The untimely death of comic legend Robin Williams has touched a lot of people for many various reasons. Whether they loved watching him perform in his movies, laughed at his comedy routines, or they struggle themselves from depression or substance abuse, this towering figure of our entertainment industry was an inspiration to the millions of lives he touched.
Another group of people mourning his loss for their own reasons are video gamers. Robin Williams was an outspoken fan and supporter of video games ever since he first picked up an NES back in the 1980s He was a fervent supporter of Nintendo over the years, even naming his daughter Zelda after the popular video game princess, and he frequently journeyed in Azeroth while playing World of Warcraft.
Both fans of Blizzard and Nintendo have petitioned the companies to acknowledge Williams’ love for video gaming by creating tributes in both World of Warcraft and the next Legend of Zelda video game. Naturally, because all it takes is a small update, Blizzard has responded first with a new enemy to battle against: a blue genie fittingly named “Robin the Entertainer.”
Seeing as though the next Legend of Zelda game is not due for quite some time, Nintendo will not be able to confirm anything regarding a Robin Williams tribute. It would mean that Nintendo would have to reveal more of the game than they want to at this point. However, it acknowledged the fan petition and issued a statement
“We appreciate the outpouring of support from the gaming community, and hear the request of fans to honor him in a future game. We will not be discussing what might be possible for future games during this difficult time, but we will hold our memories of Robin close.”
One can only hope that Nintendo does go through with the tribute considering Robin Williams was gracious enough to give us this touching commercial a few years ago.
I’ll just leave it at that.