Tara Strong  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Tara Strong  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 5 of the Best Voice Actors in Games https://www.gameskinny.com/yqv6h/5-of-the-best-voice-actors-in-games https://www.gameskinny.com/yqv6h/5-of-the-best-voice-actors-in-games Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:58:55 -0400 Aaron Grincewicz

Since I was very young, I recognized certain voices on my favorite shows as being performed by the same person.  As I got older, I learned just how talented these actors are.  One great example is Hank Azaria of The Simpsons, who voices at least a dozen regular characters like, Moe, Chief Wiggum, and The Comic Book Guy. Needless to say, The Simpsons has one of the greatest casts in history. Seth Macfarlane, the creator of Family Guy, is also an insanely versatile voice actor.

As great as those actors are, they are well known. It's often the ones who don't appear on TV that have the longest resumes. For those reasons, and more, I support these actors in the SAG-AFTRA strike.  Some of their voices (like Homer Simpson) pop in my head when I think of just about anything, making it tough to imagine a world without them.  It might seem like an insignificant thing to lose but for me, and many others, they've been a big part of my life. 

In recent years, video games like Call of Duty have started using well-known actors from movies and TV. While this makes the games more like blockbuster movies, there isn't always a guarantee that the actor will give the same Emmy-winning performance in a game as out. Veteran voice actors sometimes don't have the red carpet looks to be motion-captured in games, but they set the bar for the screen actors trying to step into their shoes. So without any further delay, I'll name five of the best voice actors in games today.

#1: John DiMaggio

Games he is best known for; Gears of War series (voice of Marcus Fenix).

Also known for; Futurama (voice of Bender), Adventure Time (voice of Jake the Dog).

"I don't like it when celebrities get voice work. But then again, if I was the producer, I wouldn't want a bunch of no-names doing my show and have to worry about word-of-mouth. I see both sides of the story."


#2: Jen Taylor

Games she is best known for; Halo franchise (voice of Cortana), Left 4 Dead (voice of Zoey).

 Also known for; the voice of Cortana on Microsoft devices. 

"You know, when I was initially cast, something the guys at Bungie said to me was, 'This character is in your head all the time. She is your best guide and the best aid that you have — the only guide and the only aid really. So we don’t want her to sound naggy, we don’t want her to be a pain.' They wanted her to be like the girl next door, your best friend that you want to hang out with.

And she's that and so much more because she is so smart. Obviously, she knows more than we could possibly know. It's always fun to play a character that is powerful in that way."


#3: Mark Hamill 

Games he is best known for; Batman: Arkham series (Voice of The Joker).

Also known for; Star Wars (Luke Skywalker), voice of The Joker in DC Animation.

"I never saw myself as much of an actor. I wanted to be a cartoonist like Charles M. Schulz and create my own world and be able to have a studio at home and not commute and be able to be with my family. I just didn't have the skills to pull that off and so I've gravitated toward theater because I like all of it."

 #4: Troy Baker

Games he is best known for; The Last of Us (voice of Joel), BioShock Infinite (voice of Booker Dewitt), Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (voice of Ocelot), Far Cry 4 (voice of Pagan Min).

Also know for; Voice of The Joker in several DC Animation productions.

"I don't ever want it to be about me. A friend of mine told me, 'The difference between fame and notoriety is fame is when people know you, and notoriety is when people know your work.' The first one is not respectable, but the second one is, because that leaves a legacy."

  #5: Nolan North

Games he is best known for; Uncharted Series (voice of Nathan Drake), Assassin's Creed Series (voice of Desmond Miles), Shadow Complex (voice of Jason Flemming), Batman: Arkham Series (voice of The Penguin), Destiny (voice of Ghost).

Also known for; General Hospital (Chris Ramsey '97-'03), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Nickelodeon (voice of The Kraang), extensive work with Marvel.

"The Penguin from Batman: Arkham City is a real departure from what I'm most known for. People actually didn't realize it was me. That's the one thing about doing voice over work that people don't realize, and you can interview anybody in this industry, you have to be a good actor as well as having a good voice."

There are several more notable voice actors worthy of mention, but the ones I've listed have the most extensive resumes, acting range, and well-known games.  Their performances often help make the games they are in great.  I should also mention Kevin Conroy (voice of Batman), Tara Strong (voice of Harley Quinn, Twilight Sparkle, etc.), Frank Welker (he has possibly the longest voice acting resume being the voice of Scooby-Doo), and Peter Cullen (voice of Optimus Prime).

Celebrity voice actors are often used to spruce up a marquee, and attract attention, but it's the career voice actors whose names you might not know, that often bring life to the characters they portray.  After reading this article, I hope you'll take notice of the credits from your favorite games, and animation.  You might notice the same names appearing dozens of time, often for more than one voice.

Batman: Arkham Knight Voice Cast Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/04xff/batman-arkham-knight-voice-cast-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/04xff/batman-arkham-knight-voice-cast-revealed Mon, 11 May 2015 20:15:08 -0400 Charly Mottet

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment revealed on May 7th the voice actors behind the biggest characters of Batman: Arkham Knight.

Some have not changed since the first two games - Kevin Conroy is coming back as the Batman, Tara Strong will be Harley Quinn, Nolan North is the voice of The Penguin and Troy Baker will be voicing Two-Face. 

New voices will be heard in Batman: Arkham Knight, among which fans of AMC's Breaking Bad and/or Better Call Saul will be able to recognize Jonathan Banks' voice behind Commissioner James Gordon. Twilight saga actress Ashley Greene will be voicing Barbara Gordon, the police commissioner's daughter. John Noble from Sleepy Hollow and Fringe is Scarecrow, and Scott Porter from Hart of Dixie is voicing Nightwing. 

The actor who will be voicing Batman's main nemesis, The Arkham Knight, has yet to be revealed.

Who is Batgirl?

We have announced the release of the DLC allowing gamers to play as Batgirl, but people keep asking about her character, and who is behind it. To answer the question, game director Sefton Hill tweeted: 

The Dark Knight's adventure continues June 23rd on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC

Things Are Going to Get Very Vocal in Little Big Planet 3 https://www.gameskinny.com/i0ooe/things-are-going-to-get-very-vocal-in-little-big-planet-3 https://www.gameskinny.com/i0ooe/things-are-going-to-get-very-vocal-in-little-big-planet-3 Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:36:49 -0400 Jay Prodigious

We all love the silent protagonist act. The strong silent types and the quirky mute heroes always inspire joy and excitement. From an immersion standpoint, silent protagonists allow the player to get farther into character and feel like they are the ones saving the world. 

You Just Can't Beat a Great Cast of Voice Actors

Developer Sumo Digital decided to take Little Big Planet 3 in a whole new direction with regards to its voice acting. While the narrator, voiced by Stephen Fry , has always been a constant element in the LBP series, the third installment wants to add more voices to aid the Creator Curators.

Fry, known for his British comedy stylings and a fair amount of narrative work in video games, will be joined by a few more heavy-hitters this time around.

Hugh Laurie (of House M.D.) will be joining his old comedy partner to voice the game's main villain. Laurie plays Newton, a mischievous and a mildly crazy person who wants to destroy Sack Boy and the world he inhabits. Newton is best described as a blacklight bulb who dons a villanous cloak and a bowler hat that appears to be made from an old egg timer. 

Check out these images of Newton below, provided by the Little Big Planet Community Playstation Blog:

Laurie and Fry are not the only voices to star in Little Big Planet 3. According to the blog, there will be more characters and NPCs in this game, so the developers "needed a wonderful array of voices to help bring all these characters to life."

Who else is in this wonderful array? Lots of big names. 

  • Peter Serafinowicz (Pete in Shaun of the Dead & Denarian Saal in Guardians of The Galaxy)
  • Simon Greenall (British comedian credited with several voice parts in Tomb Raider II.)
  • Nolan North (Nathan Drake in the Uncharted series, Deadpool in Deadpool, and the Black Hand in Shadow of Mordor)
  • Tara Strong (Paz in Metal Gear Solid V, Rikku in Final Fantasy X)

With an impressive cast so far and teasers for more to come, we can be sure the world of Little Big Planet will definitely be a lot louder than it ever was before. 

Little Big Planet 3 is scheduled to release November 18th on PS3 and PS4.