Games serve as a fun escape from the troubles and stresses of everyday life. In tough times, though, many gamers turn to these fantasy worlds for comfort, and some in the gaming community have chosen to preserve the memories of lost loved ones in games. Here are the best and most heartfelt in-game memorials.

 

1. Leonard Nimoy Statues in Star Trek Online

After Leonard Nimoy passed away, Star Trek Online built two statues in his honor. The first statue stands at the central fountain on Vulcan, bearing the inscription: "Live Long and Prosper."

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The second statue, which reads "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few", was placed on New Romulus, serving as a symbol of Spock's efforts to unite the Romulans and Vulcans. 

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Each statue includes a plaque that lists other beloved Star Trek cast and crew members we have lost.

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2. Vile Rat in EVE Online

Vile Rat was one of the most prominent figures in EVE Online. A member of the Council of Stellar Management, he was clever and powerful. His real-life coutnerpart was Sean Smith, a U.S. information management officer who had served all over the world. When he died in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11th, 2012, his fellow players wanted to remember his legacy in the game he gave so much to.

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Unlike most in-game memorials, the ones celebrating Smith were created by the players, not the developers. Players renamed outposts in the game after him and held a memorial for him on September 15, 2014. 

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3. Robin the genie in World of Warcraft

Following Robin Williams's tragic death, fans wanted to do something to commemorate the comedian's legacy as a gamer. Many petitioned Blizzard to create a World of Warcraft nonplayer character in his honor since it was one of his favorite games. Blizzard agreed and introduced Robin the genie.

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The NPC seems to be a clear allusion to Williams's memorable turn as the Genie in Aladdin since he's summoned by rubbing a lamp, and his two lines are "INFINITE COSMIC POWER" and "itty bitty living space."

via ign and wowhead and kotaku

 

4. The Shrine of the Fallen Warrior in World of Warcraft

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If you play World of Warcraft, you might have come across the Shrine of the Fallen Warrior. The tall stone monument is dedicated to a fallen Orc warrior and inscribed with the initials MK. A spirit healer named Koiter floats above the monument, always standing watch.

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What you might not know is that MK stands for Michael Koiter, a Blizzard illustrator who worked on World of Warcraft. Unfortunately, he died before the game was released so he never got to see his work completed so his colleagues memorialized him with this shrine. His twin brother and collaborator, Rene, wrote a moving poem for the monument, which you can read here.

via wowwiki

 

5. Memorial for Pauline in Minecraft

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Minecraft user, GasBandit, lost his wife to ovarian cancer. To remember her, he decided to create a memorial in their favorite game, and other Minecraft users kindly offered their resources to help build it. The memorial includes a giant statue of Pauline's avatar, a candle-filled tomb and an In Memoriam plaque.

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In the description of the Youtube video tour of the memorial, he asks people moved by his story to donate to Ovarian Cancer research.

via cinemablend and GasBandit