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Offline Cruithne

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American accents in RPGs suck
« on: September 02, 2006, 03:27:40 pm »
I like our American cousins. I happen to think they have given us some great things by way of culture over the last hundred years or so. They excel at a particular type of cinematic art, and their contribution to world literature could compete with any other nation on the planet.
But, I have a problem with their accents, especially in RPGs. Many's the time I have had a potentially incredible RPG experience ruined by the inclusion of cheesey American accents.
The best example I can come up with is Thief: deadly shadows a great little faux medieval game, completely ruined by the inclusion of accents that were straight outta the Bronx.

Is an accent really that important you ask?, well all I can say is that my favourite game of last year Dragon Quest 8 was made all the more enjoyable by the top notch voice acting, provided by quality British actors, not least of all the voice of Yangus by Ricky Grover, a brilliant comedian who bears more than a passing resemblance to Yangus.
I've just read that the US edition of FF XII will be voiced by English actors and I breathed a sigh or relief at the news.

So, am I just too fussy?

Do people have a preference when it comes to voice acting in games?



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Re: American accents in RPGs suck
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2006, 03:34:41 pm »
Personally I do prefer english accent, or scottish however it does depend on the character
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Re: American accents in RPGs suck
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2006, 03:36:20 pm »
I'm not really that fussy, as long as it's not as bad as FFX's voice-acting.
So.
HORRIBLE.  :(

Unlikely accents would be a little bit off-putting, but secondary to the acting itself.

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Re: American accents in RPGs suck
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2006, 04:10:08 pm »
i know what you mean but the English voice acting in games is terrible they all speak queens English and sound very posh when most of england don't speak anything like this

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Re: American accents in RPGs suck
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2006, 04:17:28 pm »
'Tisn't so.

I refer you to the aforementioned Dragon Quest 8

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Re: American accents in RPGs suck
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2006, 04:41:06 pm »
Yeah, American accents in some games do piss me off a bit. Oblivion had a bit of that. What pisses me off more though is americans trying to imitate english accents. Oblivion had less of that, but Morrowind did it a lot.

Worst on both counts though, is Dungeon Siege 2. Man, that voice acting sucked something bad.
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Re: American accents in RPGs suck
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2006, 05:50:27 pm »
(shrug) you get what you pay for, and some studios pay very little. I'll be the first to admit that most american voice actors should be drug out in the street and shot, but there are a few good ones. Mark Hamill, for instance, is a great voice actor, having done work for hundreds of games and animated movies.



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Re: American accents in RPGs suck
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2006, 12:11:05 am »
http://youtube.com/watch?v=OIA6tkdwZII

English Final Fantasy XII.  I have to say, I really like the voice actors they got for the game.
Too bad us Europeans will be waiting until this time next year for the game.

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Re: American accents in RPGs suck
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2006, 12:15:53 am »
English accents fit in with Medieval games, because, unlike America, we had a Medieval period. Simple As.

No offence, but I find most American accents irritating anyway.
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Re: American accents in RPGs suck
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2006, 12:38:43 am »
Cockney Vs. Redneck? So long as I can understand it, I am fine with it. The only thing that would really throw me is when inappropriate slang is used in RPG's.

Of course, even if an RPG is set in a medieval age, accent should never be an issue. It is a fictional realm after all.

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Re: American accents in RPGs suck
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2006, 02:36:23 am »
Cockney is inappropriate too. Especially when incompetant directors jumble it up with other regional english accents. How would you feel if someone who was meant to be a Texan in a movie started talking like he was from the Bronx?
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Re: American accents in RPGs suck
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2006, 04:14:53 am »
Cockney is inappropriate too. Especially when incompetant directors jumble it up with other regional english accents. How would you feel if someone who was meant to be a Texan in a movie started talking like he was from the Bronx?

Fable is a good example of that.  The game was a mess of annoying British accents.

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Re: American accents in RPGs suck
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2006, 04:48:52 am »
Too bad us Europeans will be waiting until this time next year for the game.

Uh, what?

Why?

I've already preordered my copy from EBgames America, if all goes well it will be shipped a few days before the official launch and arrive at my home around the same time it hits the stores in America. What's even better is that I'm paying American prices, so it has cost me around 27 pounds.

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Re: American accents in RPGs suck
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2006, 06:36:25 am »
Hoanasty, as long as I can clearly understand whats being told to me, and the accent isnt so out of place for the time period the game is in, Im good to go.
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Re: American accents in RPGs suck
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2006, 07:53:49 am »
Uh. Its not even just RPGs... the voices in Soul Calibur 2 were appaling too. Was Ivy supposed to be english?
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