Sunday, August 24

Robin Williams to be featured in WOW as an NPC

Robin Williams’ untimely death has certainly struck a chord with people all over the world, and the reactions to his apparent suicide were numerous and ran a wide gamut from rage and finger-pointing to sorrow and sympathy towards his family. Amid this controversy, Blizzard have apparently decided to pay a fitting tribute to the late comedian by including/immortalizing him in their World of Warcraft MMORPG.

According to some files picked up from the latest beta build of the game, the tribute will take the shape of an NPC, a genie, called Robin ;The Entertainer.

Since genies are capable of shape-shifting in the game, Robin, The Entertainer may take up a number of other incarnations. Popular among the players is the idea of a troll called Jumanji.

A human male may also be in the works, called Mork, as well as a female, a reference to the Mrs. Doubtfire character played by the late actor.

No actual details about any of the above said characters are yet known though. It is unclear what the NPC’s role will be, whether it will offer any quests and where exactly it’ll be located within the game world.

Fans have apparently also petitioned Nintendo to add a similar tribute to Robin Williams to its Legends of Zelda game, a petition heard, but not yet addressed by the company.

Social media has reacted in a wild and uncontrolled manner to the actor’s death, prompting his daughter to quit Twitter and Facebook to escape the slander and the unbridled abuse.

The incident elicited a response from Twitter as well. According to Del Harvey, Twitter’s vice president of trust and safety, a number of accounts have been suspended in the wake of the problems targeting Zelda Williams, and the social media site has begun a review of its policies in regards to such tragic situations.

Philip Thalberg has been part of the GosuGamers team since 2005. Gosugamers is the top destination for worldwide eSports events, news and rankings.

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