A Father's Legacy Lives On in World of Warcraft Despite His Passing
A World of Warcraft (WoW) player has created a touching tribute to their late father, resonating deeply with the game’s community. Shared on Reddit, the story reveals a unique bond between a father and child, forged and preserved in the world of online gaming.
World of Warcraft Becomes a Digital Memorial For Player’s Father
Nicholas, a World of Warcraft (WoW) player, shared a poignant story on Reddit about his late father, recalling how an impulsive purchase profoundly impacted their family.
It all began when his father brought home World of Warcraft, setting the stage for what would become a deeply shared experience. As they delved into the game, his father's character, "Gaaron," a Dwarf with a hunting rifle, emerged as more than just a digital avatar. Gaaron became an extension of his father’s personality, encapsulating shared memories and a unique bond between father and son.
Their journey together in WoW was marked by the game's evolution through multiple expansions. As the virtual world of Azeroth grew, so did their adventures. Nicholas soon joined his father in-game, creating his own character. This shared gaming experience fostered a friendly rivalry, with father and son playfully competing for computer time.
“While I was at school my dad would play, and I would do my thing later at night - at times requesting his assistance, or just asking him to mail me some of his hard earned in game gold,” he said. “As expansions to the game started rolling out I remember I’d come home from school to find another giant box of CD’s that my mom would install for us. It was always the highlight of my year to jump into new parts of the game, sit and watch my dad cut through it like butter and slowly level his little dwarf up until he would max it out.”
Tragically, the father passed away in 2011, leaving a void in the player's life. The loss was compounded when a wildfire claimed most of their belongings, including physical reminders of the father. However, the player found solace in recovering their WoW account, discovering Gaaron untouched, just as the father had left him.
Now in 2023, the player stated that he logs in periodically, especially around Christmas, to relive those shared moments. From feeding Gaaron's pet wolf “Fangster” to walking through the snowy landscapes first explored in 2008, these actions keep the father’s memory alive. The gear crafted, gemstones mined, and other in-game elements, serve as digital reminders of his father.
Many in the WoW community on Reddit were touched by this post, with many expressing how it brought tears to their eyes.
This isn't an isolated case. Online games have become a medium for immortalizing loved ones. In "City of Heroes," a tutorial contact named Coyote, honors Kiyotee (real name Matthew Bragg), a helpful pre-beta message board member who passed away shortly after the game's release. Similarly, Bethesda and the developers of "Fallout 4" paid tribute to a player's deceased brother by incorporating him as a character in the Nuka World expansion.