Voice Acting in Games
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 08:34 AM
effect on a video games audience. In fact not long ago I introduced the main evil character in an online MMO
game to his online audience and he was swamped with emails.. he never had a clue that they would know 'him'
and not just his character.
So which voice actors do you recognise? Which game do you think wouldn't be the same played by someone else.
(Jon St.Jon- Duke Nukem, seems a favourite to many)- Who are your favourites?
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 09:43 AM
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 05:55 PM
In games, I tend to powerfully dislike the voice actors used. They seem to either be like Patrick Stewart in Oblivion (there for all of 10 minutes) or Vanille from FFXIII (there way too damned much for how poor her voice acting skills were). Often I feel I would have preferred to read text boxes for dialogue than have to deal with voice acting poorly done.
It's really really easy to be a bad voice actor. It's easy to overact, hard to be consistent, hard to achieve any smoothness or flow to disjointed audio tracks jammed into scripted events, and you have absolutely nothing other than your voice to compensate for any problems. And if your voice is the problem, then you're stuck. It's also an easy place to cut costs by hiring someone cheap (read: terrible) or just call the tracks good enough even if they aren't.
That's not to say that there aren't really good voice actors; there are. But if 90% of the cast makes me slam on the mute button, I won't remember the two or three characters whose voices I loved very well.
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 08:35 AM
Strangely enough, the only two voice actors I can name off the top of my head that I can mostly recognize are Jim Cummings and Charles Adler. Jim Cummings voiced a lot of cartoon characters from the cartoons of my youth (in particular Dr. Robotnik from the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon, and Winnie the Pooh hilariously enough). Charles Adler voiced a lot of other characters (Snively from the same cartoon, as well as a number of other characters such as the purple thing from Aah! Real Monsters).
Actually, now that I think about it, unless I'm crazy, it sounded like Jim Cummings voiced the Master in Fallout.
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 08:42 AM
Yeah, I only notice whenever someone recognisable from elsewhere appears in a game, like Patrick Stewart in Oblivion or Stephen Merchant in Portal 2.
Patrick Stewart in Oblivion was the only example that came to mind of any recent game.
I've probably played different games that have the same voice actors between them, and not noticed.
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 09:07 AM
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:15 PM
However the best voice acting I've ever had the pleasure of listening to is the guy who voices Xenon the Antiquarian in Dragon Age 2's Black Emporium item market add-on. I would visit the place just to hear some of his lines. "DON'T!! Maaannhandalll.... the uuuurchiiin.....*grunt*... He's not... for ssssallleee......... FIND YOUR OWN!!!"
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:53 PM