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You may not know his name, but you’ve definitely heard his voice – Matthew Mercer is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable voices in video games. You might be most familiar with Matt as the best Dungeons and Dragons DM in the Western hemisphere on Geek & Sundry’s breakout Twitch show, Critical Role. But Mercer’s voice acting resume is a thing to behold with a long string of blockbusters, indie gems, and animation under his belt.
Mercer got his start as an English walla artist in Japanese anime, appearing in Akira, the Sailor Moon series, Cowboy Bebop, and Trigun . In 2002, he made his first credited appearance in a PS2 video game called Pryzm Chapter 1: The Dark Unicorn as Zartu. Since then, Mercer has gone on to appear in more than 132 video games over the past 14 years of his career. His resume is so prolific, it doesn’t matter which platform you prefer, chances are, you’ve encountered his voice along the way. If you’re a PC gamer, you may have faced him in vanilla WoW as Mordresh the Fire Eye and as Halion the Twilight Destroyer in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. In fact, Matt has appeared as different characters in every WoW expansion in the game’s history with the exceptions of Burning Crusade and Cataclysm. But just because he didn’t appear in those doesn’t mean Blizzard didn’t still love him – Mercer has also appeared in Diablo III and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. And right at this very moment, you could be playing Blizzard’s newest hit, Overwatch as Mercer’s character, the western gunslinger, McCree. It’s safe to say, the Blizzard universe of games just wouldn’t be the same without Matthew Mercer.
Horror game fans know Matt as the voice of Leon S. Kennedy in Resident Evil 6. If FPSs are your thing, he was the human male voice in Destiny and you may have chosen him as your companion (and possibly your romantic interest) in Fallout 4 where he voiced the mercenary with a heart, MacCready. Is your game collection packed with fighting games? Well, Matt appeared as Stryker in Mortal Kombat (2011). If you like superhero games, you’ve heard him in Deadpool, Batman Arkham Origins, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man Unlimited, just to name a few. On the horizon for Matt, is the follow up to the XboxOne hit Titanfall 2 where he’ll be voicing Jack Cooper and Minecraft Story Mode – A Telltale Games title.
Matthew Mercer’s talent as a voice actor has helped shape some of the best video games of our time. His performances have touched and terrified us, he’s made us swoon, made us jump, and made us cheer with heroic glee. We look forward to seeing (and playing) everything he does in the future. Until then, you can check out Matt on Thursday nights at 7PM Pacific on Geek and Sundry’s Twitch channel for Critical Role. And if you’re interested in learning more about Matt, his career and his nuggets of wisdom about how to get into voice acting as a career, check out this fantastic interview from Mouthful of Toast. And remember, kids – #PerformanceMatters
Until next time, Game On!