Gamers Want Robin Williams Tributes in 'Zelda,' 'World of Warcraft'

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Gamers have put their weight behind a pair of petitions asking two of the largest gaming companies in the world to honor the late Robin Williams, who was an avid gamer in life. Williams loved Nintendo's "Legend of Zelda" series from its very beginning — enough to name his daughter after Princess Zelda. A petition to Nintendo with over 100,000 signatures asks the company to include the actor and comedian in the new "Zelda" game, if only in name. The company issued a statement acknowledging the request and saying Williams was "loved at Nintendo," but declined to make any promises, saying only that "we will hold our memories of Robin close."

Another petition had better success: 10,000 gamers signed this one to Blizzard, creator of the immensely popular online RPG "World of Warcraft," to memorialize Williams in-game, noting that he was a dedicated player and had many fans in the game world. Blizzard responded quickly, announcing at an event last week that an in-game tribute is forthcoming, but "we're just thinking about the appropriate and right way to do it."



—Devin Coldewey