As promised, the MMORPG “Star Trek Online” has paid tribute to the late actor Leonard Nimoy with two permanent in-game statues of Spock. One includes the phrase “Live Long and Prosper” while the other reads “The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few.”
Nimoy’s name also joins another memorial on the site, alongside creator Gene Roddenberry, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan and Majel Barrett. The actor, who originated the role of Spock, passed away Feb. 27 at age 83.
In the announcement posted today on the “Star Trek Online” website, executive producer Steve Ricossa addressed what the late actor meant to the “Star Trek” community:
Last Friday we lost someone dear to us. All of us. Not just the people of the Star Trek community, but anyone who ever tried with varying success to make the Vulcan salute. Anyone who ever said “Live Long and Prosper,” whether or not they knew who brought that phrase into our cultural lexicon, and anyone who can understand the impact a positive public figure can have on the world. Leonard Nimoy was more than just a Star Trek icon—he was a cultural icon. His passing has been felt farther and wider than I think he could have possibly known, and I feel it’s that humility, despite all of his skills, talents, and fame, that made him someone we all care about.
In addition to playing Spock on television and in film, Nimoy lent his voice to the character in the game.
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