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FEATURE INTERVIEW:(Starts at 6:00 We talk to Raphael Sbarge AKA the voice of Kaidan Alenko in the Mass Effect series all about the heights and pitfalls of voice acting and we go indepth into the Mass Effect franchise. Find out everything you wanted to know about Kaidan and Bioware.

 

Highlights

Hear the affect and tonal changes that Raphael Sbarge draws from to create the voice of Kaidan Alenko.

(Starts at 29:12)

Raphael has been an integral part of the Mass Effect franchise since the beginning. As the voice of Kaidan Alenko, Sbarge outlined what it was like to meet the facial model who depicts Kaidan in the series. (Starts at 24:99)

“I  had lunch with Luciano Costa (after meeting him though my non-profit worked) we sat and talked for a long time, just a lovely guy. We realized we  just had to get a picture, so I turned to the person next to me, guy with glasses hunched over his phone.

He was happy to do it… I mentioned that we are both in the same video game together. I play the voice and he’s the face. This is the first time we met.

He asked what game? Sort of an indie thing?

I said yeah well sort of, have you heard of the game, “Mass Effect”?

He said ….yeah

Do you know a character named Kaidan Alenko?

Yeah….

We’ll he’s the face of it and I’m the voice of it.

He began screaming OH MY GODD! The picture of it is out on my twitter feed, just Luciano and I out at a coffee shop.

 

It wasn’t until Mass Effect 3 when Bioware offered same sex romances options for players that a measure of equality was reached. Sbarge goes into detail as to why this was important not only for the game, but for the industry in general. (Starts at 31:20)

 

 ”I was thrilled when they introduced the Homosexual romance options in Mass Effect 3 just because obviously there was a huge audience. I spoke to the developers about it, they said they provided so many different choices we were proud of, to be really honest it was just another piece of extra content that didn’t make the final cut in the other games.

What’s amazing about the game for people is that you can cross gender! You can play through in any capacity you want, imaginatively for any of us that’s a huge factor in the experience. All of the opportunities and complexities are fascinating, and that’s what games allow to go down the rabbit hole and explore it.

As far as relationships, the writing is so wonderful. Dealing with issues of rank, emotionality and a sense of separation in Mass Effect 2. As I understand it, more women began play video games as a results of Mass Effect, I think because of these romance elements.”

Finally Raphael does make comment on the ending of Mass Effect 3, how he believes fans received it and what lies ahead for Mass Effect 4. (Will he playing Kaidan’s Great Great Grandfather?(Starts at 18:10)

 

“It was done, and people flipped out.  What was so interesting about that is  Bioware responded, they took it really soulfully to heart and really addressed it. Speaking to the fans and created that other additional content to play through other areas of the game.

Even though on the one hand it was incredibly sad not just for the fans but the people who spent a decade working on this game, but there is something in the fact it’s over. That makes it very precious in a way. It almost makes it more special and remarkable, that folks were part of Mass Effect. That elite club of millions.

That’s not to say that there isn’t sadness but it’s being felt by gamers and developers but they said publicly there will be Mass Effect 4. “

Mark Meer

 

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