Posted by TurboMan (7735 posts) 11 months, 28 days ago

Poll: Who Wins the 2013 Northies Award? (193 votes)

Nolan North - Deadpool 11%
Nolan North - Injustice: Gods Among Us 1%
Nolan North - The Last of Us 46%
Nolan North - Saints Row IV 38%
Nolan North - Assassin's Creed IV 2%
Nolan North - Batman: Arkham Origins 3%

Unfortunately, Giant Bomb has cut my favorite award category. It's now up to the community to decide the coveted Northies for 2013!

#1 Posted by MB (13138 posts) -

Tralse.

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#2 Edited by ajamafalous (12161 posts) -

Doesn't he play himself in SR4? It's gotta be that, right?

Also, if we're lamenting cut GOTY categories, my heart weeps for Dave Snider's Eastern Bloc Game of the Year Brought To You By Dave Snider.

#3 Posted by Animasta (14727 posts) -

Troy Baker wins the northies

#4 Posted by White (1414 posts) -

You mean the Troyies?

#5 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

Doesn't he play himself in SR4? It's gotta be that, right?

Also, if we're lamenting cut GOTY categories, my heart weeps for Dave Snider's Eastern Bloc Game of the Year Brought To You By Dave Snider.

Well, he doesn't really play "himself," but the character creator features a joke "Nolan North" voice option in which Nolan North voices the boss as himself.

Oh god, I think I just confused myself.

#6 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3821 posts) -

Nolan North is soooo 2009 It's all about Keith David.

#7 Edited by Sergio (2258 posts) -

@hailinel said:

@ajamafalous said:

Doesn't he play himself in SR4? It's gotta be that, right?

Also, if we're lamenting cut GOTY categories, my heart weeps for Dave Snider's Eastern Bloc Game of the Year Brought To You By Dave Snider.

Well, he doesn't really play "himself," but the character creator features a joke "Nolan North" voice option in which Nolan North voices the boss as himself.

Oh god, I think I just confused myself.

You've convinced me. Saints Row IV wins!

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#8 Posted by ajamafalous (12161 posts) -

@hailinel said:

@ajamafalous said:

Doesn't he play himself in SR4? It's gotta be that, right?

Also, if we're lamenting cut GOTY categories, my heart weeps for Dave Snider's Eastern Bloc Game of the Year Brought To You By Dave Snider.

Well, he doesn't really play "himself," but the character creator features a joke "Nolan North" voice option in which Nolan North voices the boss as himself.

Oh god, I think I just confused myself.

Yeah, that's what I thought/meant.

As far as I'm concerned, if I'm picking "Nolan North" instead of "Male Voice 2," then I'm playing as Nolan North as himself.

#9 Posted by RecSpec (3943 posts) -

During the credits for The Last of Us, I was thinking "Kind of strange that Nolan North wouldn't be in this game. Wait, are you fucking serious?"

He was fantastic in that game, and unfortunately the Nolan North voice didn't live up to expectations. There's no way it could've.

#10 Edited by ajamafalous (12161 posts) -

Man, all this thread led me to do was get kinda bummed about this year's GOTY stuff after digging through past years'. Where are all the great joke categories like Second Annual Soulja Boy Award for Games To Play If You Drink And Get Drunk or Smoke And Get High, Best Big-Ass Ramp, The Brad Shoemaker "I'm Callin' It" Award For Best Use of Zombies, and (of course) Dave Snider's Eastern Bloc Game of the Year Brought To You By Dave Snider?

#11 Posted by Demoskinos (15164 posts) -

Troy Baker.

#12 Edited by mlarrabee (3064 posts) -

I'm excited for the Bakies next year.

#13 Posted by cthomer5000 (869 posts) -

@white said:

You mean the Troyies?

Would definitely be the case this year. I feel like he was in every game on the top 10.

#14 Posted by ZombiePie (5755 posts) -

@hailinel said:

@ajamafalous said:

Doesn't he play himself in SR4? It's gotta be that, right?

Also, if we're lamenting cut GOTY categories, my heart weeps for Dave Snider's Eastern Bloc Game of the Year Brought To You By Dave Snider.

Well, he doesn't really play "himself," but the character creator features a joke "Nolan North" voice option in which Nolan North voices the boss as himself.

Oh god, I think I just confused myself.

But he does play himself in Deadpool:

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#15 Posted by development (2640 posts) -

As much as I hate the character of Deadpool I have to hand it to Nolan for how well he pulled the character off.

#16 Edited by I_Stay_Puft (3821 posts) -

@mlarrabee said:

I'm excited for the Bakies next year.

#17 Edited by Mezmero (2071 posts) -

I was thinking of having awards for the past year and a half of Steve Blum's voice work and calling it 500 days of Blummer.

#18 Edited by EquitasInvictus (2030 posts) -

Troy Baker won the Northies this year, I'd have to say. Oh and I'd call it the "Bakeries" because I love terrible puns and I'm a bad person.

I thought David was a really good completely bad person (being probably the only character in The Last of Us who I couldn't sympathize with at all) and, uh, I played as Nolan North for Saints Row IV, sooo between the two... Saints Row IV because I was exposed to more Nolan North there?

#19 Posted by BigJeffrey (5109 posts) -

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#20 Posted by TheMasterDS (2138 posts) -

I think they should've introduced the Bakers this year. I think Troy Baker wins the Baker this year for his performance in Bioshock. I mean yeah, his performance in TLOU was stellar, but in Bioshock he plays a guitar.

#21 Edited by EquitasInvictus (2030 posts) -

I think they should've introduced the Bakers this year. I think Troy Baker wins the Baker this year for his performance in Bioshock. I mean yeah, his performance in TLOU was stellar, but in Bioshock he plays a guitar.

Have you seen this? (Skip to the middle for the crazy Troy Baker part)

#22 Edited by impartialgecko (1689 posts) -

The Last of Us. You don't know it's him yet he makes an incredible impression. Creepiest character of 2013 bar that lady from Brothers.

#23 Edited by StarvingGamer (8558 posts) -

Probably The Last of Us. I had no idea it was him. What range!

Also somebody should make a top 13 list for Troy Baker and call it Baker's Dozen.

EDIT: NM, it looks like he was only in 12 games this year.

#24 Edited by TheMasterDS (2138 posts) -

@equitasinvictus:Uh, it's not about mocap. It's about they put Troy Baker in a booth with a guitar and had him play with Courtney Draper singing. I do not think there's any reason why that should be necessary but it's fucking awesome. It's also fucking awesome they put it in the credits. I felt that was really telling too about the way the game was made because it's a 5 minute clip of awesome music being played and then Ken Levine congratulates them and makes a few apt criticisms which inform the final scene as its shown in the game and make that scene feel right where the awesome music would not.

#25 Posted by EquitasInvictus (2030 posts) -

@equitasinvictus:Uh, it's not about mocap. It's about they put Troy Baker in a booth with a guitar and had him play with Courtney Draper singing. I do not think there's any reason why that should be necessary but it's fucking awesome. It's also fucking awesome they put it in the credits. I felt that was really telling too about the way the game was made because it's a 5 minute clip of awesome music being played and then Ken Levine congratulates them and makes a few apt criticisms which inform the final scene as its shown in the game and make that scene feel right where the awesome music would not.

I didn't want to spoil it, but in the middle during the recorded "mocap" portion they all start singing their lines in a melodramatic fashion. I know the scene you mentioned from BioShock though and also appreciated it but I actually just wanted to share Troy Baker singing very melodramatically one what they tricked people going into a panel at PAX Prime was the "alternate ending" of TLoU was.

#26 Edited by Sammo21 (3561 posts) -

I found his work in Saints Row IV (Nolan North) to be incredibly boring and half assed...not his fault. All they did was have him do the exact same lines as another person. Had they went all meta, fourth wall with it then it could have been amazing.

#27 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2295 posts) -

Saints Row IV literally has a voice option titled Nolan North so how does that not win?

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#28 Posted by AlisterCat (5728 posts) -

Dota 2

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#29 Posted by cthomer5000 (869 posts) -

Probably The Last of Us. I had no idea it was him. What range!

Also somebody should make a top 13 list for Troy Baker and call it Baker's Dozen.

EDIT: NM, it looks like he was only in 12 games this year.

He did multiple characters in some games though! List characters rather than games and youve got your Baker's Dozen.

#30 Edited by Fredchuckdave (6159 posts) -

He's only in ACIV peripherally but his bits are way better than they were in most of the other AC games.

#31 Edited by TurboMan (7735 posts) -

Saints Row IV literally has a voice option titled Nolan North so how does that not win?

When he gave a really great performance as David in The Last of Us and nobody knew it was him when they were playing it?

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#32 Posted by RonGalaxy (3269 posts) -

Brad said it best when talking about Nolan North vs. Troy Baker (via tumblr)

"I really thought Troy Baker had out-Nolan-Northed Nolan North in that game [the last of us], until I saw North’s name in the credits. Realizing he had played that guy pretty much left my mouth hanging open. Had no idea at all.'

Troy Baker has good range, but nothing compared to what Nolan North has done. His voice work as David proves this. He made that character the monster that he was.

'Run little rabbit'

#33 Edited by Jedted (2418 posts) -

Nolan North was really good as David(Last of Us). I actually recognized his voice before i knew it was him.

I think Troy Baker deserves his own award category though as he had a bigger resurgence in 2013. I like the name "Bakey", sounds like a award for best stoner but it's catchy.