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Mario Teaches Typing 1992

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

June 2, 2011

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Do you remember this computer game from 1992?

While the video plays for about 10 minutes, it will only take a matter of seconds for you to be flooded with Mario Bros. memories and feel the nostalgia.

Why am I posting about this? Find out in today's VOX Daily!

Hey Pisano! Welcome to Mario Teaches Typing

While we all know Charles Martinet as the official voice of Mario, there have been others who provided the vocals for our beloved plumber turned hero.

When I was growing up, one of my uncles bought my brother and I a first generation Nintendo console for Christmas. A couple of games that came with it were Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt. A few years later, Mario Teaches Typing factored into how I learned how to type on the keyboard. I'm sure this game was instrumental in the development and mastering of typing skills of children all over the place, perhaps even teens and adults.

Mario Teaches Typing was developed and published by Interplay Entertainment Corporation in 1992. Why am I drawing attention to this? The voice talent hired to record the voice of Mario was R.B. Ruben happens to be a member of our Voices.com Facebook page! When I found this out, I was inspired to write about this topic again and start a discussion with you about voice acting for games.

Back to the story at hand.

Within that decade, a cartoon called "The Super Mario Bros. Super Show" was airing and Mario was literally everywhere during an era of unquestionable Nintendo glory.

Voices in Early Video Games

We've looked at the evolution of voice over in video games before and know that from its humble beginnings, voice over has come a long way in terms of quality and value for gameplay.

PC games and games for the Mac have also gone through significant improvements over the years, expanding the role of voice acting in games while using voice over as an integral part to humanize the characters to a greater extent and help gamers feel like they are truly part of what's going on.

If you'd like to get into this kind of voice over work, be sure to take seasoned veteran of video game voice acting DB Cooper up on her advice to play the games.

What Do You Think?

Do you have any comments about how voice acting in video games has evolved? How about sharing the titles of some of your favorite all-time games? I'd love to hear from you!

Feel free to jump in with your thoughts.

Best wishes,


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