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#1 actionjack

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:49 AM

See what are other people's opinion on this.  

Voices for player character.  Now keep in mind that the suggestion is not for Dialogs with NPC or within story.. but rather treating it as a emote.  

Like other emotes (like /dance), there would be a certain group of emotes with audio voice to them.  (ex. /vlaugh,  /vjoke  /vflirt  /vgrumble... etc).  On use, your character would say something, or have an audio expression with body movement.  (See LoL's champion's emo for an example idea)

Certain "script" of the voice emotes will also base on your character (race, profession, sex).  So a Charr's Joke would be different from that of Asura Engineers.  (there would also be several type of jokes too)

It is another extension of emotes, and beside the base sets, can be modular add on (as earn in-game reward, or expansion content).

However, could also see that not all people might not like it, since you can only have so limited choice of voices  (unless they have some type of audio scaler).  Also might be too audio clutter in a large city sitting  (but a option to turn on/off/far/near should help with that).

So... what you think?

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:54 AM

I'd be really surprised if these aren't already in - emotes (with vocal components when appropriate) are pretty standard for MMO's.

... Or am I not understanding the suggestion?

#3 LoseOrDieTrying

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 01:36 AM

I was sad that this wasn't in the original. But it would not make sense to put profession into the equation.. Simply race and gender will do.

#4 Metamorphosis

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 01:45 AM

Haliaeetus said:

I'd be really surprised if these aren't already in - emotes (with vocal components when appropriate) are pretty standard for MMO's.

... Or am I not understanding the suggestion?

What game has vocals on emotes?

And to the OP I'd love that.. just being able to hear different jokes when you type in /joke would be awesome.

What I would love even more though is make it so we can choose a voice at character creation. Not likely to happen, but if they've got   60,80,whatever+ hours of voiceacting how much worse would it be to have a few voice options for each race/sex? It really helps with drawing you into the world when you have some decision over if your slyvari has a gritty voice or a soft one.

Edited by Metamorphosis, 20 March 2012 - 01:47 AM.


#5 LoseOrDieTrying

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:20 AM

Metamorphosis said:

What game has vocals on emotes?

And to the OP I'd love that.. just being able to hear different jokes when you type in /joke would be awesome.

What I would love even more though is make it so we can choose a voice at character creation. Not likely to happen, but if they've got   60,80,whatever+ hours of voiceacting how much worse would it be to have a few voice options for each race/sex? It really helps with drawing you into the world when you have some decision over if your slyvari has a gritty voice or a soft one.

60-80? Lol..

At one point I believe they said they have at least 2,000.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 04:39 AM

I totally lost track.. I wanted to say 200, but I knew the number was something ridiculous. It gets to a point where it's just not fathomable to comprehend what the number really means.. a thousand M&M's in a bowl can you imagine what it'd look like? Anyway the idea of having a choice from a few different voices for your character doesn't seem that far fetched compared to the sheer amount of voice dialogue in the game not only in storylines but just random NPC's talking to other NPC's in the world. Though adding something like that if it wasn't already planned in rather unlikely to happen.

Your idea of voices for emotes will hopefully happen. We do know our players randomely say things though. The skill videos show off alot of it and the devs have commented that what they say in the videos are actually ingame, but won't be as often as you hear it in the videos.

Edited by Metamorphosis, 20 March 2012 - 04:42 AM.


#7 LoseOrDieTrying

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 04:42 AM

For sure, it's totally do-able in my opinion. They could probably tackle most of it in a day.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 04:56 AM

Well.. I know audio emotes have been around for while (like /laugh), but not sure about full-vocal dialog emots  (haven't touch some of the more recent MMO for while).  I do like what they did in LoL, and want to expend on that.  

Granted it could tie in with emotes.  But I rather see it bit more separate, since it allow for more room in adding/expending (I think a recording tends to be easier to do than character animation).  It it does allow some room to add (audio micro-expansion packs?)

But what else could be there?   hmmm
/Joke  /Tease   /Taunt   /Flirt  /Comfort   /Bore  /Blah   /Meh    /OMG

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 05:34 AM

Metamorphosis said:

What game has vocals on emotes?

WoW, LotrO, and Rift... I can't remember if SWTOR does or not. Only MMO I've played that for sure doesn't have it would be Runescape; but that was back when the game was 2D and had a whopping 3 servers to choose from - I hear it's changed a lot (mostly for the worse) so maybe vocal emotes are part of that?

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 05:36 AM

Aren't there already vocals for some emotes?

Laugh and cry for example.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:11 AM

Leyana said:

Aren't there already vocals for some emotes?

Laugh and cry for example.

Well.. I consider them as emotes with audios, not voices with dialog tracks.
They don't really "talk".

#12 DusK

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:46 AM

actionjack said:

Well.. I consider them as emotes with audios, not voices with dialog tracks.
They don't really "talk".
Well, we've seen chatter and such during combat (something I'm really liking in particular), so I'm sure it's there for some emotes as well.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 02:13 PM

View PostMetamorphosis, on 20 March 2012 - 01:45 AM, said:

What game has vocals on emotes?

And to the OP I'd love that.. just being able to hear different jokes when you type in /joke would be awesome.

What I would love even more though is make it so we can choose a voice at character creation. Not likely to happen, but if they've got   60,80,whatever+ hours of voiceacting how much worse would it be to have a few voice options for each race/sex? It really helps with drawing you into the world when you have some decision over if your slyvari has a gritty voice or a soft one.

I would like to have some variety in character voices as well.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 05:16 AM

This is a pretty awesome idea... I'd love to see it incorporated in the game.  However, I think step 1 would be to get MORE emotes in.  There's so... little bit.  =(

#15 Ezisha

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 05:30 AM

View PostRhaciel, on 09 May 2012 - 02:13 PM, said:

I would like to have some variety in character voices as well.

Agreed. It would be a great addition to choose a voice for your character, for personal stories and emotes. However the problem is this would require all the personal story dialogue to be recorded by different voice actors multiple times. And with the level of detail Anet tends to strive for, would have them recording different voices not just based on gender but race, profession and everything else too.

But it would be cool…

#16 MithranArkanere

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:10 PM

I never talk when I do a gesture. Gestures are something that is often used without talking. If they always said something when using them, they usefulness would be limited.

You can still use the emote and write something to 'say' something.

As for voice customization, I've read somewhere around that they are looking into voice pitch and tone, to have different voices by making alterations to the already existing ones. Nothing was promised, though. They are just looking into it.