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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Arcade with sound clips and images.
EDITOR'S OPINIONToday on the X-Men VC Section we have this known adversary of the X Men (though he does have a good history with antagonizing various other Marvel heroes) namely the owner of Murder world... ARCADE! We shall actually start this off with X-Men Evolution whom did a fairly different characterization for Arcade here. Oh sure don't get me wrong the show does get the basic premise of his nature down as someone antagonizes the X Men and make it look like one big game. However instead of being the psychotic owner of a death-trap filled theme park named Murderworld, Arcade is a well meaning Super-Genius Overzealous PC Gaming Techno Nerd. (But to be fair in retrospection one potential reason why Arcade had a somewhat different characterization was for Censorship reasons as a psychopath owner of a deadly theme park named Murderworld is not exactly the most Broadcast TV Kid-Friendly idea out there.) Gabe's attempt at a nerdy voice for this take on the role felt quite natural though as the voice and his performance definitely worked with that the show was trying to go for here. Granted this version of Arcade is not particularly evil he is more of a easy to manipulate hacker whom is perhaps a little too fixated with electronics. While some might be bothered by X Men Evolution's idea of turning Arcade from a Psycho Carnival Owner whom antagonizes the X-Men by playing a deadly game or few to a Overzealous Techno Nerd whom antagonizes the X-Men by playing a deadly game or few but Gabe's performance does certainly help in making the idea work.
Unlike TV Animation Arcade has appeared more than once in Video Games (though most of them were released in the late 80's/early 90's) the first game that Arcade is in that has voice acting is Marvel Ultimate Alliance in which Quinton Flynn plays the role of Arcade. Unlike X-Men Evolution's depiction of the role Marvel Ultimate Alliance goes for a much more traditional depiction of Arcade here. Quinton's voice and performance for the role have a very suitably insane, sinister and over-the-top feel which fits Arcade quite well if I do say so myself. (Oh yes and I do feel that Quinton does show some good chemistry with some of his fellow cast mates when Arcade gets to have some special dialogue with a few of the heroes in the game). Quinton's performance as Arcade is a very interesting display of Quinton's talent as a VA and is a fine example of the voice work in the 1st Marvel Ultimate Alliance. Overall both of these guys did well with their somewhat different takes on the role here.
(Update: Jim Cummings voiced Arcade in the Nintendo DS version of Spider Man Edge of Time. The Arcade in this game is the 2099 version of Arcade which is why Jim is basically playing Arcade as an energetic TV show host. While Jim's work as Arcade is an above average at best example of his work in general but his voice and performance for the role does suit how this game depicted Arcade fairly well. But like I said before all of these guys did fairly well with the role in their own way.)