Until there is a Video Game Voice Acting Hall Of Fame, we will have to make do with The Great Performances, an ongoing celebration of those thespian moments that could not be found in any other art form. Mostly because those other art forms have bigger talent budgets.
If Social Security is the “third rail” of national politics, sex is the third rail of video games. A few years ago, some nice folks at a little outfit called BioWare put a rather well-executed sex scene in their game, Mass Effect. It made sense, it wasn’t exploitive, and it could have gotten away with showing much more skin than it did. But the presence of blue alien sideboob proved too controversial, so in Mass Effect 2, the sex scenes were replaced with “fully clothed people wobbling atop each other” scenes.
Yet as Arthur Gameological pointed out to me during a recent cribbage match, there’s more than one way to be sexy in a video game. Take AquaNox, he said before I had a chance to change the subject. It pulses with sensuality, from the virile, bored monotone of hero Emerald “Dead-Eye” Flint to the lilting dog-whistle soprano of the subaquatic information trader Frog. “I should pay tribute to these masters of seduction with another of my documentary films,” he said, and so he did, and here it is.