Would you play commercial VN without voices?

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Re: Would you play commercial VN without voices?

#31 Post by kisa » Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:46 pm

Honestly, the first thing I thought when I saw your question was "Is it fully voiced or only on CGs?"
Because I'm working on a game that only has voices on the CGs and it seems to be working out pretty well.
If I were to PLAY a VN with voices... Yeah, I'd have to say it would depend on the quality of the acting and whether or not the voices "Matched" the characters.
For example, say there's a Kuroshitsuji VN...
If the Undertaker sounded like he did in the english dub of the anime, I wouldn't keep the voices on simply because it just does not match his appearance....
if Sebastian did though...
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Re: Would you play commercial VN without voices?

#32 Post by LeetMusic » Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:47 am

Well done voice acting helps a game. Poorly done voice acting (just like poorly done art or any other asset) hurts.

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Re: Would you play commercial VN without voices?

#33 Post by meiri » Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:33 pm

Personally, I don't think I'd really like voices in a VN.
I DO enjoy English voice-acting, but I just prefer to read in a visual novel.

I think your best option here is to provide a way to turn off voice, for those who don't like it.
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Re: Would you play commercial VN without voices?

#34 Post by uwah » Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:47 pm

I probably would, but like everyone is saying it depends on the quality of the voice acting. Unfortunately a lot of English voice actors are...not so great. I'd probably just want to read the novel myself, without voices.

Like others are saying, maybe put an option to enable/disable voice acting, since some people might not like the voices.

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Re: Would you play commercial VN without voices?

#35 Post by LeetMusic » Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:13 pm

Professional voice actors know what they're doing, but it's a matter of casting the right person. Inexperienced people in amateur voice acting forums are going to be hit and miss. Game voice acting has a bad reputation because publishers used to hire inept friends and family as actors to save money, which is a poor practice. Example: Chaos Wars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pD83hmKjr0

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Re: Would you play commercial VN without voices?

#36 Post by Kam » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:31 am

Ryuno wrote:To me, Voice Acting is a bonus as opposed to a necessity.
Same here.
Besides, I read too fast.
The audio can't keep up with me, so I mostly hear half-sentences.
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Re: Would you play commercial VN without voices?

#37 Post by daijinahito » Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:03 pm

Akaya Akashiya Ayakashi no didn't have voice over but the music and sprites and atmosphere where all just so wonderful that it really didn't matter to me. So yeah, I would. I'm working on a script right now that I assume will never have voice over, unless I find some really good actors. It's going to be a BL though, so I'm assuming not too many guys would audition to begin with.

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Re: Would you play commercial VN without voices?

#38 Post by KomiTsuku » Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:11 pm

I honestly don't like voice acting most of the time. I'd rather just use the voices I have for them in my head. So, to answer the question, I would be happier with a commercial VN without voices that used the money for a good writer.

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