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Video game voice actors are the stars of today’s entertainment - so why aren’t they treated as such?

Video game voice actors are the stars of today’s entertainment - so why aren’t they treated as such?

Polygon had great timing with this feature, considering all the hubbub that's been made of David Hayter's supposed absence from Metal Gear Solid 5. Does a voice actor make the game, or are they an asset to be thrown away and replaced at a whim? It's hard to picture anyone but our favorite actors performing the roles we've come to associate them with, but without the face time of Hollywood talent, can they pull the same weight?

We often hear the phrase that we need to "vote with our wallets" with regards to supporting or not supporting games, but more often than not, when that phrase comes up, the discussion is centered around game play features, shady business practices, or DRM. Gaming is a very strange medium in that it has relatively few public personalities, and even fewer of these people can have any sort of leverage over the work they're involved in.

It's a shitty situation where people don't always get the recognition they deserve, and this article is a fascinating dive into just that problem.