Jim Foronda

Voice actorad creative, nerd. I write and record on a computer I built myself, in a room filled with books, robots, replica video game props, small but generously-proportioned plastic women and the occasional cat. Luckily, I managed to marry my high school sweetheart before she realized what she was getting into. When not playing games, I sometimes act in them. I’m also writing a novel that may eventually get finished. Ever the optimist, I still anticipate the future as presented by EPCOT Center circa 1983.
  • Fun On The Cheap: Paper + Pen + Cat + Camera

    Oh for cryin’ out loud, it’s another cat article. I can’t help it. If the Dog Whisperer can have a weekly television show about calmly convincing dogs to stop pooping in their humans’ shoes, I ought to be able to write a cat article every few months. A few weeks ago, I read a Kotaku […]

  • A Week Ago In A Galaxy One, One State Away...

    If you are nerd-type person, then there is an excellent chance you have a collection of a lot of stuff from a favorite thing, like a comic or a video game or a movie series. If it is a massive collection of sports memorabilia, you might actually be a jock-type person, but who am I […]

  • Black Friday Has Changed

    If there is any contemporary event the most closely resembles the apocalypse it's Black Friday or some horrific disaster that I'm belittling by making that joke. Though he's hung up his one armed leather jacket, Jim was once the Mad Max of Black Friday. Here he relives one of his greatest moves.   -ben   […]

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  • Choose Your Own Apocalypse

    WHICH APOCALYPSE IS RIGHT FOR YOU? In the video game universe, sometimes you’re trying to prevent an apocalypse and other times you’re surviving one. What is amazing is just how many creative and exciting ways to experience end of civilization as we know it. What apocalypse should you be playing right now?     ZOMBIES […]

  • The Power Rangers School Of Fashion

    I will never be on the cover of GQ. My fashion sense is quite similar to that of many other geeky folk, consisting of some pop-culture T-shirt and a pair of jeans or shorts. If it’s cold, maybe a themed hoodie or something. But that doesn’t mean I don’t put any thought behind it. About […]

  • The Scariest Books We've Read

    It's October. The weather is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter and all basic cable programming has turned to grainy nightvision footage. Even Animal Planet. It's the second scariest time of year next to the last day of school. To celebrate we're going to share with you the scariest books we've ever read. Click the […]

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  • Overcoming My Own Personal Jill Sandwich

    In the 90s, I worked at a small mom & pop game store in Orlando by the name of Video Game Trader. It was a fascinating time for the industry as games gradually moved to disc format, allowing for more content, larger play worlds, full-motion video and... characters that talk. There had been some speech […]

  • The Best Thing About Destiny

    A lot has been said about the much hyped game Destiny. And, while it never much peaked his interest, this week Jim finally succumbs to the peer pressure and plays the new game with some old friends. Here's Jim.    I will confess here: I was never much of a Halo player. I am also […]

  • A Video Game Review...Sort Of: Viva Dallas Burlesque’s Naughty Bits

    Editor's note: As a geek I was excited to hear we won. The final shot in the culture wars was the unibeam powered success of the Iron Man films and as mainstream bowed before  their new rulers of popular culture I'll admit I was smug. Since then the ensuing Pax Geekania has been beneficial for […]

  • Akihabara Electric Town Comes Home

    Getting married is a rite of passage. Rites of passages usually signify a transition from one life stage to another. But, not always. Jim may have grown older but has defined growing up his own way. He’s been a toy-tech, the voice of Optimus Prime and Cobra Commander and has played more video games than […]

  • Modern Board Game Marketing Scrabble Boggles My Mind

    Last weekend  I was perusing the aisles of Toys R Us, looking to see if there were any good clearance deals left– all color-coded tags had dropped to 95% off. Needless to say, anything of value had been picked clean and all that remained were piles of Monster High iPhone 4 cases. I'd noticed that […]

  • Road Trips: When The Brain Makes Something Out Of Nothing

    Super Ultra Mega Getting married is a rite of passage. Rites of passages usually signify a transition from one life stage to another. But, not always. Jim may have grown older but has defined growing up his own way. He’s been a toy-tech, the voice of Optimus Prime and Cobra Commander and has played more […]

  • CONVENTION HOW-TO: Risky Business – Surviving “Client Dinners” At San Diego Comic-Con

    This is the third in an Ultra Mega Super series on attending conventions (part one, part two). As a nine-year veteran of San Diego Comic-Con, I hope to share some insight. Especially if you’re heading out to the Con next week for business. For a lot of people in geeky industries, SDCC is simultaneously exhausting […]

  • Sub Prime: When I Was Leader Of The Autobots

    Some readers may not be aware that I have two jobs: I work in advertising and I’m also a voice actor for things like cartoons and video games. This is one story where these jobs crossed paths. With a giant robot.As you may know, what with Mark Wahlberg dodging explosions every commercial break this past […]

  • Kitten-Proof Gaming

    Longtime readers of DWH know that I am most certainly a cat person. However, the recent adoption of a particularly curious and persistent kitten has made gaming a bit more... difficult.In the past, my cats always went after stuff on screen. Indy ruined the “Licker smashing through two-way mirror” scene in Resident Evil 2 by […]

  • WELCOME TO MY ARCADE. IF I HAD ONE.

    There’s a small scene in X-Men: Days Of Future Past where Quicksilver plays Pong against himself. The weird thing is that instead of falling into the background as a sight gag, I thought, “Wow, that cabinet is in great shape. I wonder if it’s real?” I’d like to think that the producers found an actual […]

  • CONVENTION HOW-TO: “But...It’s Art!” – Justifying Your Questionable Purchase.

    This is the second in an Ultra Mega Super series on attending conventions. As a nine-year veteran of San Diego Comic-Con, I hope to share some insight.With Dallas Comic Con happening this weekend, I figured now is a good time to prepare you for something that will probably happen at some point in time in […]

  • PLAYING GAMES WITH YOUR NON-GAMER SIGNIFICANT OTHER

    There are several happy gaming couples out there. They play co-op, camp out for consoles together, trade Pokémon with each other and go on raids together. This article is not for them. This is for people like me who are the lone gamer in a relationship. My wife Karin used to play games, ranging from […]

  • I AM ANTI-ANTISOCIAL

    Most nerds are socially awkward. The first step to solving this problem is admitting you have it. With effort, it is possible to overcome much of our goofiness...but we will still make the occasional joke referencing a boss monster from a PlayStation One video game at a party with our spouse’s coworkers and everyone present […]

  • You Are A Terrible Terrible Person

    I like to think that I’m a pretty good guy. I make room for cars to merge into my lane on freeway entrance ramps. I let the shopper with just one item go ahead of me in the checkout lane. Hell, I was once given $20 too much in extra change at Best Buy and […]

  • The Need For Speed Movie: Cinema Not To Be Skipped

    Yes. You read that right. Allow me to clarify.The first time I played a Need For Speed game was actually the first Need For Speed game, released in 1994 as a year-long exclusive on the 3DO “Interactive Multiplayer” – Road & Track Presents The Need For Speed. On a slow summer day at GameTrader of […]

  • …Then I Took A Ceramic Bunny Planter To The Knee

    Every so often my wife and I will go to an estate sale. While some people go all American Pickers and try to find things that will make them rich and famous and the next show on the History Channel, we’re simply looking for fun. For instance, I like old board games­– specifically games that I’ve […]

  • A LEGO Beginner’s Guide To LEGROPING

    I am a LEGO fan. I still have my old bricks dating back to the 70’s, including those funky Duplo arches that looked kind of like the old Hilton logo. Brothers Brick is part of my daily internet news routine. And I so very much want that super-awesome Architecture Studio set. I don’t rank anywhere […]

  • CONVENTION HOW-TO: Photographing Celebrities or How Not To Get Killed By Darth Maul

    This is the first in an Ultra Mega Super series on attending conventions, meaning science fiction, comic book, anime and/or gaming conventions. As a nine-year veteran of San Diego Comic-Con, I hope to share some insight. At SDCC, every movie studio/television network/publishing company is there to get people to consume their product. A decade ago, […]

  • PRESS X to CAT

    Ben Wallace hates cats. This is a known fact. I, on the other hand, quite like them. Long-time readers of the site may remember Ben’s delight in telling the story of the sinister Mr. Jim, alias the Cat Boogeyman. He turned a genuinely heartwarming story of feral catch/fix/release into the feline version of Friday The 13th. Still […]

  • All Systems Go, Prepare For Launch

    Today we welcome Jim Foronda to Dumb White Husband. Jim will be heading up all things geek. Is he qualified? Jim has been the voice of Duke, Cobra Commander, Opitmus Prime and Megatron as well as appearing in many video games including the Borderland series. He's spent the better part of two decades making toy […]