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Mike Krukow talks about voicing sports video games

4:50 PM, May 28, 2011   |    comments
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San Francisco Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow
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Mike Krukow knows baseball.  After all, in addition to being one of the voices of the San Francisco Giants (along with his broadcast partner Duane Kuiper) he has 14 seasons worth of Major League Baseball experience as a pitcher.  And while he's not much into video games himself, he'll forever be a part of gaming history as both he and Kuiper have lent their voices to not one but three MLB-endorsed baseball video games by Electronic Arts.

"Me and my partner -- Duane Kuiper and I -- did MVP 2003, 2004, and 2005," the former Major Leaguer told News10 Game Guy Barry White in an exclusive interview.

While Krukow had been doing live sports commentary since 1990, voicing a sports video game was like nothing he had ever experienced.

"But it was very interesting," said the broadcaster. "The guys [at EA Sports] were just incredible -- they were fantastic."

The way it works sounds simple enough: EA Sports gave the two broadcasters a book roughly the size of a New York City phone book and, as Krukow puts it, "Ya gotta start talkin'."

"You gotta start being enthusiastic, and then they want you to ad-lib if you thing there's something that should be said," explained Krukow. "So, it's an intense four or five hours a day and I say four or five hours 'cause that's all your voice will allow you to do.  You start losing your voice, you know, you start at nine [in the morning] and by about one or one-thirty, you're done."

EA Sports actually took things a step further and played a simulated game for Krukow and Kuiper, having the two broadcasters do play-by-play and color commentation for it as if it were a real-life ballgame.  For the most part, though, EA provided a script and had them say the lines provided as if it were being used in an actual game.

Mike Krukow says that voicing the EA Sports video games was one of the proudest things he and his broadcast partner have ever done.  And, when it comes to whether or not to voice another sports video game in the future the future, Krukow had this to say: "I wish we could do it again, it was a lot of fun."

- Game Guy Barry White bcwhite@news10.net

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