Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spock Online Memorial

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In honor of Leonard Nimoy's passing last week, the popular Star Trek Online multi-player game has added a couple of memorial statues into its environments so that fans can come by and pay their respects while playing.

Based on where our community chose to congregate and pay their respects, we will be replacing the central structure on the fountain on Vulcan with a stone statue of Spock with the inscription “Live Long and Prosper." We will be adding the same statue to New Romulus with the inscription “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”, as building toward Romulan and Vulcan reunification was one of Spock’s great life works. The Romulan Republic would not exist without his teachings.

One on Vulcan...

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And one on New Romulus...

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They are also placing memorial plaques around for the other Star Trek family members who have passed.

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Nimoy also provided voice work for the game not just as Spock, but as a narrator as well, providing a small description of a new region of space whenever a player entered it for the first time. Here is a short video released when the game came out in 2010.

I think it's a pretty cool way for fans to interact with the passing of a fictional character within the "reality" of the world in which that character lived.

I may just have to start participating in this free online game/world.

It looks and sounds....fascinating.

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