The world of music recently lost Christina Grimmie, who was tragically shot during an autograph signing session after a concert and later died from her wounds.
Fans are now petitioning Nintendo is name an NPC in the forthcoming Legend of Zelda title after the singer, who was self-confessed fan not only of the series, but Nintendo in general. Grimmie's YouTube name was ZeldaxLove64, and she was also a fan of titles EarthBound, Super Mario and Pokémon.
The petition - which can be found on Change.org - has already amassed over 25,000 signatures. If you'd like to see Grimmie immortalised in the next Zelda, then don't forget to pledge your support. While it's tempting to question the point of such ventures and ask whether or not Nintendo takes any notice, it's worth pointing out that Bill Trinen is currently using an image of Grimmie on his Twitter account:
I would rather see Robin to be honest.
How does this honor a life?
I'll sign, even though I've never heard of her unfortunately. But not exactly hopeful, not aware of change.org ever "changing" anything... How did the Robin Williams petition do?
That probably won't happen. When was the last time Change.org changed a Nintendo related thing?
Doing something like this is just cheesy, and wouldn't honor her that much. It would have been better if there was a gofundme for an actual memorial.
Has Nintendo as a company ever done anything that sweet? They had a direct relationship with Robin Williams and they didn't do anything special.
Christina loved the Zelda series so much and when I talked to her about it I could see her passion. Majora's Mask and Ocarina of Time were her favorites. I was friends with Christina through the internet and I know how much this would mean to her. More importantly, her older brother Mark who is also a big fan of Zelda and the reason she started playing. I know this seems pointless and it probably is but I'm willing to give it a shot.
This is stupid.
Wasn't there a petition like this when Robin Williams died? If I remember right Nintendo's response was condolences while avoiding saying if they would or wouldn't do anything. I haven't heard anything more since then so I imagine it'd be the same here. Not to mention it's probably a bit late in the new game's production to add a new character like that. While I do think it'd be cool it's still highly unlikely given what history has to show.
Will I get a character named after me when I die, or does my death have to make the news to get a petition started?
What @argh4430 said, pretty much. A real, once living person deserves a real memorial.
That's the gofundme page, for anyone interested.
I don't get it.
People act like this is about her but it's not. It's about fans and what they want. THEY want to see her in the game so THEY can remember her as another notch in Nintendo's belt. "Look at this poor celebrity victim- see she loved Nintendo? You see?"
No, go start a fund for the family or something. Do something that's actually selfless rather than selfish.
Bill Trinen changed his profile pic on twitter to exactly the same one shown above. He has it even know, just looked.
I guess that's quite an acknowledgement. He even retweeted some old tweets.
There already is a gofundme for the family
What an idiot, the guy that shot her. So f'n needless.
What the hell is wrong with people? You can't force someone else to care about the things you love. Did the developers in Japan even know who this girl was. I've never heard of her and I'm American. Regardless of fame or not, I'm a huge Zelda fan. Do I get a petition when I die to force creators to immortalize me in their work of art?
it might happen. Nintendo follows her on twitter. They said they have something in mind for robin awhile back so who knows.
Sorry about her death but Robin Williams is somebody I've heard of and he didn't get anything.
This is completely dishonorable.
I'm not necessarily going to sign this, but Damn! Y'all are cold...
@JaxonH I didn't actually see it that way at all tbh. To me, it just looks like a really nice gesture to a fan that was horrifically shot dead far too young. What you're saying is possibly why some people signed it, but I just like to see this petition as something we can do in her name. It's possible that I'm being a bit naive, but there are almost undoubtedly thousands of people who signed this simply in respect of Christina
I see nothing wrong with this
damn, some of you guys are more callous than I am. I'm surprised.
@Thermoclorn Haha, that's exactly my feeling, why are people saying this is a dishonourable or stupid? People can be quite cynical. Why isn't this just taken as a nice gesture!?
@gcunit NintendoLife will be renamed in your honor.
I think whether this would be an appropriate memorial should be something that's up to the family and loved ones of Christina, rather than petitioners or Nintendo. If they expressed a desire for this to happen, then it might be worth petitioning Nintendo to try to make it happen. But we presumably have no idea how the family would take this, and it's just not ours--or Nintendo's--decision to make.
@BranJ0 It is not a nice gesture to demand of somebody to pay tribute to a victim of a tragedy by what is basically popular vote. Imagine somebody asked that Gamefreak name 50 new Pokemon in Sun and Moon after the other tragedy's victims. If they want to pay tribute by doing something suitable in-game, they will do it themselves. Instead of making demands on others, pay tribute to her by contributing to some fitting charity.
I'm sure there are many, many dead Zelda fans out there that didn't get a character named after them, why should they give her special treatment?
If her fans want to pay tribute to her then great, they can go do that. No need to force Nintendo to, in a bit of a cheesy and dumb way too.
I think Nintendo would be very wary of setting a precedent like this.
Yeah, that's the thing. Unless you're famous, no one'd care.
I didn't know the girl, but when I heard that she died and how she died I was shocked and had tears in my eyes. Such a young girl, who had her whole life ahead of her. But the question is, where do you draw the line with such things? Who gets to decide who gets and who doesn't get a tribute.
It seems far too early, too. Let it rest a little.
I literally laughed out loud before clicking this link because I knew there would be poutty-faced whiners complaining this is a "stupid idea" and "how dare you request such a thing," blahblahblah. It's quite simple: if you don't care about it, just move along - nothing to see for you. Voice your opinion if you'd like but you don't have to whine like a child, though. People complain about any and everything...
aw that'd be nice. I hope they do it.
@Piersen Hmm, I guess I'm seeing it more as a request than a demand: like they're asking Nintendo to name a character after a big fan of the series. I just see it as a nice thing to do. I do understand where you're coming from, but I guess I'm just being slightly more optimistic that instead of forcing Nintendo to name a character after her, or so they can boast about having a celebrity name involved in Nintendo, that they are just asking Nintendo to pay respects to her in their own way
Hmm, I'm just thinking, out of all those people "signing" this petition, how many are actively doing something themselves to show support like a hand-written letter, donation, even spreading her music anyway they can. It's just that this may be where the support begins and ends for most which to me seems fake and selfish.
Who knows maybe in the next Pokemon game there will be a npc Idol trainer named christina. There is a Pokefan trainer named Tristan in XY, so it's more likely, even if it's pure "coincidence"
I don't even have the slightest clue who she was to be honest.
Never heard of her.
That said, petitions like that are a waste of time.
They haven't done anything for someone who actually worked for / with them, they wont do it for a random "fan".
If they started such a trend, they'll never be able to name a character themselves ever again
A nice gesture but ultimately futile and silly.
Why not collect 1 dollar from everyone instead ? With 25k you can give her one heck of a memorial.
She was a singer, right ? Why not organize a charity concert with it in her name ?
This would not only create ne heck of a legacy but also benefit countless others.
Her death is tragic and all, but... yeah, this is not going to happen. Nor does it have to.
I didn't know about her until yesterday, but it made me very sad to hear what happened. I'm not trying to say this out of disrespect, because I do think it would be a nice gesture for her name to be in the game, but there have been plenty of huge Zelda fans that were murdered in the past, the only difference is they weren't celeberties. Just because this person is well known and has the fan base to make this a big petition, that doesn't mean she's more deserving than anyone else. There could have been a huge Zelda fan in the Orlando shooting as well, and their situation would be no different. Nintendo can't be selective and choose one girl to put in their game because they're famous.
@vaguerant her brother Mark showed support for the petition.
@c1pher_c0mplet That whiner argument isn't going to work here. Not this time.
If you start with one then everyone who played Zelda and died will demand a tribute, especially for a random person who is just a fan of the series.
This and the Orlando shooting are very sad news. Sad world we live in.
Exactly what I thought after reading the article.
I wonder how many of those signatures never knew she existed until now.
But really, this won't change anything and if they start doing this for ever fan that died... well... there will be a lot of Zelda NPCs being made.
@WireWare Don't you remember when Nintendo cancelled a Metroid game because of the criticism it got from fans, and a petition to have it cancelled getting more than enough signatures?
...Yeah, me neither.
This is completely dishonorable."
Exactly my feeling.
It would be nice. Not necessarily needed, there are other ways to support Grimmie, but it'd be a good thing to do.
I don't understand why people are so vehemently opposed to the idea. Naming the singer after Grime wouldn't be of offence to anybody. People be like "You should stop trying to tell Nintendo what to do, they won't listen". Just because they won't listen doesn't negate people's right to express what they wish from Nintendo. I mean, it's not like Oprainfall did anything....riiiiiggghhht??
That's pretty random... As sad as it is, thousands of people are killed around the world everyday. Zelda, and Nintendo, fans are bound to be among them. Since Nintendo can't name NPC's after all of them, they should name them after none of them. Besides, if they were going to put someone in the game, it would make more sense for it to be Robin Williams, who actually had ties to Nintendo and Zelda (advertising), or even Iwata.
@allav866 So you're saying that they shouldn't have expressed their resentment of the game in the most direct way possible? Their actions certainly pushed Federation Force certainly affected how much noise Nintendo continued to make about it - they barely talk about it now, they just want to make back whatever money they can.
I'd never heard of her before but it was awful how she died. I don't know if I'd personally sign it as I didn't know her(I only heard about what happened a couple of days ago) but if she was to be included in some small way I certainly wouldn't object.
I'm divided on whether Ntineod should include her as an NPC or not, probably not if I'm forced to make a decision right now, but I've got nothing against the petition. And while I don' tthink she shoudl get an NPC in game, I do think she could be added in the long list of credits that nobody ever reads at the end. I've played enough games and watched enough credits to know there are always a list of plenty of names they like to "Thank", so adding her name in that list w/ a little R.I.P. or something is certainly doable. Seriously, sometimes those thank lists go on and on and on.
So maybe the petition doesn't get her an NPC, but maybe it does get her an "honorable mention", and I think her family would truly appreciate that.
There's certainly no harm in asking.
And then after Nintendo add her for sympathy, the internet will turn vile and degrade her even further, beyond death.
In the Royal Cemetery, there could be tombstones with her name, Robin Williams, Iwata, ect.
Can they include me
I'd expect more or less the same answer they gave about Robin Williams. I personaly thought they gave a good reason not too.
Still, what tradegy. Vila i frid.
@PlywoodStick Adam Levine is actually paying for all funeral expenses.
Agreed. What is with all the vitriol here? She was a prominent fan that was a tragic victim at a time when there is a new Zelda game coming out. <sarcasm>So sorry to rain on your fandom by giving her a nod in the game. Wouldn't that be horrible?</sarcasm>
Another note: In my view, people in positions of fame that express their fandom towards a Nintendo game franchise have actually given something to Nintendo, not so crazy to give a little back.
How do we actually know Robin Williams won't be honored in some way? It's not as though anyone has actually played the next major Zelda title and searched for all possible easter eggs...
There are better ways to honor someone's life. Like, I dunno, pass some gun control laws.
Oh wait, we can't do that. So sure, throw her in a video game as a character 99% of the gaming population will avoid talking to because the who heck talks to NPCs if you don't have to.
@Yorumi Preach it. Also, nice scenario idea.
The comments on here really disappoint me. Not the ones that say "nothing will happen", or "how does this honor someone?", but those that say "why honor her?". Look...she just got murdered in plain sight. There is something wrong with this world when stuff like that is happening. She stands for awareness that hate crimes and terror are alive in this world. And while most of you here are kind, tolerant people, and feel like this country has come a long way in regards to tolerance and peace, she stands as a symbol that we still have a long way to go. You think that Robin Williams should be honored? Remember...he took his own life! I am a huge Robin Williams fan and was devastated by the loss, but to say that we should immortalize a suicide is insane. Kurt Cobain is enough. Don't forget that the killer in her case also committed suicide. Please...have your opinion, but please also have some respect to understand what you are taking about before posting on a public website! Thank you.
Why? Just because she's famous and has a fanbase? And someone who isn't famous, but a bigger fan dies, and they'll do what?
Case in point.
@XCWarrior Why is this somehow mutually exclusive? If someone wants Nintendo to honor a fallen fan someone can't also help work out changes to help with shootings? Nintendo can't pass gun laws in other countries, but one set of developers there can give an honorable nod to a famous fan. Also, in Zelda games players talk to NPCs.
Weird idea IMHO. I didnt know about her until I read the news about her death. Whats the point in adding her as a NPC? I generally dislike the idea of adding real life people into video games .
i dont think so.
Her brother asked her fans to start this, since it was her favorite game franchise.
@majorgamer @rjejr @aaronsullivan @Yorumi Agreed. Life is far too cheap. I can't condemn the sentiment, whatever the practicalities.
@yuwarite Basically yes, she she wasn't then this wouldn't exist.
To be honest, I didn't even know who this was, but I looked her up and she seemed to be quite the gamer. As far as Robin not getting a character goes, suicide is very different the getting murdered. I think that's only right that she is honored in a game she never will get to play.
I don't get this. Lots of zelda fans will have died in the past 30 years and none of them have been represented in game.
...what makes this person any different?
She can be honored better than this. She was much more than a Zelda fan. I disagree with this petition. Nintendo, stick to your guns
The wait for Zelda U, for like a decade it feels like
Honestly I would love to have a Zelda character of myself, but I'm not on the Voice and I'm not famous yet. (notice the yet)
...Not this again. -.-
Y'all just don't get. And y'all never do. I'm done, enjoy complaining about E3 on here for the next couple weeks.
She was murdered in cold blood at a fan meet & greet. That is what makes her different than many of the other Zelda fans that have died.
I appreciate the sentiment of wanting to honor someone but she had no more significant a connection to Zelda than any other Nintendo fan. I have a problem with giving preferential treatment simply because a person is famous. Famous people are still just people.
I did know about her assassination... But I didn't know about her being a Nintendo fan. It would be nice, but it's very unlikely, because they are japanese and they don't care.
@TruthBeTold What about a moment of silence or something during the treehouse for all the Zelda fans who won't get to play the game. That way it's fair for everyone and ends.
Would it make a difference to know that she was murdered at a fan meet and greet where she was signing autographs? Not a heart attack, not an accident, someone shot her with a gun. Does that make any difference to you?
@majorgame @Kimyonaakuma I was there at that meet & greet. My picture was taken only 5 short minutes before the shots. We were friends through Twitter and she asked me to stay until after the meet & greet so we could talk more. Because of that monster we never had the chance. Instead I was running for my life. She was supposed to go to E3 but she can't. Having her honoring in the game in any way would mean the world to me and so many other people.
@PK_Boss11 I'm not saying Nintendo has to do this, or even saying that everyone here who disagrees with the petition is wrong. It's just the way it's being said (not by you from what I've seen, though). I've just read a lot of thoughtless, callous words on this page.
@aaronsullivan That's not my point.
My point is someone needs to create a petition to get Congress to look at gun control laws, not create some stupid petition to get a person into a video game.
One is FAR more important than the other, but one would sadly get far more signatures than the other because Amercians' priorities are totally out of whack.
@xcwarrior We've already created multiple petitions about gun control and safety at concerts but they're not getting as much attention as this is. We're trying to spread them but it's difficult
Not callous. Ignorant. I don't think anyone on here would write what they are writing if they realized not just that she was murderd, but how she was murdered. If so...then yes, very callous.
I'm continually amazed at the things some of the people here get #madonline about. Wouldn't have expected this to be one of them, but here we are.
@majorgamer - That's probably right. Seeing a lot of "Didn't hear about this situation until an hour ago, but here's my opinion" type stuff
I agree with what you are saying, but I think you somehow miss the point.
I dont think her death had anything to do with playing video games, and putting her as NPC into one doesnt really change anything. What does her death or her memorial have to do with the target audience? If people want a memorial for her then this should happen in real life and not in some artificial game, which didnt have anything to do with her game.
Don't get me wrong, this is just my opinion, in the end it doesnt really matter to me if they put her into the game or not. Its just weird to me. And besides, what kind of a NPC would you like her to be? A singer who gets shot by a crazy fan? Like a sidequest where link has to save her? I think that would be totally beyond the limit.
@Xaessya So in other words, it's an unfair situaton.
It should be a measure of how big a Zelda fan the person was NOT how big their fanbase is.
@argh4430 his parents made one and surpassed the goal.
I've signed it, thank you for sharing this article Nintendo Life.
I find it hilarious that it seems more people are upset at this notion than that she was shot. Don't agree with it, don't sign it (I don't so I won't). What a bunch of cynical stuff complaining about the people that do want it though.
Ok, I didnt read that one.
I admire your motivation, its beautiful. However, I dont think that putting her into a game will change anything. People like that crazy guy will still exist, muslim terrorists will continue terrorizing, and electing people like trump will ruin us all. Not much we can do about it.
I rather believe people are voicing their opinions, whats wrong about that? You are either for or against something.
Why being upset? People die every day?
A woman and a man were killed by a terrorist last night, did that make you upset?
To me it was rather shocking news which confirmed me in my believe how sick people are and that life is quite unpredictable.
I could have died several times in my life already - and yet I am still here - I believe in God, though!
You can be aware and make others aware. You can be aware of your friends and set an example for them. You can vote and get others to vote. You can post on you Facebook, Twitter, or whatever. There is so many little things you can do that may get others to do the same. We can snowball this awareness. We CAN change things. It just has to get bad enough that we want to.
@King0fThieves EXACTLY. That's my point. People care more about naming a virtual thing the name of a dead person than stopping more people from dying.
I'm not yelling at you, I'm yelling at all the stupid Americans who don't get it. Same idiots who cried more over a gorilla death than all the children that were killed in America that same weekend.
She died. It was tragic, but that's the problem, not this whole "oh my god she needs to be remembered in a video game!"
You are right!
I think, however, that these are unpopular opinions, and people who stand up get quited down. Of course no one from the muslim community will stand up against it, just shift the blame and stuff. And if people stand up against it they are labelled racist etc. In europe they are trying to impose penalties on countries who dont want to let those ticking time bombs into their country 250000 EUR for each and thats blackmail IMHO>
Slacktavism at it's finest.
Reggie put all you haters to shame, you should shut up or apologize.
There's expressing your opinion and then there is bashing others who you don't agree with.
I don't think they could name an NPC after her since the game is already close to completion, they could still add some hidden Easter Eggs in the game such as a secret room with random honors to people like Satoru Iwata, Christina Grimmie, and Robin William similar to the secret Chris Houlihan's room in the original Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
I dont think I have been bashing anyone in here. If I did, then I apologize! Honestly!
Its always like this, someone comes up with an opinion, theres people who are either for or against, but most people have a position on things. And then there is a dicussion on things where people present their arguments. Like I said, I dont really care wether shell be included in the game or not. It doesnt change anything to me. I just think its weird trying to persuade someone to make game changes because of some tragic incident. Theres other ways to express condolences, or try to make a change.
Personally I believe that nintendo gamers are among the most peaceful of all gamers.
The problem with campaigns like these are they set Nintendo up to be a bad guy if they don't give in. Who suddenly put together a campaign to alter games because of a recent tragedy? How does one's mind connect these things so quickly and then organize this to ask for developers to alter their work to suit them? Look, it's not much of a gesture if you do it in such a contrived way. It would mean more and be much more a pleasant surprise if this had started with one of the developers at Nintendo deciding it would be a nice gesture, but that's just my feeling. The internet is an odd place.
No, that's ridiculous. People die. It's a fact of life.
@argh4430 There is already a gofund page and it raised $150k. Also, her former coach Adam will pay for the funeral and travel expense. Her brother said there is no more need to donate and it will be nice if the supporters can sign up for the petition because Christina tweeted before saying she would want to be an elf in a zelda game. But, ofc it's the company's decision if they want to do it or not.
It did not work with Robin Williams, but considering Christina was actually going to be at the Nintendo event the situation is a little different.
@majorgamer. I know how she died and it's undeniably tragic. Still has no relevance to arbitrarily placing her into a Zelda game. There are lots of tragic deaths every year. You want to honor every one of them? Or just the ones trending on Twitter?
it's good to see a positive petition coming from fans for once, but i'm still against it.
@XCWarrior Incidentally, it is actually much tougher to acquire a handgun than an AR-15 in many parts of the USA. There's all kinds of paperwork and days of waiting for a handgun. An assault rifle? Just point at it on the rack, slap down some cash and an ID, you get it right then and there. No background check whatsoever. Gun laws in the USA are insane...
And I bet the one who sold Grimmie's killer the gun would say "Not my problem." The guy who sold the Florida mass murderer an AR-15 said that, too.
Not my point. I agree that it may not be appropriate to honor her like that.
My point is the ignorance that commenters are showing by just saying it's just someone dying, because like you said, it is much more tragic than that. It's more than a Zelda fan getting murdered. It was a hate crime murder during a positive fan event that caused terror for many and had changed the way people live their lives. These types of tragedies, such as the other horrible event in Florida, makes people feel less free in this country. That is the significance, and that is my point.
@HeroponRiki Robin already got a tribute in World of Warcraft, Christina deserves this, imo
@Yorumi The problem there is that the only reason Grimmie is being considered for this is her hobbies and fame. If anything, it's callous to only make an NPC representing her, but no one else. In any case, that doesn't solve anything. Either contributing to her memorial, or contributing towards the fight to stop this kind of murder from being so easily committed would be far more kind.
Wow... so many bitter people here with nothing better to do. Okay, so maybe you never heard of her. But what in the hell is the harm in doing this? Donating to her family AND signing a petition to get her name as an NPC are NOT mutually exclusive. She meant a LOT to a lot of people (I was a fan for many years and met her a few years ago), so maybe respect that people are grieving over her tragic and shocking death and have a little respect.
@HeroponRiki Robin was Already Confirmed to be Zelda's Father.
Terrible time for this. There will be an extremly limited amount of NPCS.
Wow... this comment section annoyed me so much, I had to register.
First of all, how the hell is this nice gesture dishonorable to her, when she wanted to be reborn as an elf?
She would totally love that even her Youtube user name is "zeldaxlove64" and her own brother is supporting this as well
Yeah people die it's natural, but is it natural to get murdered? Especially this soon...
Nintendo might not care, but it's worth a try.
Her voice inspires many people, including myself. Not only was she talented, she was caring, fun, nice and so cheerful. Never have I mourned more about someone, I didn't know for real. What hit me really hard about her death was, that she attempted to hug her murderer before she died. She had no idea, such a wonderful human being . She deserves to be remembered.
I wholeheartedly support this petition and signed it in a heartbeat. May she teach the angels singing in heaven
@BranJ0 i agree with you man i think it would be sweet
i hope they name a character after robin williams' daughter too
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