Here is something about Robin Williams that I did not know:
Robin Williams played “Portal,” and “World of Warcraft,” and “Call of Duty,” and was open about his addiction to them. “It’s like cyber-cocaine,” he told the Daily Telegraph in a 2011 interview. “Especially if you’re online playing against other people, it’s totally addictive, you get lost in the world.” And though he didn’t always play online — “because getting my ass kicked by an 11-year-old is very humbling,” as he said during his Reddit AMA — gamers harbored secret hopes of playing against him someday. “God I hope I end up playing a ‘Call of Duty’ match with you,” one user wrote, wistfully, during Williams’ Reddit AMA.
Now 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 Change.org 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.”
I often wonder if I have ever played against a celebrity in all the years I played Warcrack. I shaked that addiction after Pandaria was released, but I have far more days /played than I am comfortable admitting.