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This is not something that I would typically post, but as a huge fan of voice actors this issue caught my attention.
First, a bit of an explanation of what the SAG-AFTRA is (from its Wikipedia site):
Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG–AFTRA) is an American labor union representing approximately 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, recording artists and radio personalities worldwide.
On Friday the SAG-AFTRA went on strike for the first time against a group of video game companies. These articles are from Variety.com‘s online site and are just two of a handful of articles about the strike:
I can only go on what I have seen in the online articles. The strike is still in its early stages. Voice actors are generally not as recognized or well-known as television or movie actors. Since we don’t see their faces, oftentimes we don’t see just how much work goes into what they do. It can be a challenge at times making sure that you receive the proper compensation for a job when, in the case of actors, etc., YOU are the actual product.
These are people who work extremely hard at their craft, dedicating themselves to perfecting their skills. We, their audience, have the pleasure of enjoying the result. What is being asked for in general terms, is the opportunity to be properly compensated when a video game is successful. The companies argue that SAG-AFTRA is not being reasonable in their expectations.
The team of creative talent that goes into making a video game is huge and voice actors are an important part of that. I don’t doubt that anyone supporting and participating in this strike would rather be in a studio right now than a picket line. It’s not something that is entered into lightly.
As a voice actor fan, I do find myself biased in support of the actors. They should receive proper compensation for their work because they are one of the big reasons why a video game is a success.
I will be interested to see how this all works out and how the acting and video game community as a whole responds to both the strike and its conclusion.
If you want to know just how much work goes into being a voice actor, I can recommend the documentary, I Know That Voice. It shows both familiar and maybe not so familiar faces who make up part of this huge industry. It focuses not just on cartoons and film but also video games. I haven’t checked recently, but Netflix Canada was carrying this for a while.
Now I like to game. Whether it is a video game or board game, in the privacy of my own home with friends I will give it a try. My problem is that well, I am just not that good. In a house with three strong gamers who definitely have that competitive edge that all gamers need, I am at a distinct disadvantage.
I typically see myself as an extrovert with a hint of shyness. Normally I will tackle something head on and will give anything new a try. Stick me in a room full of strangers at a party and I will mingle.
Except when it comes to any type of gaming.
If you put me in a room of die-hard gamers I will do my best to become invisible. Even without trying, gamers intimidate me. While I may smile and say “Sure, I will give it a try” I would much rather watch. That just goes to show that at any age, one will often give in to peer pressure rather than come across as a spoil sport.
I can count the number of times that I have tried a video game in public (typically at a convention) and I will only play a board game with strangers when coerced.
It’s funny. It’s assumed that since I like all things related to the geek culture that I am a gamer. Friends, or friends of friends think that if they place a game in front of me I will react with the same glee that I usually give to chocolate, caffeine and wine (3 of my favourite food groups 🙂 ).
I have talked before about the fact that we are all gamers, to one extent or another. That is true. My discomfort comes from gaming in front of others, especially people I don’t know and who are more qualified than I am. It’s intimidating. This became very apparent recently when my husband and I went to a cosplay/gaming-themed wedding (I only knew the bride and groom). It was wonderful but by the end of the night I wanted to crawl UNDER one of the gaming tables.
What’s funny is that my husband is just the opposite. At a party, he is the one that stands against the wall and watches. You put him in a room full of gamers however and he’s good to go. He and our boys will jump at the chance to try the latest video game at a convention, and he has considered trying for some of the tabletop competitions that we have seen.
It should come as no surprise then that he is better at gaming than I am.
Maybe that’s part of my problem. It’s like the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Honestly though, I just don’t have that competitive streak in me. Maybe one day I will just realize that the only person who really cares if I am any good at gaming or not, is me. Everyone else just wants to hang out.
Until then if you need me, I will be under the gaming table with a book.