I don’t know if Nolan North has a middle name, but if he does, I’d bet it’s something like ‘Ubiquitous’, because the man turns up everywhere. With credits that include Uncharted 1 & 2, Assassin’s Creed 1 & 2, the latest Prince of Persia and Dragon Age: Origins, he’s certainly not short of work; which might explain why he’s not particularly concerned with getting royalties for his work.
“There’s no pressure when going in for an audition now, since I’ve worked on such big games,” he said. “In all fairness, hundreds of people are working 12 hour days for several years to make a game, so it’s unfair for me to expect residuals, given the amount of work I contribute.”
Wages and royalties have long been a point of contention for voice actors, with the SAG having recently rejected an unfavorable deal for its member from the videogame industry. North’s comments sound all good and humble, but it’s easy to be magnanimous when you’ve got a relatively steady stream of work and for the actors faced with the prospect of performing twenty voices in a single session, must be more than a little difficult to hear.