There’s been a lot of talk out there about voice actors getting some more money from working on games. Now we could argue all day about whether this is a good move for the industry and the consumers, but I want to address two questions that have popped up among all this. Are voice actors greedy and can’t anyone right off the street do this stuff?
The answer is no and hell no.
People get antsy over the $695 for fours hours of work. That does seem like a lot until you realize that most of these folks get maybe 3 or 4 jobs a year. Very few of them are making any kind of living off this, no one is padding the mansion with hundred dollar bills. They just want some more money per session so maybe they get to not work that crappy second job they have to pay the bills.
And it’s not like their talents aren’t important. I mean how awesome is Hank Azaria on the Simpsons. Can you do Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Cletus, etc.? How iconic is James Earl Jones voice in Star Wars? Can the Joker get any creepier when Mark Hamill is doing his voice?
Now how many bad dubs have you laughed at in movies and games? Don’t you want it to get better? Then you have to pay so the good voice talent won’t be tempted into making that second job permanent.
That said, I’m not convinced this was a good move for the industry as a whole. I’m inclined to agree with the Grumpy Gamer that it pushes everything closer to Hollywood style – less risk taken because more money is involved. I just don’t want the voice actors villified for trying to get a little more credit when they have the power to do so.