Even before the launch of The Last of Us 2, the game has seen a lot of hate from certain members of the gaming community. There has been a bit of controversy, leaks, and more. Now, the director of The Last of Us 2, Neil Druckmann, has shown some of the hate mail he has received and responded to the online harassment. Druckmann, is the Vice President of Naughty Dog, but this doesn’t mean he is immune to hate mail from disgruntled fans, as evidenced by the recent death threats Laura Bailey, the voice actress for Abby, has been given. Late yesterday afternoon, Drunkmann came out to share some of the hate mail he has received, which not only includes death threats, but transphobic, homophobic, anti-Semitic, and racist comments.
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More assault allegations surface and effect huge names in gaming in both the Smash communities but a caster for Call of Duty, a voice actor in The Last of Us 2 is now facing death threats alongside the Vice President of Naughty Dog, and a brush fire cut into one of the most important matches of Overwatch from this previous weekend’s Summer Showdown tournament.
A warning, some of the language contained here is going to offensive, but we are leaving it uncensored to show the harassment that people are forced to endure.
Man. I try to only post positive stuff on here… but sometimes this just gets a little overwhelming. I blacked out some of the words cuz, ya know, spoilers.
Side note. Thank you to all the people sending me positive messages to balance it out. It means more than I can say.❤️ pic.twitter.com/kGyULWPpNu
— Laura Bailey (@LauraBaileyVO) July 3, 2020
As you can see, it’s not just general “I don’t like this game” hate. It’s direct, racist, and shameful stuff that I can’t bring myself to read to you. As Neil said “You can love or hate the game and share your thoughts about it. Unfortunately, too many of the messages I’ve been getting are vile, hateful, and violent.”
Druckmann has since received a ton of positive support from big names in the industry, including Cory Barlog, the creative director of Santa Monica Studio, responsible for the iconic God of War franchise. He’s also gotten support from Laura Bailey saying that Druckman had obviously gotten ten times the amount of death threats that she did. It’s a shame that in 2020 we are still having to debate whether or not people should be being harassed on the internet because people are angry at a product that somebody created.
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