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Game Characters, Voice Actors, and the Hand-Wringing Wrought by Re-casts

GIZORAMA - A couple of years ago, there was a gamer-led outcry unique from any other seen before: the character of Agent 47 would not be voiced by Hitman series bulwark David Bateson in the then-upcoming Hitman: Absolution. News of the change broke in June 2011 that Bateson had been forced to audition for the role for which he had already played four games, then was promptly declined in favor of a younger, more aggressive sounding actor.

Forums went haywire with the news. An article posted on InsideGamingDaily.com garnered comments such as, “No Bateson? Piratebay, here I come…” and “It’s painful enough to have to wait 4-5 years between each Hitman game. Worse, still, knowing that the series has been destroyed.” An online petition was even started that garnered over 3,500 signatures. As a result, a year later in August of 2012, Bateson would be reunited with the role. But why had ther...

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