Voice-overs in gaming have gone such a long way over the last few decades. It all started with the Intellivision console, which introduced Intellivoice in the early 1980s. It was a voice synthesis device built for games with speech support. However it wasn’t a big success and was phased out shortly.
The very first game featuring human voices was Disney’s iconic „Dragon’s Lair” arcade game. Those early voice-overs were recorded by the game’s developers to avoid extra costs.
As videogames evolved and became more and more advanced, the need for a good plot, well-rounded characters with authentic personalities araised. Thanks to that, voice acting became an important part of video games.
Although today’s gaming voice-overs – well in most cases where there is sufficient funding – are sophisticated, authentic and give the characters a much-needed personality, it wasn’t always like that. The early gaming voice-overs were clumsy at best, and laughable at worst. But they definitely left us with some fun or even cringy memories.
To give you an overview of how gaming voice-overs have evolved, we collected some voice acting in video games, starting from the 90s all the way to 2020.
Watch out, the videos might contain spoilers!