If you’ve played some of the moste notable games released in 2013 or 2014, chances are they were voiced by Troy Baker. He was Joel in The Last of Us, Booker in Bioshock:Infinite,& many more. Needless to say his resume shows off his versatility.
From his Bio:
Texas native Troy Baker has recently risen to be one of the most prolific actors in video games. In 2013 alone, his performances included “Joel” in Game of the Year, The Last of Us, “Booker DeWitt” in Bioshock Infinite and “The Joker” in Batman: Arkham Origins. Baker has received several nominations and awards including Spike’s VGX, DICE and BAFTA. He was also featured in Entertainment Weekly’s “Best of 2013” issue. In 2014, Troy solidified his reputation as one of the gaming industry’s most prolific actors, starring in many of D.I.C.E’s top nominated games. These games include Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor with a total of 9 nominations, including a nomination in the coveted “Game of the Year” category. Far Cry 4 received 7 nominations, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare received 5 and inFamous Second Son received 4.
If you played Bioshock:Infinite and did some exploring, you may have come across this touching scene where Booker finds a guitar and Elizabeth sings “Will the circle be unbroken”
The reason Troy Baker is our pick for Nerdy Tunes Thursday this week is because besides voicing some of gaming’s most notable protagonists, he’s also put out an album titled Sitting in the Fire. The name for the album came from his friend Bill Willingham, during a period of Troy’s life where he was partying and potentially spiralling out of control. One day Bill sat Troy down and said:
You need to understand that there is a fire that is burning right now. All these problems, all this situation, everything you’ve been through the last 6 months, this is a fire, and if you will just sit in it, it will make you stronger, but you keep running away from it.
He learned how to grow from it, and likens it to forging steel, where he came out stronger and sharper for it. The album is described as “an eclectic offering of rock n’ roll that seamlessly blends the electronic and organic, revealing strong influences of early U2, INXS, Muse and Jeff Buckley”. Growing up some of his favorite albums were recorded in unconventional or nontraditional locations, away from the studio, like RadioHead’s OK computer was recorded at Jane Seymour’s castle. So that inspired him to record his album in a 5,000 sq ft, 2 story cabin over the course of several days.
In a recent visit to The GameOver Greggy Podcast, Troy talks about the process and his earliest memories of his favorite music:
BONUS: Here’s the scene from Bioshock:Infinite!