Remembering Robin Williams: The Gamer

Tragic news coming out today as Robin Williams has passed away. The comedian was 63 years old and was found dead in an suspected suicide. According to his media representative, “he has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

We can’t begin to express our sadness at this sudden loss. Williams was a staple for many of our childhoods, having appeared in such classics as Good Morning, Vietnam, Hook and Mrs. Doubtfire. While his contributions to film the past four decades can never be denied, to us he was more than an actor; he was a fellow gamer.

“I remember playing sometimes until and all of a sudden it would be like ‘what time is it? Oh three o’ clock in the morning” Williams once stated. “I would get so anxious after playing a game; sometimes when I was on a movie set, I’d play a game in-between takes.”

Williams was truly a hardcore gamer, comparing the medium to “cyber cocaine,” and commonly played Warcraft 3, Half-Life and Battlefield. He would frequently joke about his time online with Call of Duty. In fact, he went so far was to name two of his children after video game characters — daughter Zelda (The Legend of Zelda) and son Cody (Final Fight.) He even appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D  and Skyward Sword commercials with his daughter.

Keep on gaming, Robin; wherever you are.