->''"The nail in the coffin! Booooooom-shakalakalaka! He's heating up! '''HE'S ON FIRE!'''"''
-->-- '''Announcer''', ''VideoGame/NBAJam''

Every sports game played in the world always has one man or woman who plays the role of the announcer, whose job is to tell the spectators the scores, which team is entering the field, who the winner is, etc. Some announcers may add their own wit and charm. Video games also have some form of announcers that give short phrases or announce things during the game. While it can [[LargeHamAnnouncer enhance the gameplay]], if the announcer talks ''too'' much, it can become [[MostAnnoyingSound irritating]]. [[note]]The chance of there being an in-game option to turn off or at least lower the volume of Announcer Chatter almost always goes down in inverse proportion to how obnoxiously loud and intrusive the commentary is.[[/note]] Generally, announcers in video games announce character names and who the winner is.

Compare CombatCommentator, who talks even more.

!!Video Game Examples:


[[folder:Action Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SmashTV'' had an announcer you would end up fighting in the end, in a rather creepy manner.
* ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions'' added multiplayer battle arenas in its second year, featuring running commentary by NONE OTHER THAN Creator/BrianBlessed.

* ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNKMillenniumFight2000 Capcom vs. SNK]]''[='s=] announcer talks almost constantly every chance he gets: during the high score screen, the groove select screen, the character select screen, the victory screen, and even adds in his own two cents during certain events of a match (like if a character gets in an attack right at the start of the round, or successfully pulls off a really powerful attack). Naturally, his commentary can't be turned off, and he's also much louder than the average fighting-game announcer. KEEP ROCKIN', BABY!!
** ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium'': "This battle is about to explode!"
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3'' has an announcer who sounds extraordinarily happy most of the time, and likes to talk ''a lot''. Most fighter fans know his phrases off by heart. '''Triumph''' or '''Die!''' [[LargeHam GO FOR IT, MAN!]]
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' seems to be following in this trend, with an announcer that delivers commentary with every third hit or so. '''THIS IS GONNA BE ONE HELL OF A SHOW!'''
** The [[Creator/JamiesonPrice announcer]] in ''Super Street Fighter IV'' pretty much ''breathes'' [[HotBlooded fiery passion]]. Among other things, he even drops a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' with '''''ULTRA COMBO FINIIIIIIIIISH!'''''
** ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'': [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2 "I almost had a heart attack there!"]]
** The announcer from ''[=MvC2=]'' is actually pretty chill, only really giving his two cents at the victory screen (which is done so rather softly). The [[VideoGame/XMenVsStreetFighter previous]] [[VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroesVsStreetFighter three]] [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfTheSuperheroes announcers]] were much more pumped for the ensuing battle, with the ''[=MSHvSF=]'' one actually ''[[CallingYourAttacks belting out the names of your Hyper Combos with much aplomb if you won a match with them]]''.
** Downplayed with the announcer in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII: 3rd Strike''. He is very minimalist in comparison, and is generally more calm and direct than most announcers. Although he does break this for one particular line...
** ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' not only has one announcer whose lines pay homage to ''Alpha 3'' and ''[=CvS2=]'', but the latest builds also have [[Creator/KateHiggins a second announcer]] (who sounds like Issun from ''{{VideoGame/Okami}}'') who runs commentary throughout the match, commenting on how the fighters fare and their strategies akin to the aforementioned ''Capcom vs. SNK 2'' announcer. (Issun doesn't have any audible speech, merely providing the text for Amaterasu's victory quotes.)
* The ''Real Bout VideoGame/FatalFury'' games have a very enthusiastic, very friendly announcer who you just can't help but adore.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lxbaRhGIRI "HEY, HOW'S IT GOIN' DUDE?]] AND LET'S BEGIN! CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER!"
* ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'': ''[[MemeticMutation C-c-c-c-c-COMBO BREAKER!!!]]''
** This is the pop-culture part of the announcer from ''Killer Instinct'', but not actually the primary purpose: in the first game, the announcer would also announce the ''actual combos,'' made even more badass by their idiosyncratic names and getting more and more epic at higher levels. Nothing got the blood pumping like pulling off a seven-hitter with the announcer proclaiming "Master Combo!" before someone nails an unfettered twelve-hit '''Killer Combo!'''
** In chronological order, the combos go as such:
*** Triple Combo.
*** Super Combo.
*** Hyper Combo.
*** Brutal Combo.
*** Master Combo!
*** Blasterrr Combo!
*** AWESOME Combo!
*** '''KILLER COMBO!'''
*** '''Ultimate... Combo.'''
** The 2013 sequel offers three announcers to choose from (the new announcer, the original announcer and Ultratech boss ARIA) to suit your preferred flavor. It adds even more combo screams, including (in order) Basic, Triple, Quad, Solid, Hyper, Brutal, Master, Blaster, Extreme, Awesome, Monster, Insane, Beastly, King, Crazy, Killer, and Godlike. You can also pull off an '''ULTRAAA COOOOOOMBOOOOOOOOO!''', or get an '''ULTRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!''' if you do two or more in sequence.
* Played around with Shao Kahn in ''Franchise/MortalKombat''; given that he's the announcer in the second and third games, he says "I win" instead of "(character) wins" when victorious. "It is official; ''you suck."
* There's an announcer in the ''VideoGame/NarutoClashOfNinja'' games, but he never talks during the battle. It's also different in every game (Naruto, the Third Hokage, Hayate and finally Genma).
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.'' has an announcer that not only announces character names and who the winner is, but also loudly announces the title of the game (except for ''Brawl''), mode of play chosen, a countdown when five seconds are left in a match, congratulating the player for beating single player, and the classic "Continue?" and "Game Over!"
** '''FAILUUURE!'''
* ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'',
** "Transcending history, and the world, a tale of souls and swords, eternally retold..."
** This victory strengthened the soul of... [[MadLibsDialogue [insert winning player controlled character here]]]!

[[folder:First Person Shooter]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}'' had a memorable announcer for the BloodBatch gamemode, who also did the voice of Tchernobog. The voice was done by Creator/MonolithProductions' then-CEO and featured such immortal lines as "Disemboweled!" "Anal justice!" and "Rectal redemption"
* Some server-side ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'' mods are designed to play the UT announcer sounds.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has an announcer for multiplayer as well. General announcements such as gametype (Slayer, Capture the flag, King of the Hill, to name but three) exist, and thankfully they only repeat for individual players who might join in mid-game, but other announcements, such as which team has the flag, will play for everyone. Repeatedly. Equally annoying are the kill statements. Thankfully enough the announcer voice is rather good, so the fiftieth time you hear "Killtacular" is just as good as the first time you hear "Running Riot." Latter games added alternate announcers; one of the female ones enjoys the carnage a little too much.
* ''VideoGame/MechWarrior4Mercenaries'' has Solaris announcer Duncan Fisher, a former Solaris champion that would talk while you fight through the Mech dueling circuit, often talking about things other than the fight, like a scandal where a famous pilot threw a match, or on the talent pool this year, and would follow you as moved from the Light Mech catagory to Solaris Champion.
** The team behind the ''Mechwarrior: Living Legends'' TC for Crysis Wars actually managed to get the voice actor of Duncan Fisher to record new lines for the Solaris Arena gamemode.
* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' matches have a different announcer for each team: Gaz for SAS, Griggs for USMC, etc. all of whom call out incoming killstreak rewards and time limits.
* In ''VideoGame/ProjectBlackout'', a disembodied voice announces all of your headshots, chain kills, etc.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has the slightly psychotic female announcer, [[http://www.teamfortress.com/war/administrator/ The Adminstrator]], who runs both sides. When a checkpoint is captured, she's more encouraging to the successful attackers and scornful to the failing defenders, and, if the round ends in a tie, dismisses ''both'' sides with a frustrated "You ''failed!!''". She doesn't keep her contempt for both teams a secret and it's hardly surprising that she has the [[Creator/EllenMcLain same voice actress]] as [=GLaDOS=] from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' (and the Combine Overwatch in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'').
* ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'' announces how a kill was carried out (Lobotomy!!).
* ''{{VideoGame/Tribes}}'' has one of these. "Team Inferno... SCORES!" "15 seconds... five, four, three, match begins, now."
* The announcer from ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' has plenty of phrases:
** For kill streaks, in multiples of five: "Killing spree!" "Rampage!" "Dominating!" "Unstoppable!" "Godlike!!" and, depending on the game, "Wicked Sick!" and "MASSACRE!!"
** For kills in rapid succession, there's the progression of "Double Kill", "Multi Kill", "Ultra Kill", "Mega Kill" (post-UT'99), "M-M-M-Monster Kill", "Ludicrous Kill", [[HolyShitQuotient "Holy shit!"]]
** "Head shot!" after the player scores a headshot.
** "Denied!" whenever a Redeemer gets shot down or a flag retrieved a few feet from the capture zone.
** Score X kills with one weapon, get an award title, i.e. "Rocket Scientist!" for 15+ kills with the Rocket Launcher in ''VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'':
** ''VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena'' would announce "Humiliation!" when a player scored a kill with the melee weapon to both the killer and the dead player.
*** The announcer also yell Holy Shit as well. They'll do it in CTF games if you're the flag carrier and die just a foot away from your flag/capture point.
** ''Quake Live'' adds a "Denied!" message for when you miss picking up the QuadDamage powerup within a step or two of an opponent picking it up. Which typically results in you dying a (sparkly-) gibbed death.
* ''VideoGame/{{Nexuiz}}'' has announcements for kill streaks, time left, frags left and ''air shots''.

[[folder:Hack and Slash]]
* The arcade dungeon-crawler ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}'' may have been the first game with an announcer, featuring ongoing commentary tailored to the player's actions. The disembodied voice praised and criticized the player's actions, offered hints and advice, and sometimes challenged the player ("Let's see you get out of here!"). Some of its catch phrases, like "WizardNeedsFoodBadly" have become part of the pop culture lexicon.
* ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' has two announcers, [[Creator/JohnDiMaggio and one of them]] is [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Bender]]! And the other is [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Whose Line]] star, Greg Proops! Naturally, their characters serve as [[CrowningMomentOfFunny comic relief]] throughout the game as [[AnythingThatMoves card-carrying pervert]] Howard "Buckshot" Holmes and Kreese Kreeley, a former competitor and fellow TestosteronePoisoning victim. The two comment on everything that goes on in the in-game sport of Deathwatch, and drop subtle hints for what you're supposed to do in the level and situation that you're in. Being [[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 the type of game that it is]], the commentary usually CrossesTheLineTwice. Example:
-->''(Against the Kojack boss)''
-->'''Howard''': Jack is ramming himself against Kojack!
-->'''Kreese''': So basically, Jack is ramming himself against himself. [[ADateWithRosiePalms We are watching the violent masturbation ever.]]
-->'''Howard''': Hmhm...[[{{Squick}} this is nothing]].

-->'''Howard''': You know what that title means - Bloodbath Challenge time!
-->'''Kreese''': I'm really embarrassed to admit that I can't read.
-->'''Howard''': Really? That's pathetic.
-->'''Kreese''': I blame our schools!
** They also help [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] videogame breaks from reality:
-->'''Howard''': I still don't understand why a city has giant sawblades in the middle of the streets.
-->'''Kreese''': Are you a city engineer?
-->'''Howard''': No, I'm not a city...
-->'''Kreese''': Well then, SHUT THE FUCK UP! They don't come up here and tell you how to be a commentator!
** They even provide commentary [[CreditsGag over the credits]] ("commentary" meaning "insulting every single member of the developers")
-->'''Howard''': The animators are the guys who bring the action to life!
-->'''Kreese''': You mean they're the guys who get NO action their whole LIFE!
-->'''Howard''': Yeah, what did I say?

-->'''Howard''': After everything I've seen, I think the designers should be fired!
-->'''Kreese''': All part of their grand design!
** Even better when you consider that Proops is/was the voice of children's TV show character BOB THE BUILDER.

* ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' and ''VideoGame/Dota2'' started the tradition of always having an announcer narrate the games in the MOBA genre. The original map started out with ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'''s announcer calling out kill streaks (Killing spree! > Rampage! > Dominating!...) and kills in rapid succession (Double kill! > Triple kill! > M-M-M-M-MONSTER KILL! > HOLY SHIT!); when Valve took over the game, they added other well known voices of theirs such as [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} GLaDOS]] or the announcer from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', descended from the previous game, featured an usually female announcer narrating the game (male in a couple regions such as Korea or Latin America), only a bit different: four kills in rapid succession are a "QUADRA KILL!", and slaughtering the entire enemy team is a "PENTAKILL!!!". The same announcer also tells important events such as destroyed turrets and destroyed inhibitors, although the Rift Herald, the Dragons and Baron Nashor are not called out but instead signaled by characteristic screams (they are explicitly called out in spectator mode though).
** The game also has different announcers tied to seasonal events. The Bilgewater summer event in 2015 brought a pirate announcer, and the month after the release of the much-anticipated Aurelion Sol had Aurelion himself call out turret and inhibitor takedowns.

[[folder:Party Games]]
* The announcer in [[Videogame/FuzionFrenzy Fuzion Frenzy 2]] is notorious for chattering non-stop. One can press the A button at least ten times before any minigame starts or after any minigame ends and the announcer still wouldn't be finished commenting. Even within a game, he has the compelling need to eradicate silence with incessant commentary on every player's current status. This was one of the many factors that caused fans of the original to consider this a case of SequelItis.
-->'''DJ Varcanno:''' "Player 1's in first right now!"\\
"Was that a lot of damage, Player 2?"\\
"The battle's not over yet!"\\
"Seems like people go missing every year on Eternite! It's like the Bermuda Triangle of outer space!"
* ''VideoGame/MarioParty 8'' has a talking hat host who [[SpeakingSimlish makes lots of nonsensical noises]] in lieu of actually matching the text. He talks so much though, that the hat even comments on how much is being said.

* [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents Cosmo and Wanda]] fill this role in ''VideoGame/TheFairlyOddparentsBreakinDaRules'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheFairlyOddparentsShadowShowdown Shadow Showdown]]'', pointing out wish stars, commenting on things central to completing the level, and [[HaveANiceDeath occasionally mocking you when you die]]. There's also [[HollerButton dedicated button for calling your fairies]], prompting them to comment on things in the level, or something relating to the story of either game.
* In ''VideoGame/JakXCombatRacing'', [[PollyWantsAMicrophone Pecker]] and G.T. Blitz provide commentary on your races.
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank''
** The arena announcer in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando''. "It's like watching a train wreck! WOW!"
** ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal Up Your Arsenal]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked Deadlocked]]'' also had this. "Team Darkstar is making its mark on Dreadzone!"
** Captain Qwark shows in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Tools Of Destruction]]'' as the announcer: "Guess our competitor isn't by impressed by all this ''next-gen'' weaponery!"
* ''VideoGame/SonicColors''
** Eggman does this for background chatter in , over the park's PA system. Alternates between taunting Sonic and parodying common amusement park sayings.
** There's also an actual announcer who announces when you get combos during tricks ("Good! Great! Awesome! etc.") and whenever you get a Wisp power-up (Spike! Rocket! Frenzy!). This announcer was reused in the Planet Wisp stage in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMonkeyBall'', especially from ''Super Monkey Ball 2'' and onwards, as the most insane announcers you'll ever hear. The guy is constantly yelling in the [[LargeHam hammiest]] way possibly. And sometimes speaks {{Engrish}}. It's amazing.

[[folder:Racing Games]]
* ''VideoGame/HydroThunder.'' "Fire the booster! Fire the booster now! Booster at max! Booster at 50%! Booster running low! Hit the ramp! Traffic up ahead! You're in 3rd place! You're in 2nd place! No, seriously, fire the booster! Detour up ahead! Watch yourself! Hit that other ramp! Get that icon which refills your booster, which is really important! Right turn up ahead! Left turn up ahead! No wait, a right turn then a left turn!"
* In ''VideoGame/ModNationRacers'', Biff Tradwell and Gary Reasons fill this role as commentators. Generally though, their conversations are limited to their personal lives and you only outside of career mode cutscenes hear them speak immediately before and immediately after each race (During the race, you only hear the player character's crew chief). One of Biff's post-race lines lampshades this by saying that he fell asleep midway through, with one of Gary's pre-race lines saying that Biff usually takes a nap during the actual race. Biff also doesn't seem to care one way or the other about his job, evidenced in lines at the end of the race where he ponders ways to get his own show, expresses happiness at the fact that he is on overtime pay as a result of said race, and laments the fact that despite being one of the commentators he doesn't get a copy of the broadcast free of charge.
* The ''{{VideoGame/Monster Truck Madness}}'' series has 'Army' Armstrong, who comments on everything from trucks jockeying for position to spectacular crashes to trucks [[AluminumChristmasTrees driving on water]].
* Teammates in ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed: Carbon'' often fulfil this role.
* ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed: Pro Street'' had a few people venting their anger on forums after having to listen to the race commentator chatter on and on about Ryan Cooper (the player character), with undiminished enthusiasm from the first to the last race.
* This is the main complaint done to Loudmouth Larry's comments by fans of ''VideoGame/RockNRollRacing''.
* ''VideoGame/RidgeRacer 64'' has a terrible, over-enthusiastic announcer saying what's going on during the race. Thankfully, he doesn't chatters too much. ''VideoGame/RidgeRacer Type 4'', meanwhile, has a calmer, much better announcer with a deep echo added to his voice. ''Rage Racer's'' announcer is Reiko Nagase herself.
* ''DestructionDerby'' offers a commentator with maybe 30 things to say, mostly focusing on the car carnage. Two of the memorable lines are "It's like rush hour in LA!" and (in the [[HotPotato hot]]-[[GrenadeHotPotato potato]] Bomb Mode) "Get rid of that bomb!"
* The Formula One series on UsefulNotes/PlayStation always included announcer chatter, provided by the legendary Murray Walker from 96-2001. Formula One 97 turns this up to ten with an alternative American announcer only available in Arcade Mode, who channels the Ridge Racer announcer. Crash into another car and you'll probably be greeted with "HEEEEEEEEEY! LOOK WHERE YOU'RE GOOOOOOIIIINNN'!!"

[[folder:Role Playing Games]]
* Played Straight in ''TabletopGame/DarkSun: Shattered Lands''... at first. The game starts with the main characters in an arena fighting to the death. The announcer is an arrogant jerk who taunts and belittles the party constantly - except for when an enemy or a player character dies in combat, which is probably the only way to weasel a compliment out of him. Later, after the party escapes and ends up in the wilderness, you can encounter the announcer and threaten him to get some good items, then kill him to get more goodies.
-->Announcer: Ooh, good hit!
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', and in particular in the UK English dub, Morrie's Monster Arena features a verbose announcer who announces each team "In the blue corner we have... OUR HERO'S MONSTER TEAM!!!" and "In the red corner WE HAVE... THE SLIME FAMILY!!!" and introduces each fight with a not-so-witty stock phrase, typically ending in "ITS A HIGH MIGHT FIGHT THAT'S BOUND TO EXCITE! Let's get it on!" Round three starts out with "The moment you've all been waiting for!"
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' contains an arena in the Imperial City in which a player character can become a contestant and fight a series of battles. Despite the game having a fantasy setting that is generally medieval in nature, every fight is preceded by an announcer giving a brief speech about the contestants, followed by the phrase "Let the battle... begin!"
** That's just making use of the talent, since Wes Johnson is the Washington Capitals' PA announcer, working in America's Imperial City, no less.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', you have the chance to earn some credits in the duelling arena, where you can fight with no chance of death. The announcer, speaking to your audience, describes both you, going by the handle "[[{{Irony}} Mysterious Stranger]]", and your opponent like it's a professional wrestling match, hyping you in the first two duels as having "[[{{Foreshadowing}} No history, no past, and no name]]!" He seems to be enjoying himself each time, but he really, ''really'' enjoys announcing the one and only deathmatch.

[[folder:Rhythm Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' has an announcer announce combo benchmarks, and combo breaks when he gets to ya. Then there's the general chatter he says during gameplay. The newest version of the game has one talk almost ''all the time'' over and over. Did we mention that the announcer sounds like a Mexican gangster?
** And then there's the announcer for the ''DDR'' emulator ''Dance with Intensity,'' a [[BizarroWorld bizarro-world]] version of the real thing. For example, where the 'real' announcer would say "You're like sunshine on a cloudy day!" the ''[=DwI=]'' announcer will say "You're like sunshine on my Raisin Bran!"
** The announcer can also get real abusive if you're about to fail in the "Hottest Party" games. As if we weren't under enough pressure from doing bad...
** ''Dance Dance Revolution [[XtremeKoolLetterz X]]'' got a new announcer, who was much more restrained
** Other Bemani games (besides ''Dance [=ManiaX=]'') generally keep the announcer in the menus.
** In most of the games after a certain point, you can turn off the Announcer's commentary (sometimes called "praise" in the options menu), but he'll still call out combos. In 2010 ''Dance Dance Revolution'' (''Hottest Party 4'' in some areas), this option was removed. Plus it seems like he comments every third arrow.
* The ''VideoGame/{{DJMAX}}'' series is generally good about keeping the announcer restricted to menus. But then came ''DJMAX Trilogy''. If you have Live Mode enabled, songs will have a cool reverb effect when you achieve x3 Fever or more...but you'll also have the announcer shout your combo at set milestones ([[{{Engrish}} "100 Combo extend!"]], etc.), and make comments every time you activate a Fever gauge:
--> "You the best DJ!" \\
"Amazing! Is it possible?!" \\
[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "Oh God! Can't stop!"]]

[[folder:Sports Games]]
* ''VideoGame/NBAJam'' was one of the earliest examples of this trope, with Tim Kitzrow doing his best Marv Albert impression. It was so popular that some of the lines ("BOOM-shakalaka!" "HE'S ON FIRE!") are popular within sports lexicon to this day.
* ''TabletopGame/BloodBowl'' has Jim Johnson the vampire and Bob Bifford the ogre commenting on the matches. Mostly in the PC game, but they are lore-wise the most famous duo of commentators, too.
-->'''Bob:''' Now that looks like a pretty serious injury.\\
'''Jim:''' Just a flesh wound!\\
'''Bob:''' Four inches deep?
* ''Brian Lara International Cricket 2005'' featured one of the more effective uses of this trope. To replicate the chatter heard on real TV and radio commentaries in quiet moments of the game, the various two-man commentary teams in BLIC '05 will engage in unscripted dialogue on general cricketing issues and tactics when there's nothing happening on the field of play.
* A mainstay in EASports series like NHLHockey and ''VideoGame/FIFASoccer''.
* ''Wave Race 64'' had one announcer that would always make a commentary if you blew past the competition, fell behind, or got knocked off your jet ski. Its sequel, ''Wave Race: Bluestorm'', demoted the announcer to just one phrase: "Ladies and gentlemen! Start your engines!" The constant chatter was moved to your character's coach and like in the previous game, would always comment when you fell off, passed a buoy the right or wrong way, and told you when you had turbo power.
** In ''Blue Storm'', there's an EasterEgg that went undiscovered for ''nine years''. What is it? Basically, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNDOcyEGhoQ "Your Coach Is An Asshole" Mode.]] Absolutely ''hilarious''.
* Some of the replaceable lines can get interesting in the more recent ProfessionalWrestling games that try to reproduce the announcers' dialogue, including 'witty' banter. A few can get it horribly wrong, as some reviews for ''VideoGame/SmackdownVsRaw 2007'' indicated--typically, in a niche game like this, it helps to actually, you know, get the maneuvers named correctly.
** ''Smackdown Vs. Raw '09'' is a little better with Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler, but ''worse'' with Michael Cole, who will oftentimes do nothing ''but'' repeat one category of move (calling any kind of kick "a vicious stomp," for example) or just plain mis-call moves. More cynical fans will consider this a subversion, as Michael Cole tends to be rather terrible in reality.
** It got worse in 2010: not only do the commentators say the same thing five times in a minute (and lack much of the enthusiasm of a live event) one time there was a comment on a move from Snitsky. Snitsky isn't even in the game. As good as the other advancements are it's disappointing that some areas were just dialed in with no effort.
** ''Smackdown Vs. RAW'' 2011 --at least the [=PS2=] edition-- is similarly bad about this, like how slapping on a leg lock will prompt comments about you applying pressure to the elbow or about how Vance Archer is going for the pin in a submission match he's not even participating in. Better yet, it has an option to disable Lawler and Cole's commentary that ''doesn't always work''. In certain match types, they still yap at full loudness even with the voice volume turned completely down.
** And ''WWE 14'' has commentary that is not only terribly unenthusiastic, every second line is repeated over and over to the point of switching it off altogether.
* NBA 2K series feature a very advanced one where the announcers can discuss the players on the floor( they have lines even for obscure role players) and the coaches, how the season progresses for the team, how the last season turned out for them, what is the strengths of the team etc.
* ''UFC Undisputed'' has proper commentary from Mike Goldberg and Joel Roegan as they go into detail about the fighters, their strengths and weaknesses, how they are performing, and get rather caught up in each contest, from excitement at each submission to concern over a bad cut or possible stoppage.
* The ''Fight Night'' series has them, as it's about professional boxing. However, they highly over-exaggerate how powerful attacks are and aren't aware that health regenerates too quickly for anything but haymakers or constant pressure to do anything but be a minor inconvenience.

[[folder:Shoot Em Up]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Parodius}} Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius]]'', the inane Japanese running commentary on the gameplay, courtesy of Creator/JojiYanami, is the titular gimmick--''jikkyou oshaberi'' loosely translates as "live chatter."
* The ''ThunderForce'' series has an announcer call out the item you obtain.
** ''Thunder Force AC'', an ''arcade'' port of the ''console'' game ''Thunder Force III'', extends this: in addition to the usual weapon-calling, there's a second, male announcer (for reading out the stage number and announcing the end of a stage), and the usual female announcer says the name of the stage.
** ''Thunder Force VI'''s announcer reads out the stage name and warns you of approaching bosses...''[[GratuitousForeignLanguage in]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangut_language Tangut]]''.

* The ''TabletopGame/{{Mahjong}} Fight Club'' series has a female announcer who tallies up yaku (hand points) for winning hands, announces the parameters and tells you what wind position you are at the start of each hand, and speaks in the menus -- she's silent during actual gameplay.
* Meanwhile, ''[=MJ4=]'', a similar Mahjong game, has a male LargeHamAnnouncer who comments on the game. Each player can only hear announcer comments about his/her own hand, and any game status that all four players would know. Which is a very good thing, as if the other players heard the announcer excitedly yelling "[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: YAKUMAN TENPAI DA! ]]
" talking about your hand, they'd know you have a big hand, which would severely hamper you chances of actually winning with your big hand.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonStadium'' has an announcer voice that says which Pokémon came out, current standings, etc. The announcer also has a habit of getting very excited and becoming overenthusiastic when the action gets tense (such as "TAKEN DOWN WITH ONE HIT!"). There is an option to turn the announcer off.
** The announcer never shuts up if you stall your turn due to taking a break or whatever. He'll spew lines like "What's the matter, trainer?" and the like over and over again until you take your turn.
** Strangely enough, the announcer is absent when you fight [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] after clearing the entire stadium challenges and Gym Leader Castle.
** It's even worse in ''Pokémon Battle Revolution''. The announcer [[MadLibsDialogue constructs sentences]] out of {{Mons}}' names, attacks and stock phrases, but the gaps between pieces and changes in inflection make it painfully obvious the voice actor read each piece separately without the director notifying him how they fit together.
** Additionally, the ''Battle Revolution'' announcer is quite a lot chattier than his ''Stadium'' counterpart, and ''there is no way to turn him off''.

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* ''VideoGame/{{s4league}}'': "CRITICAL-CRI-CRI-CRITICAL!" "Amazing! Is it Possible!?" "Excellent! You the max!"
** On a side note some of the quotes were probably taken from ''VideoGame/DJMax''.
* The ''VideoGame/MondayNightCombat'' games bring us [[CombatCommentator Mickey Cantor]] (who calls the game from prison and is hated so much that he's been subjected to six assassination attempts, two of which were succesful) and (in the sequel) his replacements [[PluckyComicRelief Chip Valvano]] (who drifts off to sea on the backs of losing team members after matches) and [[StraightMan GG Stacks]] (who's had seventy-three marriages and counting, four of which he divorced in the same morning). All three are completely insane, of course.
** Stacks takes the "insane" part UpToEleven during [[HordeMode Blitz]] (which he participates in so he can take his personal problems out on you), who goes from playing the StraightMan to screaming into the mic as you destroy his robots.
--->Stacks: ''""And your moneyball is back up! Nice job! '''Son of a bitch, Jesus, Fasdaskdjsafkaskfj!!'''"''
--->Stacks: ''"They don't understand! '''THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND!'''"''

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* The original ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto 1'' & 2 had a parody game-show announcer to voice pick-ups, bonuses, special feats, and the player's death. ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto: London 1969'' had an announcer with a rowdy Cockney accent.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'''s [[ShowWithinAShow Terror Is Reality]] has TK as the host introducing the games, but then has two other commentators who actually comment during the games themselves, including a very funny ex-player as the color commentator.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' has Zach and Bobby provide color commentary for games of [[DeadlyGame Professor Genki's Super Ethical Reality Climax]] and the Genkibowl DLC, and during Murderbrawl XXXI in the final Luchadores mission. Both return in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' to commentate on one of the mini-games, Professor Genki's Mind Over Murder.

* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' Has [[LargeHam Baron Deathmark]] doing the announcements for Huttball. Such announcements include reminders of the rules before the match starts, who's winning versus who's loosing, taunting the loosing team, and reminding the players that while cannibalism hasn't been done before, that doesn't mean the Player Characters can't or shouldn't.

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* ''Irritating Stick'' for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation is one of a number of {{Licensed Game}}s based on the Japanese GameShow ''Ucchan Nanchan no Honoo no Challenger''. The [=PlayStation=] version is the only one localized with an English announcer; thankfully, there is an option to turn his voice off.
* ''Power Shovel'' for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation is presented like a Japanese GameShow, complete with enthusiastic announcer reactions to the player's performance.
!!Non-Video Game Examples:

* Throughout ''Film/TheWarriors'', the radio DJ keeps up a running commentary on the events of the film, including taunting the Warriors for getting themselves into trouble. She provides the same service during [[VideoGame/TheWarriors the video game adaptation]] - after every mission, stand by the radio for a moment and she'll recap what's gone down. (If you die, [[HaveANiceDeath she mocks you for it, as well]].)

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* In an episode of ''Series/HappyEndings'', Penny, Dave and Alex are playing indoor baseball and David is both pitching and announcing, in a fairly obtrusive Howard Cosell announcer voice.
-->'''Dave:''' Its a balmy eight degrees outside while inside we're at the top of the 99th inning during the longest winter ever, and this announcer's one more snow flurry away from harming himself aaand others!
-->'''Penny:''' Shut up and pitch!

* The Creator/WilliamsElectronics pinball ''Pinball/TheatreOfMagic'' has an off-screen announcer who excitedly provides commentary and announces each illusion throughout the game.
-->'''Announcer:''' That ball is ''full'' of magic!
* Creator/PatLawlor's games tend to have this, be it a single commentator (Rudy from ''Pinball/FunHouse''), a pair of them (Red and Ted from ''Pinball/RedAndTedsRoadShow'', Bud and Buzz from ''Pinball/NoGoodGofers''), or a whole cast of them.
* Creator/SteveRitchie's ''[[Pinball/NoFearDangerousSports No Fear: Dangerous Sports]]'' has constant banter between the Announcer and Skull the Bone Head.
* Gunther the Gopher in Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''[[Pinball/TeedOff Tee'd Off]]'' constantly does this to distract the player.
* Used extensively in ''Pinball/{{Indianapolis 500}}'', thanks to RealLife motorsports commentators and announcers Paul Page, Bobby Unser, and Tom Carnegie.
* Similarly, ''Pinball/{{NASCAR}}'' features RealLife NBC sportscaster Allen Bestwick announcing the gameplay -- accompanied by an assortment of rowdy fans.
* Ol' One-Eye provides assorted quips and jokes in ''Pinball/BoneBusters''

* In RealLife, this sometimes happens near the end of a blowout. For example, near the end of a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jFfdagwzrA Wisconsin-Michigan St. game]] on ESPN had CaptainObvious himself, Brent Musburger and Steve Lavin killing the final two minutes rambling about everything from Website/YouTube (including a brief mention of sideline reporter and resident MsFanservice Erin Andrews) to Creator/SylvesterStallone using human growth hormone for one of the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' films (causing an audible groan from Musberger, who had a [[TheCameo cameo]] in the [[Film/RockyII second movie]]).
* In VideoGame/StarCraftII, the first five minutes of each game tend to be uneventful, unless a player is trying a particularly daring strategy. As such, the announcers for the World Championship Series will often go off on random tangents during this time, whether it be gossiping about the players, comparing flight itineraries, or discussing time-travel movies.