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Robin Williams: Legendary funnyman shared love of video games with his daughter

Robin Williams not only named his daughter Zelda after a video game but shared his joy of gaming with her
Robin Williams not only named his daughter Zelda after a video game but shared his joy of gaming with her

Entertainment icon Robin Williams has passed away. The star of such films as Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam and The World According to Garp was found dead in his home on Aug. 11 of an apparent suicide.

In addition to being a Oscar winning performer and legendary funnyman, Williams was a proud fan of video games. From Nintendo classics such as Mario to modern-day classics such as Portal, Williams was never shy about his decades long fandom for all things video gaming.

"It's always weird when you play online and you get owned by a ten-year-old going 'You're my b****'. 'Hey, old man, I own your a**!'" Williams said in 2009 of online hits such as Call of Duty and Halo 3 that he would play in between his film and entertainment projects.

As technology and video game experiences developed, so did Williams' love for the gaming world. He often attended the annual E3 expo in Los Angeles and kept on top of the latest developments in the industry.

"I’m looking forward to the next Xbox," Williams said during a Reddit AMA in 2013. "I can’t imagine the graphics being any better. It will be like these characters are living in your house. I’ll have to be doing duck and cover just to get to the bathroom! For the WiiU or the PS4, at this point I haven’t seen them yet but I might have to check into the cyber wing at Betty Ford."

So deep was Williams' love for video game entertainment that he named his daughter, Zelda Williams, after the princess in the iconic Nintendo Legend of Zelda series.

"What a great name for a girl, Zelda," Robin Williams said in a 2011 video about the inspiration for his daughter's name. "Because we were playing the game Legend of Zelda at the time. I bought one of the first Nintendo systems and brought that home with a very large TV and set it up. It was amazing because... it's addicting. I was playing it for hours and hours and hours and hours. A lot of people come up and say 'Is she named after F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife?' No, it's Zelda from The Legend of Zelda."

In turn, Robin and Zelda appeared in a number of ads for the Nintendo 3DS version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D where the elder Williams described both his daughter and his video game love "magical."

"From what I've been told, they were playing Zelda when my mom was pregnant with me," the younger Williams recalled in the 2011 piece. "I think they just liked the name for a little girl and it's a princess as well."

Zelda Williams connection with video games did not stop with her namesake. She has also appeared in several types of content with gaming connections, such as 2012 film Noobz and an appearance at the Super Smash Bros. Invitational tournament in Los Angeles earlier this year.

"I love you. I miss you. I'll try to keep looking up," Zelda Williams tweeted in memory of her father.

Robin Williams was 63.

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