Leonard Nimoy's Star Trek Online Memorial Is The Most Logical, And Perfect, Tribute To Spock
Leonard Nimoy's passing last week was one of the great losses of the world. It was the kind of death that, while not unsurprising - he was in his 80s - nonetheless leaves the world a little less whole than it used to be. As soon as the news hit, many outlets began running tributes to the actor best known as Mr. Spock in Star Trek.
Our eyes were turned to Star Trek Online, the MMO from Perfect World. When the news hit on Friday, players began to gather on the planet Vulcan around a fountain in tribute to the half-human Ambassador.
From a blog post on the official Star Trek Online site: "I'm certain everyone who knew of Nimoy's work will remember him in their own special way, and I want to make sure Star Trek Online also has an in-game way for people to remember him as well. As of this morning, there are several locations throughout the game that will allow people to take a moment to remember Spock, Leonard Nimoy, and other departed friends from Star Trek history.
Players can travel to that very same fountain, where a new statue of Spock has been erected. The effigy of the man stands triumphant, his hands raised in his now iconic Vulcan hand sign, with the words 'Live Long and Prosper' - Spock's catchphrase - chiseled in a digital stone that will remain until the servers are shut down.
A broker for peace and reconciliation between the Vulcans and their cousins, the Romulans, you can also head to New Rolmulus, where a similar statue stands in a square and reads "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." Spock's mantra during the events of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, in which he sacrificed himself to save the Enterprise.
"Finally, we will be adding a memorial plaque to those same locations for not only Leonard Nimoy, but for others in the Star Trek family who have passed. People will be able to interact with this memorial and read the names, the dates of their birth and passing, and a personal quote where possible."
The additional plaques include the names of Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek's creator; Majel BarretT, Gene's wife and Nurse Chapel in the original and Deanna's mother in Next Generation; DeForest Kelley as Bones and James Doohan, who played Scotty.
"In this small way, we hope to honor the memory and contribution of those who helped shape Star Trek into the cultural touchstone it is today."