With games on current generation consoles blurring the lines between Hollywood-style epic narratives and conventional gameplay, the voice actors behind the lead characters in our favorite games can be crucial to the overall experience.
Even with the video game industry enjoying consistent growth while the movie industries try to re-invent themselves, the actors so crucial to the success of these games still don’t get the type of love Hollywood actors get.
There are obvious reasons voice actors for the most part aren’t elevated to mainstream celebrity status. On one hand, it’s understandable average players don’t associate the voice of their favorite character with the voice actor, given the fact that, unlike a movie, they’re not actually staring at the actor’s face for two hours. Of course, the “acting” isn’t the main entertaining aspect of a game; the gameplay is.
The question is, how important are these voice actors to the overall experience of a game?