By Dan Zuccarelli . June 2, 2007 . 12:05pm
Blizzard is one of those companies you just can’t help but like. Hell, there’s lots of good reasons to. They’re committed to their customers, won’t ship a game till it’s ready, have Mac and PC versions available in the same box, and produce quality games. Well, now you can add making a very sick kid feel like the most important person on earth to the list.
Earlier this week there was a story on O.C. Register about Blizzard taking part in a Make-a-Wish day for Ezra Chatterton. You see Ezra is bound to his wheelchair fighting a brain tumor, and he and his father have bonded through World of Warcraft by playing it together. So when the Make-a-Wish foundation came calling asking Ezra what they could do for him, he said wanted to visit Blizzard.
Blizzard, showing all kinds of heart and general kick-assery laid out a day for him that any one of us can envy. They showed him all the behind the scenes goodies, and let him create his own, character, items and quest (the 1st non-Blizzard employee to do so). They bumped him up to level 70 and even put his pet into the game for him.
Understandably Ezra was blown away by the whole thing, but Blizzard had one more trick up their sleeves. They gave him the oft rumored but never seen before Phoenix flying mount, making him the only owner in Azeroth. The Phoenix with it’s rising from the ashes legacy not only makes a cool looking mount, but has special significance for Ezra, who’s literally fighting for his life.
I’m so happy that he’s able to ride his Phoenix around the Outlands, keeping the world safe. Blizzard, you rock.