World of Warcraft to Memorialize Robin Williams

"You gave us so much joy in our lives, and we hope you enjoyed your time in our world," Blizzard says about the late actor who enjoyed the game; plans revealed for a Robin Williams NPC.

It was well-known that Robin Williams enjoyed video games, including MMO World of Warcraft. Now, developer Blizzard Entertainment has spoken out to pay homage to the late comedian and also reveal plans to memorialize him in the game.

"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," reads a tweet from the World of Warcraft account directed at Williams.

Blizzard's statement came after fans launched a Change.org petition calling on the developer to create a Robin Williams World of Warcraft NPC. The line "We'll see you in-game" suggests that Blizzard is in fact creating a character based on the acclaimed actor and comedian.

"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," reads a line from the petition. "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 creator of the Change.org petition, Jacob Holgate, writes that he has spoken with Blizzard about creating a Robin Williams NPC, and they have assured him that the character "will be handled with great care." We'll have more details as they become available.

Williams was found dead in his California home on Monday in an apparent suicide.

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wildekid
wildekid

Reading this thread, I think Lewis Black said it best when speaking of his recently departed friend: "It’s proof again that the good die young, and pricks live forever."

macatk78
macatk78

Gamespot, I'm not sure of the technology incorporated in this site or a forum for that matter, but this "discussion" thread has me curious if blatantly ignorant posters can be flagged somehow (not just single posts, the poster) by mods then users can toggle in their preferences to view these individuals or not in comment sections/etc. Free speech still in tact, and increase positive user experience.

bluesunmerc
bluesunmerc

Rest in Piece Robin I hope you find peace and I hope that you are now with god. I hope for peace for your family. I'm sorry that you felt this was your only choice.

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

We will miss you, so much Robin Williams. So much love, Be at Peace now. 

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Amazing how people are still glorifying this as if Robin saved a bus load of puppies and cancer kids from falling of a cliff before he killed himself.

He took the cowards way out. Any way you slice it, suicide is the ultimate selfish act. You should be feeling bad for his friends and family. Not him.

I'm sorry but I'm not gonna jump on your bandwagon and act like it was an unavoidable tragedy. People live with depression all the time, I did but that doesn't mean you end yourself because you had a bad day.

mtouchprod
mtouchprod

I don't think "see you in game" means what people think it means. I think they were just saying goodbye, not literally that they would see him, Robin Williams, inside the game itself.


neowarrior793
neowarrior793

now dont get me wrong i respect the man hes a great actor and an amazing comedian but i can't see why a comedian who can easily make people laugh and give enjoyment in everyone elses lives but cannot do it for themselves. 

i know people are just human but theres so many ways he could of helped himself and had the money to do it, not like normal everyday people. this is the thing that bugs me about the death, i wanna make it clear he's a great comedian and actor this is not disrespecting any of his achievements in his life, tro-lling or general hating of a person. i feel like he gave up when in all honesty had the power to fix himself. 

anyway RIP robin you will be missed.

SumerianDaemon
SumerianDaemon

The "coward who took the easy way out" posts are ignorant,illiterate and redneck "ish" beyond measure.I dont know if my reaction to them should be compulsive laughter or vomiting...


They really show how much ground we have to cover as a species before we finally understand that the diseases of the mind are just like the rest of them,thus meaning NOT A DECISION!


But we have centuries of fairytales about "souls",gods and the supposedly supernatural nature of the human mind to thank for that.Nobody wants to accept their thoughts are "just" ultra complicated electric signals and can simply malfunction.(Excuse any grammatical errors..english isnt my mother tongue.)

margob74
margob74

@wildekid Isnt that the truth -- my hubby just passed away July 10th of a heart attack (42) -- he was my big gaming boy -- he even had got up early that morning and was playing Dark Souls on his PS3 when his heart attack hit....but yet my loser ex who is an abusive drunk (and tried to kill himself 3 times) is still walking around...go figure

HextupleyooDOT
HextupleyooDOT

@Gravity_Slave Just because someone is praising his work or life doesn't mean they've forgotten the means of his death. People just don't choose to dwell on that. Just because his last action is somewhat selfish doesn't mean he suddenly deserves nothing but flack for it. It's an issue of focus. Focus on the good, not on the bad. Don't be a cynic.

Selfish or not, once a person is at the point of considering suicide, he is no longer in the frame of mind to be weighing pros and cons or considering rationality or logic.

If you've never been legitimately depressed or had strong impulses of suicide, you are in no position to be ridiculing or criticizing someone for being in that position and taking the "easy way out." If you think suicide is "easy," you're delusional. People deal with their problems in different ways depending on your beliefs or depending on how much the people around them are there to support them.


You can't just compare 2 people who go through difficulty and say the guy who didn't commit suicide is the better man. Life isn't black and white like that.

isv666
isv666

@Gravity_Slave I used to have a similar thought.  But then I read some discussions somewhere and got a new outlook on suicide.  Yes, it can be selfish.  But you know what else is selfish?  When someone is suffering and wants it to end, but you want them to hang around for your own personal gratification.  Absolutely it's horrible for any family or friends who have to deal with a loved one who killed themselves.  But when you're done and you reach the end of the line, why should you suffer more for them?  That's aside from a host of other mental issues that go on in the heads of those who commit suicide.


Everyone deals with depression differently.  Everyone has different levels of depression.  It's not a one-size-fits-all kind of deal.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

...and I'd like to thank the immature handful who attack(ed) me for having an opinion on this subject. The threats and insults...because as we all know, opposing a popular opinion is much worse than suicide.

(You can't see it but I'm rolling my eyes)

SambaLele
SambaLele

@Gravity_Slave Why be judgemental about his act? Maybe being judgmental about others is one of the many causes that converge into a person's life to lead to this. Plus physiology and chronic psychological issues.


One never takes his own life when in his own normal mental state. I know this, I lost a brother this way, and coroners found out that he tried to avoid death right after taking measures to die... and they also found out he wasn't lucid at the time. Basically, it wasn't a decision he'd make if sober, it wasn't a coward act, but a huge mistake he couldn't go back and repair in time to avoid the consequences...

simsumre
simsumre

@Gravity_Slave That's really the issue here, there's no sympathy for his wife (that found him) or his daughter. It's all about poor Robin. Yes he was a good man, but what he did is going to torture his family for the rest of their lives. Those are the true victims here.

simsumre
simsumre

@neowarrior793 People tend to hide behind their humor, it's an escape. Some of the most talented, brilliant people have been drunks, drugs addicts and entertainers. Tortured souls that use their talent as a coping mechanism.

ecter1216
ecter1216

@neowarrior793 Because you can see that. You dont have the mental illness. You see that same action everyday. Someone giving others advice that is breathtaking and life changing but they themselves can not follow it. 


Because of his depression, things that we see clear as ways to help himself...he could not. 

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

I love how you pretend to know everything about people. You don't. Fact is suicide is a selfish act no matter who you are.

simsumre
simsumre

@SumerianDaemon Yes put ye faith not in God but in major pharmaceutical companies making profit hand over fist "medicating" 90% of the population. We indeed do have a long way to go as a species until people finally understand that the world isn't all sunshine and rainbows filled with people with good intentions.

SambaLele
SambaLele

@Gravity_Slave "People live with depression all the time, I did but that doesn't mean you end yourself because you had a bad day."


You equal a chronic mental state to having a bad day. If that's your opinion, then it shows that it's based on bias rather than information available on the subject.

Pwnslaught
Pwnslaught

@Gravity_Slave Ironic that you call others immature yet you outright disregarded someones personal story and ignore it when other people give conflicting opinions to yours. Congratulations on rolling your eyes, you're just so very edgy.

simsumre
simsumre

@SambaLele @Gravity_Slave Which is why I believe that this man was all but heavily sedated considering he just got out of rehab and that these suicidal thoughts came from a reaction to prescription medication. But it's not about being judgmental here, he is not the victim. Family, friends and people that genuinely loved the man are the victims. The sympathy is being misplaced.

PapaRocks
PapaRocks

I read an article that it is was justified to commit suicide. Those that were against it were the selfish ones. I wish I could remember the article, but it was pretty much saying how people do not understand what they are going through. Or something...

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Exactly! Suicide is selfish. It means your only concern is your feelings and not those you will forever impact. He should have took a lesson from his own movie "What Dreams May Come" (where he suffered his wife's suicide). Ironic.

SambaLele
SambaLele

@simsumre @neowarrior793 Let me add to that: some people hide behind crime, some don't hide and commit suicide sooner rather than later. I guess "tortured souls" is just an enygma that if we still don't understand well enough to cure or prevent, surely we shouldn't judge and label negatively when the "tortured soul" has only contributed to the world with positive coping mechanisms.

SambaLele
SambaLele

@Gravity_Slave  "I love how you pretend to know everything about people. You don't. Fact is suicide is a selfish act no matter who you are."


Saying something in an absolute manner like that makes it seem that you're the one that thinks knows everything about people, or about suicide.


When actually, there are suicidals that sincerely thinks they are making a favor to others. There's no knowing what's passing inside the persons head.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@Gravity_Slave Because we are Selfish by nature. Sure we don't have to like what he did but the fact is you were not in his position so instead of saying he is selfish how about Remember him as he was a man who brought laughter to the world. Everyone does selfish things just because his was "worse" he is a bad person he was a good person who got dealt a bad hand.


simsumre
simsumre

@Gravity_Slave Especially when it's done in such a way that your wife, daughter or loved one finds you. But I honestly don't think he was in his right mind, the man just got out of rehab. God only knows what meds they had him on.

SumerianDaemon
SumerianDaemon

@simsumre @SumerianDaemon What has anything i said to do with Pharmaceutical companies or good/bad intentions?Dont mask your true intentions behind these entities against which anyone can have negative feelings.Your true enemy is science....And science is not a corporation but our collective knowledge.


p.s. I suspect you dont vaccinate too? XD (never suspected this could actually be a thingin the so called civilised world until i saw it on IFLS..Some parts of the US society must live in the middle ages...sadly)

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Yep, seems like the wrong ppl are killing themselves...

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@simsumre @SambaLele @Gravity_Slave We are not saying Poor Robin we are remembering all the good times he gave us you know like normal people do when they care about someone the fact that he touched so many lives probably helps the family feel better considering they are discussing his Parkinson's affliction with the media.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@Gravity_Slave Except we don't know everything sure we feel sorry for his family but this is also a way of honoring his memory also have you suffered what he did. Do not judge people lest you be judged. He suffered depression Anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson's.

simsumre
simsumre

@Deadlysyns87 @simsumre @SambaLele @Gravity_Slave Ask the family how they feel about the media (that's still parked outside the house in their vans) just waiting to ambush the family for an interview. Honoring the man would be demanding that these people be left alone. That's really honoring his legacy, isn't it? See but people don't think about that, it's all about Robin. And we can all sit here and circle jerk, pat ourselves on the back and think we did a good thing because we said RIP on a video game forum. It's a joke.

SambaLele
SambaLele

@simsumre @SumerianDaemon You don't notice but you're just preaching dogmas like the same North Korean state does to their own population. 


You are insulting people as cancerous and asking for their expulsion just like Fascism speech does to oppositors. Your discourse is the same one you are accusing others of. 


At last, asking for understanding is not something typical of a single political point-of-view. It's something both conservative and progressive people search for in a civilized nation, where violence and hate are not valid/ordinary instruments of power.

SambaLele
SambaLele

@simsumre @Deadlysyns87 @SambaLele @Gravity_Slave You want to blame Robin for the morbid curiosity of others?


People that are all over the family are doing something horrible, but those that are remembering him and praising him for what he was and did are doing something natural about anyone that dies.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@simsumre @Deadlysyns87 @SambaLele @Gravity_Slave Demanding anything from the media yeah go do that see how that works out for you. The fact is Robin was an amazing person who fell on hard times and until you fall on the same hard times stop judging him and stop judging us for stuff we can't control.

simsumre
simsumre

@SambaLele I do notice it, yet there's a reason behind it. Many men died to defend this nation from Fascist scum. That sacrifice is the reason we're not speaking German today. Now, not 2 generations later, a political party, which controls the nation at the moment, wants to fundamentally change America into that which we fought so hard to defend against. This is not simply differing political ideals, no civil discussion can be had. In the old days you called a Commy what IT was, today they preach in our universities. Liberalism IS a disease, it's a mental disorder. There is no discussion to be had with people like this, you simply call them scum and move on.

simsumre
simsumre

@SambaLele @simsumre @Deadlysyns87 @Gravity_Slave Again, where and when did I ever blame Robin for anything? All I said was what he did was a selfish and cowardly act, which is true. That's not me blaming him for it, God only knows his mental state at the time.

simsumre
simsumre

@Deadlysyns87 @simsumre @SambaLele @Gravity_Slave I have fallen on hard times which I've very personally went into in this thread. But you haven't read a word I've typed other than what you disagree with. I'm not judging Robin, I'm judging the act itself and the people on this bandwagon to silence anyone that doesn't sheepishly spew the same overemotional garbage over and over.

SambaLele
SambaLele

@simsumre @SambaLele @Deadlysyns87 @Gravity_Slave "Family, friends and people that genuinely loved the man are the victims."


I understood that you were saying they were the victims of what he did. Maybe you were then saying that the family is the victim of the way society overwhelms them after the fact.


Anyway, you're saying what he did was selfish and cowardly. that is assigning blame: of committing a selfish and coward act. Which it wasn't, imo.

simsumre
simsumre

@SambaLele @simsumre @Deadlysyns87 @Gravity_Slave I don't think he was in his right mind state when he committed the act, that's why I don't blame him. As I said, he just got out of rehab and was (more than likely) on some heavy medication which COULD have altered his perception to reality. These are listed side effects of anti-depressant drugs. Again, nobody wants to talk about the FACT that rehab failed him (as it does 97% of the population).


I believe the family and friends are the victims here both to this act and the overwhelming media response that just won't leave it alone. I don't blame people for showing their support, I simply believe that support is misguided and should be shown more towards the family rather than Robin himself.

SambaLele
SambaLele

@simsumre @SambaLele @Deadlysyns87 @Gravity_Slave Well, then it's all a problem of semiotics/linguistics. the way of saying things.


If you don't blame the person, but the act, I'd guess (and I assure you, I say this humbly, I hope you don't see it in any offensive way) the best thing is to say that you're sad for the family, face the fact as a disgrace, and not link the state they are now as the same one of victims of a selfish act.


That's why I asked you for the concept of victim you brought here.


I'd relate this more to victims of a natural disaster than to victims of a crime.


The case of my brother is one that helps understanding this... in a question of seconds, he wanted to go back. He couldn't. When he did it, he had just forgotten on taking the anti-depression pills he should at the time. His organism reacted in such a way in not having access to the remedy that he went in a spiral downwards way worse then he would if he never took the medication to begin with. If we are to land blame here... you could point the medication, the company behind it, the person that should ensure that he wouldn't forget to take the medicine, the family, the friends, his childhood traumas that results from various experiences with society... the sad fact of being born with a hormonal disfunctional metabolism ... the causes are too many, and the contributing factors too numerous, and the time the person managed to cope with a chronic mental disease too significant for us to confortably point a finger and say "coward". that's all I'm saying. We can agree to disagree, and I thank you for the thoughful, civilized conversation.