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« Reply #30 on: June 08, 2008, 06:30:18 AM »

Which is why I said "that's a ridiculous example" and then promptly dismissed it.
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« Reply #31 on: June 08, 2008, 09:49:27 AM »

The game's Voice Acting makes me want to weep and than die.
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« Reply #32 on: June 08, 2008, 10:36:02 AM »

And to go tangential, there's the perception of voice acting in different parts of the world.  In Japan and Europe, doing voice acting is more highly regarded than in the US.  In Japan, some seiyuu, like the legendary Megumi Hayashibara, are household names and sometimes more famous than live actors.  Are seiyuu in Japan decently paid?  

At least back when my parents lived in England, there was a storytelling culture and lending one's voice talents for a storybook on cassette or an animated program was highly regarded.  In England, the queen herself would occasionally read storybooks on cassette.  

But in America, doing voice acting and voice over work is not as highly regarded as live acting.  Many American voice actors are "has been" actors.  Although it is becoming more highly regarded (i.e. big name celebs wanting to provide voices for Pixar or Dreamworks films), and people like Frank Welker have been doing extremely well in it for decades, it's not as highly regarded as "live" acting.  And I'm willing to bet that voice actors are paid far less than TV, film, and stage counterparts.  

So though I do think that no matter where you go there is both good and bad voice acting, the perception of voice acting within the cultural context is not something that can be ignored.

And I still think that if O~3 had a budget/more disposable income, they could have hired trained voice actors and done a better job with the localization.
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« Reply #33 on: June 08, 2008, 02:09:13 PM »

In addition to voice acting, there's also this little thing called voice directing. Bad directors can result in even good actors doing lousy performances. For instance, Grandia Xtreme had Dean Cain, Mark Hamill, and Lisa Loeb, but still had terrible voicework. The Digital Devil Saga games, on the other hand, didn't have big-name celebrities doing the voices, but still had superb voice acting.
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« Reply #34 on: June 08, 2008, 02:46:49 PM »

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From what I hear, Japanese voice acting really isn't all that better than English voice acting.


Unless you understand Japanese, that statement couldn't be more invalid.  If you don't understand the words spoken, there is no way you could evaluate the quality of the voice actor's presentation of them.

THIS.

In the end, it really does come down to personal preference.  I've played some games in japanese where fans will swear by the voice acting until the day they die, but I find myself wondering what they're smoking.  The same goes for english voice acting, obviously.  Have you guys read some of the comments in that YouTube link in the opening post?
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« Reply #35 on: June 08, 2008, 02:51:41 PM »

I've watched a lot of anime in Japanese (with subs of course,) and almost all the female voices grate my ears, since so many of them are high-pitched. Then there's always the guy with the ultra-low, epic voice that sounds cool, but doesn't fit the character.

Anyways, yeah, the voice acting was awgul. I closed the tab after a minute. The girl who voiced Karen was even worse than the other voices.
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« Reply #36 on: June 08, 2008, 03:24:21 PM »

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I did lol at "Venom Bless" (supposed to be Venom Breath) when I read it in Pat's review.  

I know Pat's usually more forgiving of localizations than other reviewers, so if he says it's bad, it's steaming-pile-of-hippo-dookie-in-your-face bad.


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« Reply #37 on: June 08, 2008, 03:25:59 PM »

Ahahahaha wow thanks, I needed that laugh. The guys sound prissy, the girls sound sedated. I love it!
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« Reply #38 on: June 08, 2008, 05:25:24 PM »

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I personally think many think Japanese voice acting is better simply because they can't understand it.

local drama class in high school even.

This is worse than anything I've heard from any high school theatre program.

Can someone confirm this is real? It all sounds like a joke to me. The dialogue, acting, everything... just terrible.


Don't diss high school theatre. Our productions are better than a lot of professional productions. But then again, a great deal of high school theatre sucks so I'll let the generalization slide. :p

But seriously, this is the shittiest thing I've ever heard. I can't believe this got past...any level of production. I'd rather have no voice acting than bad voice acting. Actually, I would be fine if most games did not have voice acting at all.
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« Reply #39 on: June 08, 2008, 05:44:22 PM »

Personally, I'm of the opinion that bad voice acting in this day and age is done on purpose for the sake of comedy.
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« Reply #40 on: June 08, 2008, 05:48:55 PM »

... Admittedly if I played this game I might want to keep it in english for the comedy factor, and it's not like it's some gripping epic drama that'd be ruined by bad VA. It's a silly crossover strategy RPG.
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« Reply #41 on: June 08, 2008, 05:51:20 PM »

The creepy artwork would prevent me from taking the game seriously, regardless of the voice acting quality.
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« Reply #42 on: June 08, 2008, 07:56:21 PM »

It's the man named Nicole!  The sub/dub debate always amuses me because you usually have a choice to listen to one or the other these days.  Now if this game had just this dub, then yeah, scary stuff there.

My favorite part of the clips had to be the ambiguously gay performance of Uru.  Talk about great unintentional (?) irony.
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« Reply #43 on: June 08, 2008, 08:07:58 PM »

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The sub/dub debate always amuses me because you usually have a choice to listen to one or the other these days.  Now if this game had just this dub, then yeah, scary stuff there.

It actually seems to be way, way calmer these days, almost non-existent. Probably for that reason, but also higher quality work and a lot of people simply downloading fansubs and making it nigh-irrelevent.
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« Reply #44 on: June 08, 2008, 08:28:30 PM »

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Personally, I'm of the opinion that bad voice acting in this day and age is done on purpose for the sake of comedy.


It doesn't hurt as much if you think of it like that anyway. :/
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