Back in the 1990s, folks thought that video games that relied heavily on filmed sequences were the future. That future never really came to pass, but the cheesiness of 1990s games like Night Trap and Harvester earned them places of affection in gamers’ collective subconscious. However, some of the onscreen talent from those games wound up in really dark places.


A new video up on Pushing Up Roses runs down the post-games careers and biographies of the actors who played lead characters in full-motion video games. While the bleak downward spirals of more famous stars like Night Trap’s Dana Plato may be more well-known, the twisting journeys of some of the performers from other big-name FMV titles are surprising and, in at least one case, a little gross. Hopefully, the actors in newer FMV titles like Her Story and Roundabout won’t suffer similar fates.