RETRO REPLAY & ONLINE POSITIVITY
Our conversation with Troy Baker.
By JAY TEE
Retro Replay has taken two of the gaming industry’s most relevant and talented actor’s, Troy Baker and Nolan North, and catapulted them into a hyrbid mix of retro Let’s Play shenanigans and the kind of improvised nonsense you’d expect to find on Whose Line is it Anyway. Despite still being a relatively new creation, the channel has quickly found success, following a recent partnership with online behemoth Rooster Teeth, an increased presence at live events, and over 180,000 subscribers.
Their fondness for each other, and seemingly effortless chemistry, is evident both on and off screen. During a fan meet and greet event at the Golden Hinde in London, the pair delved into an extensive Q&A session, and made sure to grab time with every single person that attended. According to Troy, who we interviewed after the event, uniting their community and encouraging friendly discourse was their plan from the off.
“I feel like what we've done is provided a space for people to feel safe. That is incredibly important, because I don't believe it's possible to make the entire world a safe space. That is a futile enterprise. So I believe in providing people for two hours, in the hold of a ship, a place to go "You know what? It's OK".
Our discussion then shifted to his work as an actor, specifically regarding his performance as Joel in the Last of Us. For many, Naughty Dog’s first foray into post apocalyptic storytelling was a defining narrative achievement and one of the finest games of all time. The nature of its setting and the intensity of the material necessitated a significant emotional investment from everyone involved, and Troy was extremely candid about his experience.
“The first time that we shot the "Sarah" scene on The Last of Us... it was the last shot of the day. I thought that we had it. We didn't. We shot it over and over again, and finally Neil [Druckmann] capitulated, and we wrapped. I got out of my [mocap] suit, changed, got into my car, and drove from Culver City back home. I literally walked into my apartment, went straight to bed, and didn't surface until the next day.””
This man (and Nolan North) took all the selfies with every human. Seriously impressive.