And whoever said petitions in the gaming world are useless? After seeing the Max Mad property wrested away from Aussie culture at E3, the community over at Ausgamers succeeded in convincing the developers - via petition - to give Max an Aussie accent. With all the attention that created, Donal Gibson - a professional voice actor and also Mel Gibson's brother - wants the role. He's even recorded a voice demo, and it pretty damn impressive.
There was resistance, at first, to the idea of Avalanche Studios changing their artistic direction. But Ausgamers won that battle, and now they're on to the next one.
Donal Gibson and Australian director Jamie Blanks contacted Ausgamers directly, in the hopes that their vocal community could take this idea to the next stage. The challenge, now, is to get Avalanche to listen. Again.
It would of course be ideal if an Australian did the work, but Gibson's accent is just about flawless. Certainly nowhere near Pacific Rim territory. You can head over to Ausgamers to hear the demo, and the call is out to let Avalanche know on their Facebook page and Twitter that they can relax, because part of the casting has already been done for them.