Tijdens de Game Awards van dit jaar, georganiseerd door Geoff Keighley, slaagde Nolan North erin om de prijs voor de prestatie van het jaar te winnen voor zijn vertolking van Nathan Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Toen het tijd was om zijn prijs op het podium te ontvangen, slaagde hij erin een moment te nemen om niet alleen zijn vrouw en kinderen te bedanken Niet in kaart gebracht regisseurs Amy Hennig en Neil Druckmann, maar hij spreekt ook de olifant in de kamer aan in de vorm van #PerformanceMatters en de SAG-aanval die momenteel plaatsvindt.
There’s a video of Nolan’s acceptance speech up on The Game Awards YouTube-kanaal dat je hieronder kunt bekijken.
For the hearing impaired, North states…
“I want to thank a group of people at Naughty Dog — it’s them as a whole.
“I’m hearing a lot of talk lately about how ‘performance matters’… and it does. The performance of every designer, every programmer, every artist, every hard working talented person at that office – not only Naughty Dog but all the developers I’ve worked with, but Naughty Dog in particular […] – that performance is so important.
“[The developers] are so talented, they are so hard working, and… their performance matters more than mine. That’s important to understand in this day and age with all the talk going back and forth. Because without their performance, my performance would not only not matter, it wouldn’t exist.”
As Nolan uttered these words while holding back choked tears through glassy eyes, Insomniac Games’ CEO Ted Price let the hint of a slight smile crack upon his face, nodding ever-so-slightly at Nolan’s words.
It was a speech that acknowledged the one topic that hasn’t been discussed during the SAG strike: that games don’t exist without game developers.
SAG has been picketing out front of the offices of places like Electronic Arts, Insomniac Games and Warner Bros., but so far publishers haven’t given in to their demands.
Nolan North has previously been awfully quiet about the strike, but now we know exactly where he stands. A lot of gamers have found the strike to be quite silly given that voice actors still have relatively little pull when it comes to helping market the game. Every so often there’s stuff like Call of Duty: Uitgebreid Warfare en Verder dan twee zielen where the actor’s likeness and performance is actually used as a selling point, but beyond that most actors are there to lend their talents to creations put together by artists, engineers and designers.
SAG has yet to say how long the strike will go on, but publishers don’t seem to mind waiting it out.