Actor Michael Winslow is probably best-known as the guy who made all of those crazy sounds in the Police Academy movies, but he recently contributed his noise-making talents to a short video looking back on the evolution of video-game sound effects.
Produced by G4TV, the two-minute video has Winslow beep-bop-booping his way from Pong to Portal, and offering a timeline of sorts for some popular games’ use of SFX. There’s an extremely short list of games represented (only six?!), so the video is clearly aimed at providing a showcase for Winslow’s talents rather than a comprehensive analysis of SFX history.
Still, it’s nice to
see hear Winslow’s talents put to good use as he recreates the soundtrack to Ms. Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros.
By the way, if you don’t remember him from the Police Academy films, maybe you’ll recall his part as the radar-monitoring guy in Spaceballs who has trouble finding “the bleeps, the sweeps, and the creeps.” Now that is comedy gold.