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  Rhinotones

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6/09/13 12:34:49 AM#21

I become far more immersed in a game if there are good voice overs, particularly for main characters I interact with consistently. An example of this Diablo's Deckard Cain who voice totally compelled me to help and follow his instructions when playing the original Diablo.

Getting the voice right is very important though. If his voice had sounded like that of one of the Goblins in WoW it would have irritated the you know what out of me.

A game with quality voice overs can only add another layer to it's immersion if done well.

  Xiaoki

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6/09/13 12:40:46 AM#22


Originally posted by DavisFlight
An MMORPG will never be as good as a singleplayer RPG. Trying to be one is tossing money and resources into a bottomless pit. Devs should instead focus on massive storytelling, which is what MMOs are good for. Scripted, solo, linear, instanced content is NOT what MMOs should focus on if they want success.

The Dynamic Events in Guild wars 2 are fully voiced, which are not solo or instanced.


And I do believe that GW2 has been quite successful.


So, you can have voice acting in MMOs and not have it be reserved entirely for story cut scenes.

  jpnz

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6/09/13 12:48:33 AM#23
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.

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  Rydeson

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6/09/13 2:39:42 AM#24
total waste of resources.. IMO
  crack_fox

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6/09/13 3:35:37 AM#25
Love it. I thought the voice-overs in TOR were excellent and I rarely skipped them. I don't know how much of the total development costs went into voicing all of the quests, but I think it was money well spent. 
  emperorwings

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6/09/13 3:40:19 AM#26
Saves reading if your just focusing on game progression and not worrying about the story.

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  thexrated

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6/09/13 4:12:02 AM#27
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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  Fdzzaigl

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6/09/13 4:17:08 AM#28

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.

Feel free to use my referral link for SW:TOR if you want to test out the game. You'll get some special unlocks!

  ignore_me

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6/09/13 4:19:50 AM#29
It should be shelved until the AI can talk on its own.

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  ignore_me

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6/09/13 4:21:46 AM#30
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.

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  H3deon

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6/09/13 4:25:14 AM#31

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.

  nariusseldon

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6/09/13 10:24:39 AM#32
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.
  Aelious

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World > Quest Progression

6/09/13 10:50:53 AM#33
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.
  Indol

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6/09/13 11:26:58 AM#34

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.

  Sovrath

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6/09/13 11:30:10 AM#35
I rather like it.
  AG-Vuk

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6/09/13 11:31:13 AM#36
Nice , but should be optional ( as in can be toggled ) and kept within a cost limit.

  Onomas

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Sandbox is your only hope for a decent mmo ;)

6/09/13 11:31:23 AM#37

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.

  DavisFlight

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6/09/13 1:27:37 PM#38
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?

  Drakynn

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6/09/13 1:30:56 PM#39

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.

  Xthos

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6/09/13 1:32:25 PM#40

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.

 

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