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PSA: Today’s Destiny update reboots the game world

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RollerCoaster Tycoon World screens show worlds of fun

Watching a roller coaster being built isn’t terribly exciting or pleasant, what with the loud, heavy machinery and often simple nature of the ride’s scaffolding. Thankfully, watching RollerCoaster Tycoon World be built is at least a little more…
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Someone Found A Robin Williams-Inspired Character In The Current World Of Warcraft Beta

Shortly after the tragic passing of Robin Williams, fans gathered to request that Blizzard immortalize the beloved comedian and actor. The publisher quickly told fans that it would find a place for Williams, and now he’s been found.

According to WoWHead, a large site specializing in World of Warcraft coverage, a number of Robin Williams-inspired NPCs have been located. The first found in game (and not through code mining) is a genie that shares two lines from Disney’s Aladdin (almost). A Blizzard representative has confirmed to Game Informer that the images are authentic. 

Click to enlarge. Used with permission from WowHead.

When you find the Ever-Burning Lamp on an island off the coast of Talador and rub it, you’ll see the spirited figure appear. When emerging from the lamp, he exclaims “Infinite cosmic power!” (which is close to the Genie’s “Phenomenal cosmic power!” movie quote). He quickly disappears, saying “Itty bitty living space,” another line from the movie.

Additionally, there is a cracked egg spaceship nearby. Those who remember Williams in Mork & Mindy will get the reference.

For more, including images, check out the full report at WoWHead.

[Source: WowHead]

 

Our Take
Assuming that this is accurate (and the photographic proof is compelling), Blizzard has worked quickly to fulfill its promise. It’s wonderful that they have managed to work in a number of Williams most famous roles (especially if the datamining is correct about Mork and Mrs. Doubtfire outfits). Kudos, Blizzard. 

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Sims 4 Real World: Recognizing your Joystiq in The Sims 4

From the Joystiq House confessional:

SIMS 4 JESS CONDITT: Alexander is a mostly good roommate. He’s really clean and he cooks well, but I wish he’d stop stealing my clothes. I mean, yesterday I noticed my favorite sequined club dress was missing,…
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Play all of the ‘Connected World’ Ludum Dare 30 games

But be warned: There are a lot of entries to play.

Ludum Dare 30 is in the bag, and so are a bunch of cool new games and prototypes from developers worldwide. Ludum Dare 30 includes the 48-hour Compo and the 72-hour Jam, both with the theme…
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Brainiac has the whole world in his hands in LEGO Batman 3

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Paradox reveals out of this world RTS ‘Ancient Space’

Paradox Interactive and developer Creative Forge have unveiled a game called Ancient Space that the duo describe as “a new story-driven real-time strategy game.”

As its title suggests, Ancient Space takes players to the edges of the universe….
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RollerCoaster Tycoon World screaming onto PC in 2015

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Blizzard Honors Robin Williams By Adding Him To World Of Warcraft

When reports of comedian and actor Robin Williams's death began circulating on the web yesterday, fans and fellow film stars alike took to social media to pay tribute to his life and legacy. Now, thanks to a successful petition on Change.org, the self-professed video game enthusiast will appear in Blizzard's popular MMO World of Warcraft.

Petition organizer Jacob Holgate wrote on the petition page that Blizzard employees have resolved to handle the petition's request to add Williams into the game as a non-playable character tastefully. When questioned about the petition on Twitter (before the goal of 10,000 signatures had been met), World of Warcraft technical game designer Chadd Nervig wrote, "Yes. We're taking care of it."

Blizzard later confirmed that it would be adding Williams to the game via Twitter.

Williams was best known for his comedy performances and for his roles in Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, winning an Academy Award for the latter. He was also very open about his passion for gaming, appearing in promotional videos for The Legend of Zelda and discussing his Call of Duty online matches with Jimmy Fallon.

Williams was pronounced dead yesterday, and today USA Today reports investigators have declared his death a suicide. He was 63.

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Barely Related: Terminator Genisomething, Star Wars world

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