Real-Life Colm O’Driscoll Sent Hate Mail From Red Dead Redemption 2 Fans
In the 12 days since Red Dead Redemption 2 released, Rockstar Games has managed to engage the gaming community in a way other studios could only dream of, breaking numerous sales and ratings records along the way.
You could say its the success is a direct result of the immense sense of realism captured within the prequel, or the fact that there's combat and missions waiting around every corner - literally. But if you ask any gamer why they like Red Dead 2, there's no doubt that playable and non-playable characters will get a few mentions, whether they love them or hate them.
From Arthur Morgan and Dutch van der Linde to the town drunk and a woman randomly trapped under a horse, each character plays a crucial role in telling the Western story, especially those we face in the battlefield, AKA the filthy piss-filled streets of 1899.
Take one of the game's main antagonists, for example. You can't look at Colm O'Driscoll without wanting to punch his scrawny little face in, but most of us reserve our hatred for the cowboy in question to the game itself.
The same can't be said for everyone, though, as some players are so engrossed with Rockstar's latest that they're on the hunt for O'Driscoll at all times - even in real life.
Yes indeed, gamers have found a living, breathing Colm O'Driscoll who currently resides in Ireland, and he's received all sorts of stick thanks to Red Dead 2 - which he's never played because he doesn't have an Xbox One or PS4.
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As noted in his tweet above, a number of Red Dead 2 fans sent "hate mail" to the real Colm O'Driscoll via Twitter and Instagram, and some really didn't hold back.
He's now resorted to blocking anyone who sends offensive messages, such as those explaining what they'd do if they ever saw Colm in the street. But thankfully, he's not been too bothered by all the negative attention.
Colm told Eurogamer: "I find the whole thing kinda funny, but the messages are starting to get annoying. A little part of me worries that some of these people are so emotionally invested in the game that they're starting to lose perception of what's real and what isn't."
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