The Last of Us 2 Actor Responds to Fan Hate

Published 07/04/2020, 12:13 PM EDT


Before starting off this topic, something needs to be said. We all know that video games have one of the most passionate fandoms. Excitement and involvement are nice but irrational fanaticism is not. Recently, Laura Bailey, the voice actor for Abby in The Last of Us 2 has recently experienced such outrageous fanaticism. She shared her experiences recently on Twitter.

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Video games provide the perfect momentary escape from our daily, mundane lives. For a period of time, we’re lost in another world. Being fans of such an impactful medium, we get really excited about our games. It is all nice and innocent until fans end up blurring the lines between reality and the game.

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Laura responds to The Last of Us 2 fan hate

Laura Bailey delivered a wonderful performance as Abby in The Last of Us 2. This is no surprise, as she is a talented voice actor and has worked in a few high-profile games from Halo 5 to Batman: The Telltale series. Now, Abby has been receiving quite a lot of hate from certain sections of the fans for a number of reasons and that is perfectly okay. But to actually send threats and hate comments to the voice actor of a fictional character is just overkill.

Of course, a lot of other voice actors showed her support on this tweet, and she thanked each one of them. But such incidents are meant to leave a scar on anyone.

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This is not what rational fans would do now, would they? Yet again, we have an example of how certain fanbases can turn toxic (again, not all of them). Usually, such toxicity is confined to multiplayer titles because of the high stakes usually involved. In any case, reaching out to the voice actor who played the role of a character you hated does not seem like a very mature thing to do.

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Samyarup Chowdhury

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Samyarup Chowdhury is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since June 2020. An avid gamer since his childhood, Samyarup has played many titles such as GTA Vice City, IGI, and FIFA, among others. Currently, he is a rather defensive fan of Valorant and the Assassin's Creed franchise.

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