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Gamers pay tribute to Robin Williams

Published 5:07pm Saturday, August 16, 2014

The world mourned Robin Williams’ death last week.

While many will remember Williams for his incredible comedic and dramatic gifts — I really loved him in “Hook” and “Jumanji” as a child — he will also undoubtedly be remembered as a champion and advocate of video games.

Williams was an early adopter when it came to gaming. He named his daughter, Zelda, after the eponymous princess from “The Legend of Zelda” series of games, and both starred in a commercial for Nintendo to promote a remake of “The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time.” He is also rumored to have named his son, Cody, after the lead character from “Final Fight.”

He reportedly enjoyed online games like “World of Warcraft” and PC titles like “Half-Life” and “Portal” as well. Williams was also a huge fan of shooters like “Battlefield 2,” the “Call of Duty” series and more.

Gamers took note of it. Williams was open about his love of gaming, comparing online games to “cyber-cocaine” in an interview with the Daily Telegraph in 2011. He performed at the 2006 Electronics Entertainment Expo and even demonstrated “Spore,” an EA god-game where you can create all sorts of interesting creatures. Williams also raved about his love for games during a Reddit Ask Me Anything online discussion last year.

Already, gamers are trying to find ways to pay tribute to Williams. A Change.org petition to make Williams an NPC within “WoW” garnered almost 11,000 signatures within a day and developer Blizzard is rumored to have already agreed to the request. In addition, many online communities dedicated to “The Legend of Zelda” games are discussing ways to donate to Williams’ charities or petition Nintendo to honor Williams in a future game.

Williams’ death has been felt particularly hard by the millions of people who enjoyed his work over the years. He was a wonderful performer and, by many accounts, a great human being. Though his struggles with depression and subsequent suicide are a serious and sad affair, it’s nice to know Williams will be remembered for more than just the way he died.


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