For those of you who aren’t as involved in the industry or does not read a lot of video game related news after 2 years of negotiation between SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and the video game industry. The voice actors (Some of them) in the video games we are playing have gone on strike. This is actually old news as the strike has been ongoing for a month now, but I decided to touch on the subject after much thought and deliberation. Actors like William Salyers from Mass Effect 3, Grey Griffin from Batman: Arkham Knight, Erin Fitzgerald from World of Warcraft and David Hayter from Metal Gear Solid, have shown support for the strike.
Voice work is a huge part of the modern games industry and the hard work of these voice actors should be compensated fairly. Publishers are well known for taking advantage of performers and voice actors. If you consider that in a game like Call of Duty they only earn 0.03% of the entire game’s revenue. But let me play devil’s advocate for a moment. Voice work that goes into the final product is absolutely minuscule in comparisons to say the people who do the design and coding for video games. And unlike film or television where voice acting work can either make or break a show, video games are a bit different. With games, it’s all about the gameplay.
So after the dust has settled and everything is said and done, I have a few things I would like to say about The Video Game Awards, specifically how the people hosting it and the media seem to have lost touch with their fanbase and reality itself. I think I should address the elephant in the room first, or should I say the Japanese developer in the room. Remember when I spoke about “The Cult of Kojima“ well it was in full swing during The Game Awards ceremony of 2016. In what possibly could be the most cringe-worthy award and award speech in the history of the industry. The Doritos Pope Geoff Keighley gave what I can only describe as an overblown, ridiculous, and pretty cringe-worthy speech and award to his friend Hideo Kojima.
And why may you ask was Hideo Kojima deserving of this award? Well because know one knows why really other than the obvious fact the Geoff and Kojima are BFF’s. Don’t get me wrong Kojima deserves the respect and praise he receives, but he certainly isn’t God-Tier developer everyone makes him out to be. But giving him a “participation” trophy for doing nothing is complete and utter bullshit in my opinion. There are so many other game directors out there who have done way more for the development of the medium than Kojima and who get zero attention, and this award given to Kojima “just because” is a big giant middle finger to the developers by the awards and the industry. And these people wonder why they aren’t taken seriously anymore.
Posted in Gaming, Rants
Tagged Dark Souls 3, Doom, Geoff Keighley, Hideo Kojima, King of Fighters XIV, Overwatch, Street Fighter V, The Game Awards 2016, The Wticher, Titan Fall 2, Uncharted 4
You thought this was going to be a typical blog post, BUT IT WAS ME, DIO! (props to you if you got that joke) The Jojo series is…well, bizarre really – hell, it’s even in the name. Jojo can mean many things to different people; for some it can be seen as a parody of popular genres and tropes or as the manliest series they’ve ever seen. The series has been around since the late 80s, but to this day its influence is still being felt. It has spawned an anime series, a series of memes (cue “To Be Continued” meme) and video games just to name a few. What, then, is the appeal of Jojo and why has it been able to create such a large fan base over the years?
So first can I just say holy shit! All of the retarded crap that has happened over the course of 2016 has been washed away by a single video game trailer. For those of you who have been living under a rock the last 24 hours, Naughty Dog has released a trailer for The Last of Us 2. And honestly the manly man that I am watching the trailer had me welling up, they even included the ivy-covered window from the opening menu of the first game.
Warning what I am about to discuss is going to spoil the events of the first game and most likely the plot of the second game, so take this as a fair warning do not go beyond this point if you want the entire franchise spoiled for you.