Remembering Robin Williams
On August 11th, actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away to the shock of his fans around the world. But he was more than just an actor and comedian; and gamers knew a very different side of Robin. Such an avid fan and supporter of the gaming industry and community he was, even finding himself so enamored with the game Zelda that he named his daughter, Zelda Williams, after it. While celebrities are just people like the rest of us, sometimes even the death of someone many have never met has an echoing impact which was very much the case in the passing of Williams.
While many groups have been trying to raise awareness about depression in his wake, others have wanted to take it further. They would rather remember Robin as he lived than how he died. Tributes have sprung up all over the internet, from highlights of his funniest moments to real tear-jerkers that put everything in perspective. Gamers have been chanting for tributes for him as well. Blizzard Entertainment appears to be the first to formally answer the call, bringing several references of Williams to the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor.
While their may be more still yet to be added, currently in the beta players have found an eggshell ship, referencing Mork and Mindy. Toys strewn around the ship are a possible reference to Toys, and most notable is a genie NPC who says, "Infinite cosmic power!" before shrinking and saying, "Itty bitty living space", which is of course is in reference to his character Genie in Aladdin. Did I mention this genie is also named Robin the Entertainer?