News recently broke that legendary actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his portrayal of Star Trek’s “green-blooded, inhuman” science officer has passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 83.
Players of Star Trek Online, the free-to-play role-playing game based on the television show staring Nimoy from 1966, have gathered in the hundreds around the central fountain on Spock’s home planet of Vulcan to honor the memory of the actor. Many are wearing classic Star Trek uniforms resembling Nimoy’s character Spock and bringing rocky Horta pets from one of the show’s most memorable episodes. Game caretakers Cryptic Studios have added a system-wide alert to the virtual world informing players of Nimoy’s death.
Aside from being one of the original actors in the television show and movies, Leonard Nimoy has contributed voice acting to Star Trek Online including the game’s introduction video, universal background, and a congratulatory message each time a Federation character levels up.
Member of the cast and crew here at GUO, as well as the members of out own STO fleet, The Night Watch, humbly salute the passing of this influential man who helped fire our imaginations for so many decades.
Update: Star Trek Online Executive Producer Steve Ricossa has announced that a memorial to the actor will be added to the game March 5th:
“I want to once again express my heartfelt condolences to the friends, family, and fans of Leonard Nimoy. Everyone at Cryptic Studios was saddened to hear of his passing and we want to make sure we never forget the cultural impact of the man or the character he played. 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.”