The gaming industry has presented various voiceover performances throughout the years after it was first introduced in Disney’s “Dragon’s Lair” in 1983. Since then, the voiceover in video games has developed into incredible lifelike experiences. It includes the player in a whole new way and today it can make or break the experience of a game. The gaming community is highly attentive when it comes to voice acting in a new AAA game. AAA games, or triple A games, are games from the biggest gaming companies in the world. They have bigger budgets and other ressources and therefore there are higher standards for their audience. And they will react upon it if it doesn’t meet their expectations! Be sure of that!
Voiceover in games
Voiceover and voice acting in games are different from ordinary acting in movies. In movies it’s a passive experience where you just lean back and watch the actors do the work. In video games it’s an interactive experience where you play and, in some cases, determine yourself how the storyline progresses. This is based on your in-game choices and that makes you the story maker. Therefore, it is expected that the dialogue makes sense, and the right emotions are clear.
The narrator role
Another type of voiceover is the narrator role, where it doesn’t follow a certain character in a game. This type of voiceover needs to inform the player of the storyline, the rules, how to play the game, and progress during the game. The narrating voice actor must be skilled in maintaining the attention of the player since the player typically wants to get started playing as quickly as possible.
The voice actors need to create a believable and conversational delivery for the characters and that can be difficult! To be able to follow the character and their emotions, energy and attitudes and make each dialogue able to stand on its own is a rare skill. Here’s an example of a voiceover performance that follows the character to perfection!
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Games on your smartphone
The demand for mobile video games has increased over the years. More or less than 50 % of all mobile users open a gaming app during a week and there are more than 2.2 billion mobile gamers worldwide. Voiceover is a part of these types of games and since the demand is growing, the demand for high-quality voiceover experiences would not be unexpected. And mobile games are a huge thing in Japan. There, in the land of the rising sun, mobile games has taken a new interesting turn!