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Voice Acting in MMORPG's good or wasted resources?

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  • thexratedthexrated OuluPosts: 1,368Member Common
    Absolutely needed, voice adds a lot to immersion. However, this does not mean that cut scenes should be over used. VO can be done without cut scenes.

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  • FdzzaiglFdzzaigl Somewhere in nowherePosts: 2,323Member Uncommon

    Yes, I love it. If you want a larger part of the population to care about your backstory, that's a good way to start.

    Of course, the actual dialogue needs to be worthwile as well.

    TOR still had the most interesting level-up experience by far, but things like alien dialogue and big stretches of dialogue for simple fetch quests were a bit too much.

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  • ignore_meignore_me Apple Valley, CAPosts: 1,987Member
    It should be shelved until the AI can talk on its own.

    Survivor of the great MMORPG Famine of 2011

  • ignore_meignore_me Apple Valley, CAPosts: 1,987Member
    Originally posted by jpnz
    Swtor is a financial success so in a business sense it is a good investment. Whether you like VO in mmos is a personal opinion.

    Yeah I'm sure it had nothing to do with the IP, or appealing directly to the largest segment of the market by copying WoW.

    Survivor of the great MMORPG Famine of 2011

  • H3deonH3deon GrPosts: 36Member

    it have started to bother me hen there is only text, whiich is a new "issue" for me, never bothered me in the past  *shrug*

    but still it would be less of an issue if the MMOs had less quests, which is a personal wish, less and more indepth and longer to complete.

  • nariusseldonnariusseldon santa clara, CAPosts: 22,441Member
    VO is great . but just VO is not enough. They need scripted events like those in SP games. Just standing around talk talk talk is not very interesting.
  • AeliousAelious Portland, ORPosts: 2,854Member Uncommon
    Yes unless you're SoE. SoEMote allows them to record the VO and facial movements at the same time. It really makes talking to NPCs immersive and is a nice touch.

    Other than that having staged voiceovers like SWTOR is nice but far too overdone. If it's smaller group of large quests sure but if it's every quest it becomes as skip-able as quest text.
  • IndolIndol O''Fallon, MOPosts: 189Member

    MMO's never required voice acting to be fun before voice acting became a thing.

    I personally don't think the investment-to-payoff ratio is at all in favor of voice acting - It just eats up too many resources for what it adds to MMO's. Those resources could be better spent improving game play, I think at least. Especially considering how lackluster, if not cringe-worthy, most voice acting turns out to be.

  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,455Member Uncommon
    I rather like it.
  • AG-VukAG-Vuk Phoenix, AZPosts: 823Member Uncommon
    Nice , but should be optional ( as in can be toggled ) and kept within a cost limit.

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  • OnomasOnomas Rock Hill, SCPosts: 1,128Member Uncommon

    Waste of resources of course. A 2 week long story will not hold up if a game is to survive years. Content, ability to make your own content and story, and features to draw you in and keep you busy are far more important if you want your game to survive and prosper.

    People are playing mmorpg's like they are console games and try to beat them fast as they can and move on to the next........ this can not happen in a mmorpg without losing mass populace. Need longevity in a mmorpg.

  • DavisFlightDavisFlight Talahasee, FLPosts: 2,556Member
    Originally posted by jpnz
    Swtor is a financial success so in a business sense it is a good investment.

    Yeah, thats why EA stock dropped and they fired half the dev team and the founders of the company quit. Success! Haha, in what universe?

  • DrakynnDrakynn The Pas, MBPosts: 2,030Member

    I think total voice overs are a waste of resources in a MMOPRG.

    Like others have said they are fine in cutscenes and for one liners for NPCs but in general MMORPGs are so large in terms of NPCs compared to other game genres that the money is better spent elsewhere IMO.

  • XthosXthos Columbus, OHPosts: 2,628Member

    In a full fledged mmo, they are a waste for the most part, for a lobby type mmo, its ok.

     

    I would rather they spend the money on content and features myself, as I am a spacebar hitter on quests and such....Not a big fan of rails and quest hubs either though.

     

  • coretex666coretex666 PraguePosts: 1,934Member Uncommon
    Wasted, imo.

    Waiting for L2 EU Classic

  • furbansfurbans Tinbucktwo, IAPosts: 965Member

    If in used in moderation then they are totally worth it.

    GW2 personal story or any games main storyline I'd say is totally worth it as long as it's immersive.

    Now in SWTOR's case, they went way overboard for every friggin quest.  In instanced dungeons I thought it was very nice with the choices n whatnot (but I can see how after doing the dungeon for the 5th time it can get rather tedious) along with the class stories, but everything else was a waste.

    Neverwinter I'm at a loss for as I don't see what they hoped to achieve.  Your quest givers were all voiced and yet the instanced quests have very little and dungeon delves had damn near nothing.  And yet vendors were voiced.  Really I have not ideal what Cryptic was thinking.

     

  • AIMonsterAIMonster Apopka, FLPosts: 2,059Member

    It's generally a waste.  A lot of game companies spend money hiring celebrity voice actors when lesser known voice actors often do as good of a job.  Voice acting can easily become one of the biggest expenses in game production and I don't think the payoff is really worth it.  There are some points in the game where voice acting can be interesting (for example during boss fights where reading text can be difficult) or to stress importance of certain situations as well as adding ambiance.

    It's possible in the future we won't even need voice actors, when programs like Vocaloid can produce near human quality levels of voice.

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  • TheJodaTheJoda chicago, ILPosts: 467Member
    Originally posted by Quirhid
    For cutscenes and the like, yes ofcourse its worth it. For everything else, not so much.

    ^ I agree 100% with ya here!

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  • TheJodaTheJoda chicago, ILPosts: 467Member
    Originally posted by Krimzin

    It wasn't bad in SWTOR, but honestly after the first couple days I would just skip them. I would rather they used the resources for something more tangible.

    SWTOR did do it good I will agree.  But I think despite what they claim they spent their money on, it was the voice acting and they blew it for the rest of the game!

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  • drakaenadrakaena Posts: 488Member Uncommon
    A waste imo. I play virtual worlds to forge my own story, not watch a predetermined outcome.
  • MadamefateMadamefate Brooklyn, NYPosts: 171Member
    In most cases people only click through quests anyway. Spoken dialogue makes you pay attention atleast a little longer.
  • maplestonemaplestone Ottawa, ONPosts: 3,099Member
    Originally posted by drakaena
    A waste imo. I play virtual worlds to forge my own story, not watch a predetermined outcome.

    This is really what a lot of the negative responses boil down to - people fear that it will become a creative vortex rather than opening up new directions for the industry to go.  Once publishers are committed to spending a huge sum of money on voice acting as a basic feature, their attention has to then focus on how to best leverage that static recorded dialogue.  It threatens to reduce variation in world expression even as it allows more vivid story expression.

     

  • nerovipus32nerovipus32 dublinPosts: 2,735Member
    Originally posted by Quirhid
    For cutscenes and the like, yes ofcourse its worth it. For everything else, not so much.

    Cutscenes have no place in an mmorpg, if you want cut scenes go play one of those hollywood inspired single player games.

  • nerovipus32nerovipus32 dublinPosts: 2,735Member
    Originally posted by jpnz
    Swtor is a financial success so in a business sense it is a good investment. Whether you like VO in mmos is a personal opinion.

    So is justin Bieber, what's your point?

  • VincerKadenVincerKaden Edison, NJPosts: 457Member

    To me, it's a waste of resources. Cut scenes and "story/epic quests" are not what I'm looking for in an MMO. I really don't care to play an MMO where I follow the same story as everyone else. Watching a cut scene is like watching a cartoon that happens to star my character, but I've got no control that results in something meaningful.

    I'd tell devs to spend their money on adding a new zone, sub-system (fishing, gathering, gambling, etc.) and let us use the virtual world instead of watching a scripted scene.

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