Im Forum von Reddit.com hat ein Spieler namens „Deckard Cain Elder“ einen interessanten Beitrag veröffentlicht, der derzeit durch diverse Foren geht. Es geht darum, dass Blizzard vor vielen Jahren einen Wettbewerb veranstaltet hat, wo man seinen Namen auf eine Postkarte schreiben konnte und diesen dann zu Blizzard geschickt hat.
Blizzard suchte damals wohl einen kuriosen Namen für ein Spiel / Figur. Der Gewinnspieltitel hieß damals jedenfalls „Name in the Game“. Jedenfalls erhielt der Vater von Deckard Cain Elder nach ca. 6 Monaten ein Paket von Blizzard mit folgenden Inhalt:
- Ein großer gelber Umschlag
- Einen schwarzen Hut mit dem Blizzard Logo drauf
- Das Diablo Spiel
- Ein großes Diablo-T-Shirt
- Und als Krönung eine ca. 30cm große Statue von Diablo
My name is Deckard Cain Elder, and I am 16 years old. When I was just a baby, Blizzard had a surprise drawing for Diablo with very vague details. All anyone knew was that if they wanted to be a part of the drawing, they had to send a postcard to Blizzard with your name on it, and after a said date, they would pick a card at random to win the prize. Being a very big Blizzard fan, my father decided to take part in this. He thought about it for a while, and decided that sense my name is so unique, he would send the postcard in with my name on it instead of his. My first name comes from the Harrison Ford’s character in the movie Blade Runner, my middle name is my mother’s maiden name, and my last name is my fathers family name.
It had been about 4 or 5 months after my father had sent in this postcard with my name on it to Blizzard, and he had begun to forget about it, and accepted that, because of the period of time sense he had sent the card in, we hadn’t won this unknown prize. About 6 months after the drawing, a box arrived at my parents apartment in South Dakota. Not having ordered anything, they were curious as to why it had shown up. When they opened the box there were five things inside. A long yellow envelope, a copy of Diablo, a black hat with Blizzard in blue printed on the front, a very large Diablo T-shirt, and a blue statue of Diablo that stand a little over a foot tall. Inside the envelope was a letter from Bill Roper, the producer of Diablo, that explained that I had been chosen for the drawing prize. (I will have an imgur link to pictures of the Diablo statue, me holding the letter, and the letter up close for you to read.) The letter basically explained that the prize for being chosen in this drawing, was to have your name in the game. I honestly feel that, because of my unique name, Blizzard saw my name on the postcard and thought it suited the character they were looking to name. But either way, it’s seriously cool. So if you ever wondered how Blizzard named Deckard Cain, you now know.