Neoseeker : News : The Elder Scrolls Online's voice cast impresses with John Cleese, Bill Nighy and Malcolm McDowell
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Shadow of Death Jan 23, 14
Not really a fan of celeb voice work in games (or animated movies). It takes money away from hiring people who actually train for these roles and are experienced with them.

They do it for exposure, and exposure IS important to success with anything, but really...I think TESO will succeed or fail on its own. It's a TES game, not exactly lacking in exposure.

Of course, I did like Patrick Stewart as the voice the King in TESIV, so I can't really complain >_>
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Jamozk Ekhiss Jan 23, 14
Didn't they realise that this is a bad idea after getting Patrick Stewart cost so much that Oblivion only had about 5 other voice actors?
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bluexy Jan 23, 14
Jamozk Ekhiss Shadow of Death Actually, all of these folk have extensive voice-work history in both animation and video games. Every single one of them.

Except Kate Beckinsale. No idea about that.
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Shadow of Death Jan 23, 14
bluexy - Fair enough. Still though, it's money that would be best appropriated to people who probably would have cost 1/10th as much. They could have either hired more people (no idea how extensive a voice cast there is, I wouldn't think this list is all of them, and just the more famous ones?), put it into some other aspect of development, or just pocketed it.

That said, I'm sure it'll sound well. I look forward to recognizing Cleese at least.
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bluexy Jan 23, 14
Shadow of Death Yar, there's definitely a robust supporting cast beyond these 10.
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Aurora Jan 23, 14
When I saw this title I thought "hm, great" but I agree with Shadow of Death actually.

More money spent on hiring expensive celebrity voices means less money for everything else. Hardly seems like a prudent use of money for the development of a game that depends on people not just buying the game out of impulse and being impressed for the first hour, but continually paying a subscription fee.

As long as the voice actors are technically skilled, I don't mind who they are. In some ways, I'd rather have voices that I CAN'T recognise.
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bluexy Jan 23, 14
Guys. Come on. Having a good voice cast is not a sign that any other area in itself will be worse off. If you've got criticisms for the game in other respective areas, that's fair, but don't be petty. This is a great voice acting list and it will make the game better, at least in this regard.
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Shadow of Death Jan 23, 14
I don't think it's petty, bluexy. I think it's a valid criticism, spending so much money on have recognizable VAs when there are others who can do as good a job if not better, for less. They don't really need the extra exposure celebe VAs give for this game. It's not like you can see their faces. You might recognize their voices, but is that really a good thing? One could argue that it breaks immersion when you recognize a celeb's voice work in a fantasy game.

Same could be said about movies, but really I don't care much for celebs in general TBH. Sure, there are some that I like the look or sound of, but if if someone unrecognized can do the job as well, if not better...So much the better really. Celebs exist more to make something more widely recognized, to sell extra units basically. Talent is a factor, but more often than not it's about whether their face (or voice as the case may be) will promote the media.

The presence of celebrities doesn't really make me more keen to get this game. Maybe it'll get a little more exposure, wrangle a few more people into buying it, but in this case I don't really think it was worth the extra money TBH. It was doing just fine before.

It's their choice though, they seemed to think that it worth it and I'm not really bothered cost:benefit analysis aside. It's not like it's going to stop me from getting the game. Might even get a kick out of it in the end, though I don't associate voices to most of the names.
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bluexy Jan 23, 14
Shadow of Death It's not petty that you you think some voice actors are better than others. That's your opinion. It is petty to say they're wasting money on this and that other parts of the game are/will be worse because of it.

Also, again, 10/11 of these folk aren't just celebs, they're highly experienced and talented voice-work artists. That they're also celebs is kind of a symptom of that.
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Shadow of Death Jan 23, 14
bluexy - It doesn't have an unlimited budget. Whenever money is allocated to something, inevitably something could (if not would) suffer, even if it is just the bottom line (IE: Causing the budget to be increased to account for the 'necessary' VAs). Personally, I'd rather the money had been put into either adding a bit more in-game content (IE: Even more voice work, music, art assets, etc.), or polish.

Basically, the money came from somewhere and we can only play 'what if?' about it.
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bluexy Jan 23, 14
quote Shadow of Death
bluexy - It doesn't have an unlimited budget. Whenever money is allocated to something, inevitably something could (if not would) suffer, even if it is just the bottom line (IE: Causing the budget to be increased to account for the 'necessary' VAs). Personally, I'd rather the money had been put into either adding a bit more in-game content (IE: Even more voice work, music, art assets, etc.), or polish.

Basically, the money came from somewhere and we can only play 'what if?' about it.
That's not how game budgets work!
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Fragment of Chaos Jan 23, 14
Awesome voice cast! When I first heard Cadwell I instantly recognized John Cleese, LOL! I honestly don't see the big deal between voice actors and regular actors. Typically they each similar experience. Of course actors have broader range of experience when it comes to mo-cap and facial recognition tech etc (but I don't think they have that big of a budget on this game.)
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Shadow of Death Jan 24, 14
bluexy - Keep telling yourself that >_>
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bluexy Jan 24, 14
quote Shadow of Death
bluexy - Keep telling yourself that >_>
Yes, I do think I'll trust my years of experience on this one.
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