Community Interview with John J. Dick!
By THE LAW & Mauritsio
Recently the developers of Tormental, the upcoming Croteam Incubator game, have had the chance to interview the voice actor of Serious Sam himself, John J. Dick! In their interview, they talk about his experience with the game so far and of course, his upcoming speaking role in it! You can view this full interview at the Tormental Steam Community page.
But that's not all! 7Smoke has had the chance to relay some community-written questions towards John while the Tormental developers asked their questions. And we have John's answers right here! You'll see some insights into his long history with voicing Sam.
Do you think we'll ever see an end to Sam's fight against Mental?
Yes and no. At some point, I think we will have Mental as an end boss. But Mental is more of an abstract concept at this point. It’s like asking if we will ever see an end to the darkness. Well… yeah. When morning comes. But the clock always turns. Darkness always returns. And when a game messes around with time travel and flippant lunacy as much as the Serious Sam series does, there are always going to be some loose ends to tie up regarding Mental.
How often do you meet up with Croteam in real life?
Not often at all. We live on opposite sides of the world, so most of our communication is online. Every once in a while, I will get the chance to meet up with a few team members at a convention or something. But even that is rare.
Where did the idea for the Serious Sam Voice DLC in The Talos Principle come from?
I’m honestly not entirely sure. I think it just kind of shat itself into existence from our collective minds. It took a long time to push that one out. But I’m really proud of how the final product sounded. I highly recommend playing through the Talos Principle with that Voice DLC enabled, for anyone who hasn’t already. I’m fucking hilarious in it.
Out of all the voicelines for Serious Sam that you have recorded, which one would be your favorite? Do you have any remarkable / fan-favorite quotes that you also enjoyed recording?
That’s a tough one. I’ve been doing this franchise for a while, and there’s a lot of content to choose from. I guess my go to, whenever I’m put on the spot to yell a line at someone when they meet me in person, would be “Yeah, it’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye”. Either that or, “Man it’s cold. My nipples are like pencil erasers”. Regarding stuff I’ve done for fan service, there was an exceptional bit of machinima which I was recently reminded of. It’s called ‘Mean Green Menace from Space’. It was done for the 2014 Saxxy Awards. There was a line in it, “That thing’s a bullet sponge”, which I feel encapsulates the entire Serious Sam series in a singly pithy line. Good writing on that one.
You've always been a very supportive person towards the Serious Sam community, usually by providing voiceovers for various fan-made projects.
First, we'd like to give you the most sincere thanks for all your help.
Secondly we feel like we have to ask you: Is there any Serious Sam mod out there that you would consider to be your favorite?
Sadly, I don’t remember the name of it. But there was one mod that really stood out in my mind as my favorite. This was back in the First Encounter days. It played heavily with the directional gravity features of the First Encounter. The levels had an MC Escher inspired feel to them. Grenades bouncing any which direction. The thing was solid insanity, and I loved every second of it. There were a few projects that were close to my heart which never saw completion, as well. Bull Arena… man, that was such an amazing concept.
Is there any other project besides Serious Sam that you've really enjoyed being part of?
The obvious answer here is SCUM. But that one kinda sorta falls under the Croteam umbrella, so I’ll extend your question a bit to keep the answer more varied. Though, before I do, you should definitely check out SCUM.
Finally, is there any message that you would like to relay to the Serious Sam community?
There was a game called ‘This is the Police’ a few years back that was a blast to work on. Great script and story. Also, it marks the first time that I appeared in the same game as Jon St. John. It’s more of a strategy game, with a heavy story element. So your average twitch shooter fan might not get into it. But still a great game that I feel deserves more recognition. I also need to give a shoutout to ‘Plantman’. I got to play the bad guy robots in that one. I always love playing bad guy robots. Plantman was a puzzle platformer. Similar in gameplay to something like Abe’s Oddysee. It was a final project for a gamer college group. So it’s a bit obscure. And it was only released on iPhone and iPad, if I recall correctly. Still, fun proje
Yeah. Don’t be afraid to take chances. Nobody lies on their deathbed wishing they had taken less risks. Daredevils die more often, sure… but they die with less regrets. Go out there and do the thing. Whatever that thing is. Stop second guessing yourself. The only true failure in life is to never have tried. Also, buy Tormental. And Serious Sam Planet Badass, of course.