What if GBA games had voice acting (Proof Of Concept) (ody.sh)
from Yots92@lemmy.world to retrogaming@lemmy.world on 22 Mar 22:46
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wizardbeard@lemmy.dbzer0.com on 23 Mar 02:57 next collapse

There’s a romhack for Golden Sun that apparently adds voice acting to the prologue scenes at the start of the game.

deadlock@lemmy.world on 23 Mar 12:31 collapse

How cool, gotta look that up. I loved playing Golden Sun.

Alexstarfire@lemmy.world on 23 Mar 04:52 next collapse

Not sure what this was supposed to imply. Some did have voice acting, though very limited.

Tales of Phantasia for one. Only in the loading screen I believe. “If there is evil in this world, it lurks in the hearts of men.”

SoleInvictus@lemmy.world on 23 Mar 06:33 next collapse

Don’t forget for some of the spells and skills. How can I forget late nights full of “Indiguneishon! Indiguneishon!”?

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Yorick@sh.itjust.works on 23 Mar 08:23 next collapse

I thought this was going be a more technical oriented video about what I’d sound like with the performance of the sound chip and the speaker, and the cartridge memory size limitation, bit sad it isn’t :(

altima_neo@lemmy.zip on 24 Mar 09:44 collapse

I mean they had those movies on GBA. So not much of a technical limitation, aside from being highly compressed and sounding muffled.

Marsupial@quokk.au on 23 Mar 22:55 next collapse

This really highlights how terrible the dialogue is.

Yots92@lemmy.world on 24 Mar 15:22 next collapse

Fire Emblem supports peaked with FE8\FE9, few are stand outs in FE6 and FE7.

After FE9, supports became even worse than before (FE10 is full of generic “how are you”, “let us fight together”, “yes we are comrade”, FE11 has none, FE12 has very few good ones such as Arran’s (very tragic character that was not explored enough), FE13\14\15\16\17 is post 2013 generic anime tropes galore)

lvxferre@mander.xyz on 25 Mar 02:35 collapse

I believe that translation is partially to blame, since FE7 was the first Fire Emblem game translated to English.

lvxferre@mander.xyz on 23 Mar 02:15 collapse

I think that adding voice acting to older games, as in the proof of concept, is a bad idea. Players already have mental “images” on how characters are supposed to sound like, so there’s a high chance that even good voice acting would rub them off the wrong way.

The picture changes for newer games - like, it would be possible to develop new GBA games to use with an emulator. Then voice acting becomes a matter of cost vs. benefit - good quality voice acting tends to be expensive, but it makes wonders for immersion; while poor quality voice acting would probably make a game worse.

Just my two cents.

Yots92@lemmy.world on 24 Mar 16:35 collapse

There is one very easy solution: toggle-ready voice acting, so that if one played the games already, they can keep having their canon voices play in their mind as they read the characters dialogues.

Well, voice acting can be very cost-effective if high-quality models are used for tertiary characters, for instance, such as “generic soldier #2” and the likes.

lvxferre@mander.xyz on 25 Mar 02:34 collapse

Being able to turn it off makes it even less cost-effective - because as soon as a player turns it off, the cost spent on voice acting is wasted on them.

Your mention of models brought me some idea though - text-to-speech could make this considerably cheaper, thus more viable. And if the voice actors are decent enough, they could be even used for multiple main cast chars, to bring costs down further.