Hey, guys, I found this story on Destructoid and Facebook and I figured I'd post a link to it here. It's a rather sweet story, and I wouldn't be surprised to see something about it on the 'Bomb tomorrow as it seems right up Patrick's alley.
For those not intending to read the story, a fan requested that developer Gearbox honor his late friend, Michael John Mamaril, who died last month to cancer. To honor him, he asked they have Claptrap read a eulogy for Mr. Mamaril. Not only did they comply with the request, but they also intend to include him as an NPC in Borderlands 2.
Now, I know developers do sweet things for fans all the time. Hell, Gearbox isn't even totally fresh to the concept. But I think what makes this especially poignant to me is the humility expressed in the Claptrap eulogy. It sounds legitimately awestruck that they were considered so important to the relationship between the fan and his late friend.
I don't mean to say "Gearbox is the best developer ever." I mean, they still willingly unleashed Duke Nukem Forever upon the world, and, what's worse, made it out so that it didn't sound like one of the worst games I've ever bought at retail. But can anyone think of other, similar acts by development studios, at least in part? I've heard of a few of the marriage-related ones before, of course, but I'm curious to find out if there are any others that jump to people's minds. I'd like to think it humanizes the developers of the games we love a little bit, or at least the games we played.