More Actors Provide Voice Talent In Video Games

Sony’s new real-time strategy Lords of EverQuest further confirms the trend that television and film actors are increasingly appearing in video games, usually as voice talent. Lords of EverQuest features quite a roster of film and TV talent, including John Rhy-Davies, Dwight Shultz and Ron Perlman.

Other high profile actors have voiced or appeared in video games – including Ray Liotta, Dennis Hopper, Burt Reynolds, Michael Madsen and Kyle MacLachlan in the Grand Theft Auto series along.

The breakthrough was some years ago with Hamill in the Wing Comander series. He has since gone onto star in many more video games, including dark Cloud 2, Soldier of Fortune II, Grandia Xtreme, and Batman Vengeance. This is possibly more than any other actor, but perhaps you could prove us wrong.

This gradual blurring between more traditional media acting jobs and video games shows greater acceptance of games as a valid art form.

Cast list for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Bill Black on casting actors in video games

Sony’s Lords of EverQuest site

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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?