I was chatting with one of the voice actors from the game “BioShock” recently and happened to ask him if he had played the game.
The answer may astound you!
Do voice actors play the games (video games or PC games) that their voices are featured in?
Late last week, I had an extremely entertaining phone call and interview to be published on VOX Talk this week with Peter O’Connell, one of the voice actors in the #1 video game of the year, BioShock. While we were talking, I asked him about his experiences developing his character, recording the voice overs, and about other elements concerning the game.
Turns out, Peter, although he played a voice acting role in the game, has not as of yet played the game.
I was somewhat surprised, but after some thought quickly realized that there is a major difference between voice acting in a video game and being on camera in a film – voice actors generally do the work but do not have the opportunity presented to them to celebrate the playing of the video or computer games that they perform in unlike on camera actors who can watch screenings of their work when it is presented in cinemas.
The most significant reason (from what I can tell) for this is because it is far easier and more economical to passively watch something than it is to actively run out, buy a gaming console, setup the console and eventually play the game. Playing the game will also take a certain amount of skill and comes with a learning curve as well, making it harder, complicated and a more time consuming (some of these games have 40 hours of playing time from start to finish in them) task to accomplish.
If you’re a video game voice actor or a voice actor who has voiced computer / PC games, I’d love to hear about your experiences.
Have you ever played the games that you have voice acted in? Why or why not?
Looking forward to your reply,