Star Trek Online players request in-game Spock memorial

Saddened by the passing of Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy this morning, players of Cryptic StudiosStar Trek Online MMORPG have petitioned the game’s creators for a memorial to Spock.

Amidst threads grieving for the loss of an actor dear to the franchise, player horseshoestables posted,

Today I hope [Nimoy’s] family finds condolence in knowing how much [he] touched so many across many generations with the love of Star Trek. […] I am asking that Star Trek Online create a new mission for all characters across all factions that is dedicated to Mr. Nimoy and, sadly, brings a close to Spock’s life in the Trek Universe. I know that it is a costly endeavor, but believe it is only fitting and respectful, given that the man did a great deal of voice overs for this great game and has been a source of inspiration from youth to philosophers. Please consider this request and may Mr. Spock find peace in the ending of his long life.

Other players have requested a memorial “floating outside of Vulcan spacedock.”

We’ll keep you posted on how Cryptic and PWE respond (and we’re pretty darn sure they will if they can, legally). Similar requests made by World of Warcraft players after the death of WoW fan and actor Robin Williams last year were met with an in-game tribute from Blizzard.

Update: The official STO Twitter account just posted, “Join your fellow STO players as we unite on Vulcan to mourn the passing of a legend on many worlds, & pay our respects.”

Update #2: Cryptic and PWE have posted the following message to fans.

The Star Trek Online team is saddened to hear of the passing of Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy.

As an actor, Mr. Nimoy helped define Trek from its first days. Spock was simultaneously an outsider and a member of the inner circle, an alien and the most human of all. As a writer and director, he shaped some of the Enterprise’s most memorable adventures. Outside of Star Trek, he was a teacher, a poet, an artist and a father.

We were honored to have Mr. Nimoy as part of Star Trek Online. He helped us announce the development of STO at the Las Vegas convention in 2009, and returned to portray Spock again in the game itself. The few hours we were able to spend talking to him about Star Trek, its meaning and the impact Trek has had on its fans are something we will always treasure.

Today we honor Mr. Nimoy’s legacy and extend our condolences to his family, his friends and his fans.

To absent friends …

A Massively OP reader named Robin has kindly sent us this image of the in-game vigil.

LLAP, Spock.

[Source: Obituary, STO forums, STO Twitter]
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social_crime
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social_crime

According to all the huge things he did in Trek lore, shouldn’t he have had one already?

Loyheta
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Loyheta

This is a must :'(

JohnLogsdon
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JohnLogsdon

They should create a location where they have statues of all the original cast that have passed away. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor them all. Imagine walking among larger than life statues of each of them (like the statues in Stormwind in WoW). If you click on the plaque on each one it will have the character and actors name and their birth and death date and maybe a small memorable quote from their role “Damn it Jim….”  or “I’m giving her all I’ve got Captain”

Kageokami
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Kageokami

I support efforts for an in game memorial to Leonard Nimoy! ;)

Rebel Engie
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Rebel Engie

I remember when they added the Spock narration to STO … it was the most amazing thing ever.
In fact, that’s when I thought “yeah, this might just become a StarTrek MMO”.

Armsman
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Armsman

Controlyourself  Nice to see the STO Dev team make a good (and fitting) decision.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Controlyourself 
“To that end, the Star Trek Online team will implement a standing in-game
memorial to Spock and Leonard Nimoy this Thursday March 5th with our regular
weekly maintenance.
In this way, we hope to keep his memory as alive in
our game as he is in all of our hearts.”

Make it so!

mysecretid
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mysecretid

bossrprouse Wratts 
Thanks for the clarification, boss. Much appreciated.
Cheers,

Gylnne
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Gylnne

Controlyourself Wonderful to hear, thank you.

Controlyourself
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Controlyourself
DanielReasor
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DanielReasor

I wonder if a better place for a memorial might be New Romulus.  It’s a location that can be visited by any faction, and Spock and the Romulans were associated with one another in The Next Generation (D’Tan appears as a child in Nimoy’s two-part episode), and in the first of Abrams’ movies.

Gylnne
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Gylnne

karmamule “yes I’m a bit older than most here”
Most yes but there are some of us old folks here with you.:)

EO_Lonegun
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EO_Lonegun

Darkdrakke I created a new Federation captain a couple of weeks ago. When the intro cut-scene started with Leonard’s voice-over played I got goose bumps.

Darkdrakke
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Darkdrakke

A Sad Day. Wonder if the Big Bang will do anything? i can see the gang having a total breakdown. This has inspired me to give STO a 2nd Look if to only take part in the vigil and here Spocks Voice in the VO.

flatline4400
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flatline4400

View post on imgur.com


20 instances on vulcan (50 person limit).  People just talking about him.  Pretty touching.

Loopstah
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Loopstah

Sad, sad day… A manager even interrupted out meeting today to announce the news to everyone, which is i guess one of the perks working in technology field.
We lost a great one today..

karmamule
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karmamule

I grew up relatively isolated on a house near a lake in Minnesota in a small farming community of 500 people.  Not a lot of peers, and I learned to play alone and use my imagination.  Some of my earliest memories are playing Star Trek.  IMy first show I remember watching on TV: Star Trek.  My Dad and I were watching FIRST RUNS of the show (yes I’m a bit older than most here) and even at 4 years old I loved the show.

Thank you Mr. Nimoy for being a part of what shaped me and made me into the person I am today.  You brought Spock to life and for that I’m forever grateful.  But, I also won’t forget your portrayal of the self-help guru in the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, or your all-to-brief appearances on Fringe.  From the deepest parts of my mind and spirit, I’m grateful.

davidjames79
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davidjames79

LLAP

captainzor
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captainzor

I think they should detonate a few genesis torpedoes in some nebulae in his honor.

DanielReasor
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DanielReasor

Sixcess Feydakin 
I like “You have been our friend.  We are, and always will be yours.”  Nimoy’s final tweet is pretty poignant too, though.

Peregrine_Falcon
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Peregrine_Falcon

To not create and place a memorial to Spock and Leonard Nimoy on Vulcan would be… illogical.
LLAP Mr. Nimoy.

captainzor
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captainzor

Feydakin damn, amazing timing and words to echo a life worth such remembrance.  LLAP!

DanielReasor
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DanielReasor

The crowd may look small in that shot, but the server cluster was running a couple dozen instances of Planet Vulcan in order to manage incoming traffic when I was there.  That was around 1 PM Eastern, while a lot of US players were still at work or school.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Feydakin 
Although humans are not Vulcans…but that’s the most logical thing one can say when it is their last words. Incredibly poignant.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

*Forms pigtails into a Vulcan hand symbol* :(

Vexia
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Vexia

I hope Leonard Nimoy’s family, friends, and fans can find some peace of mind in that his was a life that helped make so many others better over many years, and doubtless will continue to do so as part of his legacy. What more can a person ask for? I definitely think STO will make an in-game memorial of some sort, both to the character of Spock and the artist who gave him life. It would be wrong if they didn’t.

JekharM
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JekharM

A sad day indeed.

ChristopherPierce
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ChristopherPierce

Estranged Ironwu Caec I agree. He was very willing to lend support to games…. he was just pretty fucking great all the way around. :(

Sixcess
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Sixcess

Feydakin If they need an inscription for an in-game memorial, they need look no further than those words.

chriskovo
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chriskovo

I would picture a giant sized statue of Spock in space that shoots laser beams from his eyes if you cant recite the idic!!!

wjowski
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wjowski

It would take supreme act of incompetence unlikely even from Cryptic to overlook Mr. Nimoy’s death.

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

Karl_Hungus Which dude should be sued for by the Saul Zaentz company.   Ripping off Tolkien’s books.
Valar are the ArchAngels in his mythology, the Morgul are the black riders or Ringwraiths.   Heh.

goettel
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goettel

V/

actionist
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actionist

Wait a minute, for once I’d actually like to hear from dirtyklingon :)

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

Awesome.  This_needs_to_happen

Tierless
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Tierless

I dont play this but I will if it means that memorial is built!

SorriorDragneel
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SorriorDragneel

Personally i would suggest a story of peace between at LEAST Romulans abd the Federation seeing as last i heard Spock was trying for that(only watched tv and movies). If not all 3 factions(basically allow a rift for opposite grouos to work together)
Could lead to what i assume are gamechanging mechanics.

Sinaptic
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Sinaptic

hard news today about this. He himself had a passion for art and gave great depth to his characters.
tough loss today for everyone and condolences to his family.
we can see him in the stars.

jealouspirate
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jealouspirate

“We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect, to nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.”

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Estranged Here’s the actual napkin-giving scene:

bossrprouse
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bossrprouse

mysecretid Wratts Yes, you should get access to that item after completing the first mission after the tutorial. For the Federation, it’s the mission to rescue the S.S. Azura.

Devil Olive
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Devil Olive

PWE will add one once they figure out how to monetize it.

breetoplay
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breetoplay
Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

Valar morghulis.

Gylnne
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Gylnne

Being 83 he did live long and prosper.

Rest in peace sir.

Faith77
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Faith77

I love that that was his final tweet, it’s perfect.

Controlyourself
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Controlyourself

Faith77

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

They should name a new, undiscovered planet in the game for him. Planet Nimoy or nebula Nimoy XT-537… something. If not in a persistent world like an mmo, then where? If Blizzard can do a Robin Williams tribute, then they sure can.
Do it, Perfect World.
He was 83. And he did.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

Wratts 
Yes. Canonical or not, Star Trek Online is the only current, constant source of visual Star Trek set in the original timeline that we have now. I won’t pretend it’s perfect, but it’s brought me much joy.
Do they still give out the “log tape” in-game item which allows you to play back all of Mr. Nimoy’s voice-over bits that he did for the game at launch? I’ve had mine for so long now, I’ve lost track of whether or not they’re still giving those to new players.

Faith77
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Faith77

Somewhere at PWE Headquarters…
Cryptic Dev: With the death of Leonard Nimoy, our customers have been requesting ways to memorialize this legendary actor and iconic character.
PWE: That’s great! We should sell a black armband for say 2000 zen, we can get the word out that you’re not a true fan of this Spork unless you buy the armband!
Cryptic Dev: I don’t think that’s such a good idea….
PWE: You’re right, our sucker customers we’ll pay 2500 zen for this!

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