'll likely keep mourning him. Nimoy was more than an actor, a director, a photographer and patron of the arts. He was an icon and an inspiration for legions of fans, and will remain one for generations to come ... so it's no surprise that tributes to the man and his work are still pouring in.
Shortly after Nimoy's passing, players of the MMORPG Star Trek Online began flocking to the game's version of Vulcan to pay their respects, and it was quickly announced that developers were building an in-game memorial to Nimoy, and to Spock, that would stand as a permanent digital tribute. Star Trek Online executive producer Steve Ricossa announced that the memorial would arrive on Thursday, March 5, and now we get to see what Star Trek Online cooked up to honor Nimoy.
It turns out Nimoy and Spock won't be honored in just one Star Trek Online location, but in several. Today, the game unveiled statues of Spock, in traditional Vulcan robes and giving the Vulcan salute, on both Vulcan and New Romulus, a world he helped make possible. The Vulcan statue bears the inscription "Live Long And Prosper," while the New Romulus statue is inscribed with "The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few." Both will serve as towering reminders of the man and the character, but even that's not the extent of Star Trek Online's tribute to Nimoy.
"Through the next week we will also hang black flags of mourning in Earth Spacedock, Qo'noS, and New Romulus, so everyone that passes through those hubs will know we have lost someone important to us all," Ricossa said in a post on the Arc Games site.
In addition to the flags, Nimoy's name was also placed on memorial plaques that will exist permanently in Earth Spacedock, Qo'noS, and New Romulus, but he won't be alone there. The plaques are also inscribed with the names of his original series collaborators who passed before him: James Doohan (Scotty), DeForest Kelley (Bones), creator Gene Roddenberry and Roddenberry's wife Majel Barrett, who co-starred as Christine Chapel on the original Star Trek series and played a role in every incarnation of Star Trek until her death in 2008.
"In this small way, we hope to honor the memory and contribution of those who helped shape Star Trek into the cultural touchstone it is today," Ricossa wrote.
So, if you happen to be cruising across the galaxy in Star Trek Online, take a moment to visit these memorials. And even if you don't, you can check them out in the gallery below.
(Via Arc Games)