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The Last Of Us Part II has proven itself to be a divisive game, there's no doubt about that. But there seem to be two entirely separate factions of people who have taken against Naughty Dog's latest effort.
There are those who have entirely valid criticisms of the game. These folk dislike The Last Of Us Part II because of the way the game tells its story, the length, shocking violence, and other gameplay features they feel don't quite work. Do I agree with a lot of this? No, but I totally get where these guys are coming from.
Unfortunately, there's another group of gamers who don't like The Last Of Us Part II for entirely different reasons. A lot of these people don't actually seem to have played the game, but have nevertheless rushed to Metacritic to slam it with a 0/10.
This group are mostly angry that the story isn't what they wanted it to be, and that Naughty Dog is pushing an "SJW agenda" (whatever that means) by... having Ellie embark on her journey with a bisexual Jewish woman. These people are morons, just in case you weren't sure.
Sadly these people also have a habit of shouting the loudest and longest, forcing The Last Of Us Part II director Neil Druckmann to directly address the internet haters who have taken things too far. Speaking on former Nintendo boss Reggie Fils-Aime's podcast, Druckmann reiterated that he expected the game would be divisive, but is incredibly alarmed at just how vitriolic a lot of people have gotten in response to fictional characters.
"I think you have to create some separation to say, we made this game, we believe in this game, we're proud of this game, now it's out there and it's like whatever reaction people have--whether they like it or not--that's fair," Druckmann said. "That's their reaction and you don't fight that.
"The other thing with the more hateful stuff, the more vile stuff, that's a little harder. It's especially harder when I see it happening to team members or cast members who play a particular character in the game. We have an actor, she's been getting really awful, vile stuff because of a fictional character she's playing in the game.
"I just have a hard time wrapping my mind around that. The thing I try to do is just ignore it as much as I can. When things escalate to being serious, there are certain security protocols that we take and I report it to the proper authorities. Then you just try to focus on the positives and focus on distracting yourself with other stuff. But it's kind of just the reality."
I'd hope that most of you reading this can agree that attacking an actor for playing a character is not, and has never been okay. Whether you like The Last Of Us Part II or hate it with a fiery passion, maybe we need to just try and move on. After all, it's just a video game.
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