Sean Bean dying is old hat at this point and his addition as the first Elusive Target for HITMAN 2 was pretty funny in its own way. What's much less funny is that Twitter has banned a user who wrote about killing him according to VG 24/7.
HITMAN 2 has a feature called "Elusive Targets" much like the previous game in the series. These time-limited contracts give players a single chance to eliminate a particularly-challenging contract. Fail the job and you'll never get the opportunity to do so again.
Sean Bean voices former MI6 agent Mark Faba, a man known as "The Undying" who has faked his death multiple times. Players are keen on taking out the virtual version of the movie star and, of course, have tweeted about their escapades. Unfortunately, it seems that Twitter has interpreted some of this commentary as genuine threats.
Got banned for this reference to a conputer video game but I'm back now so Sean Bean better keep sweating pic.twitter.com/0lWt3MTLPN— PJ O'Reilly (@TheFatConsol3R) November 22, 2018
Death threats are a part of life in the online world and a number of websites take them quite seriously, often temporarily (or permanently) banning people who make them. The majority of them are utterly harmless trolls, but we've all seen our fair share of those rare instances where someone actually carries through on a threat and a tragedy occurs.
The issue in this particular case may come down to the fact that @TheFatConsol3r made use of Mr. Bean's real name as opposed to that of his character Mark Faba. Even so, Sean Bean has a reputation for dying in film that's above and beyond most other actors. He's acted in everything from big-budget titles like Goldeneye and The Lord of the Rings to smaller fare like the 1998 Robert DeNiro film Ronin, though he doesn't die in every movie that features him. (As an aside, if you haven't seen Ronin, watch it - it's an excellent film). The reveal of Bean as Mark Faba played into Sean Bean's reputation for dying in various works and is easily seen as a sort of metacommentary, especially with the nickname, 'The Undying' being particularly amusing with how often he ends up in films.
Twitter has since reversed the ban. A bit more investigation on their part might have revealed some context; past tweets show that this particular user is an avid gamer. Still, it's understandable that they would err on the side of caution. If you'd like to kill Sean B- er, Mark Faba yourself, you can get HITMAN 2 for the PC on Steam or the Humble Store for $59.99 or your regional equivalent. As for console players, you can get it physically at Amazon or digitally at the Microsoft Store for the Xbox One and at the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 4.
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