Robin Williams’ secret life as a video gamer: The online gaming community mourns one of its own

Like them, Williams was a video game obsessive for whom fantasy was a welcome retreat from the world VIDEO



‘… players might just stumble across Williams in a game after all. The idea to memorialize Robin Williams as a “World of Warcraft” Non-Player Character was born in a “World of Warcraft” forum on Monday night, and within hours, a petition had been created to do just that. The petition contextualizes Williams firmly within the gaming community, not as a celebrity, but as one of them: “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. … 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 [that] this character perform some of Williams’ best jokes within the World’s End Tavern, so that he may continue making us smile long after his passing.”

The petition ballooned to almost 9,000 signatures by this morning, and rumors are swirling that the “WoW” powers-that-be have already approved the request. “Celestalon has seen the petition and has been quoted as saying ‘We’re taking care of it,’” wrote the petition organizer…’

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