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Interview with Dave Boat, voice of Max

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Hi guys!

I recently put up an interview with Dave Boat over on Sam & Max.co.uk. Dave provided the voice of Max in Poker Night 2, taking over from Telltale's usual choice of William Kasten.

Hope you don't mind the shameless self promotion, but I figured a lot of you would be interested to hear from him.

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  • Thanks for the kind words, everyone! I'm glad you all like the interview.

    @lattsam said: And speaking of Psychonauts, is a certain voice actor from that game going to be interviewed next, Pinchpenny?

    No promises, but some upcoming interviews should keep you partially happy.

    @lattsam said: I must admit I'm a little disappointed to learn that Dave Boat and William Kasten are different people after all. I absolutely adore the comfortable dynamic/rapport Kasten and Nowlin have built up after three whole seasons of working with their characters, and knowing that one of them has been replaced for this game takes a bit of the magic away for me.

    I've interviewed Bay Area Sound (the guys who do the audio work for Telltale's games) in the past and they've said that all actors record individually, so that Kasten/Nowlin rapport is probably just them growing into the characters.

  • @Pinchpenny said: I've interviewed Bay Area Sound (the guys who do the audio work for Telltale's games) in the past and they've said that all actors record individually, so that Kasten/Nowlin rapport is probably just them growing into the characters.

    Oh yes, I did know about that part. I just can't help but favor the Nowlin/Kasten team anyway, even knowing that they don't actually do their recordings together. Just me being silly and sentimental, I think :p

    Anywho, glad to hear you have some more interviews lined up in the future! I'll be looking forward to them :D

  • #farmerplz #jamesonplz #atkinplz #tinklerplz

  • Pinchpenny, out of curiosity, have you ever tried to interview William Kasten and/or David Nowlin?

  • @lattsam said: #farmerplz #jamesonplz #atkinplz #tinklerplz

    #yes #comingsoon #exciting

  • Ah, I don't buy it. I still think they're the same person; I've heard Max in Dave Boat's voice for years in The Sims 2 and Monkey Island 2, and no soundalike is THAT good.

    Besides, have you ever seen William Kasten and Dave Boat in the same room together?

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    Jennifer Moderator

    @Teeth said: no soundalike is THAT good.


    Apparently you've never heard Jim Cummings imitate Sterling Holloway. ;)

  • Huh. I thought it was a pseudonym as well.

    I did notice that Max's voice was a bit less....screechy. Or do I mean squeaky? He doesn't hit the high notes quite as high, is what I am trying to get at, here.

    His voice was fine the way it was, but I think it was actually for the better.

    By the way, is this what the Jason Alexander line was about? I never understood that.


    Edit: LattSam, I will totally argue you to the death over Nowlin's superiority. That there is the perfect Sam voice.
    (I could take either HtR or Telltale Max, though.)

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    Jennifer Moderator

    @wellgolly said: I could take either HtR or Telltale Max, though.


    The funny thing is that everybody seems to voice Max pretty similarly. There was a mock movie trailer someone once made that used clips from everyone who had voiced a 3D model Max to that point (Nick Jameson, David Nowlin, Andrew Chaikin, and William Kasten), and somehow it still seemed cohesive because of the similarity. Heck, if there was a 3D graphics clip of Max as voiced by Robert Tinkler, I'm sure even that would have worked in the trailer. :)

  • @wellgolly said: Huh. I thought it was a pseudonym as well.

    I did notice that Max's voice was a bit less....screechy. Or do I mean squeaky? He doesn't hit the high notes quite as high, is what I am trying to get at, here.

    I think that was the only difference I noticed, too.

    I think if I were only familiar with the comic and had never watched or played the adaptions, I would read Sam and Max in the same kinds of voices that the adaptions tend to give them, too. They're just what fit the best. Sam has a deep, easy-going voice, and Max has a higher-pitched, energetic voice, maybe a bit snarky, with a New York accent.

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