Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 29] : If They’d Gone to Video Game High School, They Would Know This

Video Game High School

This week, we start the show with ponderings about some of the stranger media we’ve been consuming. We talk anime boyfriends who will talk you to sleep and crying in K-dramas, and somehow we completely gloss over the Reverend’s newly discovered snake woman fetish. We take a little time to explain a pleasantly strange little game called Roundabout, and Josh explains his experience with SOMA, which he finally played. He has a few complaints, folks.

After the break, we explore our most requested topic to date: video game voice acting. We start with the crazy world of voice synthesis and the mysterious deaths surrounding the Berzerk arcade game. (You can read more about the Berzerk deaths here.)

We’ve also got a lot to say about the history of voice acting and how it’s evolved through the years. We get into celebrity voice actors, including the wonderful Tim Curry, and how modern voice actors are becoming their own type of celebrity. Obviously, we shine a big 0l’ spotlight on the bottomless talent of Nolan North.

If that’s still not enough for you, we’ve managed to dig up some insider info on why PSOne-era voice acting was so hilariously awful (Retrovolve has an article about that too!)

Whip those ears into shape, folks, we’re about to dump some facts into them!

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Josh (The Forward Thinker)

Rev. Rebecca Nathaniel (The Nostalgic Alcoholic)

Julian (The Moderator)

Mandi (The Lead Research Specialist)

For a complete list of games mentioned in this episode, check out the Half-Glass Gaming website.

Plus, don’t forget to stop back next week: New episodes air every Wednesday.

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  • Listening to it again, you can actually hear the female voice actor stressing the pronunciation of Dr. Wiley. It is almost as if she was politely trying to say to that old codger, “This is how you say Dr. Wiley. It is absolutely not Dr. Wowry!”. Plus Josh’s 30’s slickster-style voice is priceless.

  • Jimmy Mamatas

    Great episode! I prefer to imagine my own voices for characters, but as I’ve stated, I have old fashioned tastes. I always enjoy learning more about the history of gaming.

    • When I was a kid growing up in the 80’s and 90’s well before voice acting, my brother and I would do all of the voices ourselves. We would do accents and lady-style voices, it added another level to the adventure as we were more intimately involved that way. Voice acting today has definitely gotten very strong and noteworthy, but I do miss those good old days.

      • Jimmy Mamatas

        Yes, my brother and I would do the same. I can’t do that these days (as I’d be talking to myself) but I miss being able to make up whatever sort of voice I’d like. It was a bit jarring to see so many characters with American accents when I’d imagined them otherwise for years.

        • That’s interesting, I never thought of that. Although I am an American we always liked doing fake Euro accents, I was especially at a Sean Connery-type rogue. I’m pretty sure we always mispronounced Japanese character name though. A lot of the times we would just give everyone American names like Jim or Jack. Those were the days.

  • mako33

    The voice acting in Resident Evil really wasn’t that bad, it was bad writing/translating. Of course, REmake is still better in ever way.

    • Elizabeth Thompson

      No, it was also bad voice acting. The actors enunciated things oddly, emphasized words in weird places, etc.

      That said, whether it was on purpose or completely by accident, they managed to make it feel exactly like a B-Horror or SF movie. Which was the feel of the entire game. So while one could say that the voice acting (and the writing, and the translating) was objectively bad, I really do feel like it fit the aesthetics of the game. Which, in a round about way, makes it *good*.

      – The Reverend

  • Specter

    I thought first person anime would be a shooter lol I wouldn’t watch that other crap.

  • Tyrant Fluffy Pants

    Remeber when they did that laugh in FF10 and it sounded so bad? I laughed so hard I cried. I think Soulsborne games have some really good voice acting, like Marvaleous Chester and Stockpile Thomas. It really makes the atmosphere feel better.

  • Jdcomix

    Is the clip at the beginning from the Sude51 game “Michigan”? That game takes the cake for all time in the hilarious voice acting department.

    • Yup, it’s Brisco from Michigan: Report from Hell.

      • Jdcomix

        Yes that’s the game! I saw a LP of it and it was the funniest thing I’ve ever watched. I like when the guy does the news team rap.

  • Andy Reierson

    Roundabout wails!

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