Voice acting isn’t a totally new convention in gaming but it’s become essential nowadays. How jarring is it to buy a new release and discover that you still have to read it for yourself? I mean, who reads any more? Yet despite the prevalence of modern day voice acting, it can still be a hit or miss. Voice actors can make or break a scene, a moment, a storyline, heck, even a whole game. And it’s been a plague that’s come around now and then for a while…
So thank your lucky Cheerios that video game developers have taken to attracting voice actors who are actually actors first and foremost. These are people with characteristic and unique voices that act their parts rather than merely read lines. They save games. Therefore…
“Who is your Favorite Video Game Voice Actor?“
The Timely Mage
There are so many talented voice-actors out there which makes it extremely difficult to pick just one but if I had to pick one I’d say Nolan North. Not only does he have such a great range but his portrayals are always very authentic. He’s also probably the best one known for bringing video game voice-acting into the limelight by giving a face and (incoming pun) “voice” to this important role. However I just wanted to note if I were going to include anime and cartoons I would probably have picked Laura Bailey who also does great voice-acting in video games but I liked most of Nolan’s game characters a bit more.
The Black Humor Mage
David Hayter is my favorite voice actor for the sole reason that he performs as my favorite voice in video games: Solid Snake. It’s a really distinct voice with the over-the-top gruff you want all your action heroes to have.
The Rage Mage
Did you know Lance Bass of Spice Girls voiced Sephiroth on Kingdom Hearts? I know. Don’t worry. I laughed till I peed myself too. That makes the silver-haired Sephora not at all scary. Sorry, Lance. Make better career decisions.
The Green Screen Mage
Keith David, just overall in video games and the like. He plays the Arbiter in Halo, my favorite character in my favorite series. I could listen to his voice all day long.
The White Out Mage
Haha whoever it was who voiced Donkey Kong on Mario Kart 64! “Iurr Iurr Iurr!”
The Well-Red Mage
Charles Martinet came so close to top spot for being the voice of childhood glee. But I gave my pick to the voice of the greatest comic book villain in history: Mark Hamill as the Joker, appearing in the Arkham series and based on Batman: the Animated Series.
Who knew that the innocent Skywalker could play the Clown Prince of Crime so well? That man’s vocal range is ridiculous and he mastered the character, able to go from playful whimsy to menacing, irredeemable evil in a mere moment. Plus, how many voice actors do you know of that can spell the name of the game they appear in with their own name?