Conan O’Brien is taking another fruitless crack at understanding the world of gaming in his new episode of Clueless Gamer, highlighting the upcoming Middle-earth: Shadow of War.
O’Brien always brings celebrities with him on his voyages into gaming, joined this time by Silicon Valley‘s Kumail Nanjiani. Nanjiani was not an entirely random choice to be O’Brien’s adventuring partner, as the comedic actor did voice-over for The Agonizer, one of the many Orc captains that players can kill or control throughout the game.
In the “Good, Bad, and Ugly” section of EGM’s recent Shadow of War review, we poke fun at Nanjiani’s questionable performance, but the awkwardness of his voice-over was apparently intentional. As we learn from creative director Michael de Plater, who joins in toward the end of the episode, Nanjiani was deliberately asked not to alter his voice when performing the role, resulting in an Orc that seemingly just walked off the set of Silicon Valley. It’s strange, considering Nanjiani has experience with video game voice-acting in series like Mass Effect and Telltale’s The Walking Dead.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is slated to launch October 10th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.