I was listening to some Giant Bomb Last Of Us coverage the other day and I Ryan Davis did something interesting. In talking about the game, he referred to the characters in the game, not as the name of the character, but by the name of the actor who portrayed the character.
This is a really common thing that people do with movies. In fact, it's common for people to see entire movies and not come to learn the names of the characters. It's not unheard of for people, use the actors name interchangeably with the characters name when discussing a film. Like, for instance, Patrick saying Independence Day was about Will Smith and Jeff Goldblume saving the world from aliens.
My question is, is this a watershed moment in games? Is it going to be more and more common for the actors who portray characters to become personalities in and of themselves? Does this take away from the story a game is trying to tell? Or is it a testament to the technology involved that people can recognize individuals even through the digital processing that goes into making games?