Join us as we pay tribute to the gamers who have passed on but have been memorialised in the video games that they loved.
Michael Mamaril, Borderlands 2
Michael Mamaril is an NPC in Sanctuary noted for giving out rare loot. He was created to honour a Borderlands fan who passed away in October 2011, aged just 22.
The tribute came about after a friend of Michael contacted Gearbox to ask whether Claptrap, Michael’s favourite character, could read a short eulogy. Gearbox obliged, having Claptrap read the quote, then went one better by creating the NPC character after the fan.
Matthew Bragg, City of Heroes
In the build-up to the launch of City of Heroes, Matthew Bragg earned the respect of the game’s community as one of their most friendly, welcoming and helpful members.
Bragg passed away soon after City of Heroes launched. In recognition of his contribution to the community, Cryptic Studios renamed the game’s tutorial character after Bragg’s forum alias, Kiyotee.
Sean Smith, EVE Online
Sean Smith was an information management officer for the US government by day and a senior figure in the EVE Online community known as Vile Rat.
Sean was killed in a terrorist attack during the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. In tribute, the MMO’s community had the late influential intergalactic diplomat’s name emblazoned across the stars.
Erik West, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Erik West, known as Immok the Slayer, impressed Bethesda with his knowledge of the Elder Scrolls series while touring their studios as a part of his Make-A-Wish request.
Bethesda immortalised their fan by using him as the inspiration for Erik the Slayer in Skyrim, who can be found at Rorikstead’s Frostfruit Inn.
“Good Guy” Evan, Fallout 4: Nuka-World DLC
Residents of Fallout 4’s Commonwealth are rarely the friendliest but Nuka-World NPC Evan is an exception.
Dubbed “Good Guy” Evan by the community, Evan is a tribute to the late brother of a Fallout 4 fan. Evan was not only named after Evan but modelled after him too, creating his likeness in the wasteland.
You can find “Good Guy” Evan at his home in the southern end of the map. He gifts players a unique Nuka-Love recipe, allowing them to craft one of the DLC’s 15 different Nuka-Cola types.