video game voice actor strike

video game voice actor strike

Postby John Galt » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:46 pm

so the video game industry has had a strike of voice actors for almost a month now. four of them were in reddit today trying to justify their position

https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/ ... ffect_ray/

they didn't answer anything that was critical of their position though so it's pretty worthless AMA

some points of the union are fair. perhaps their voices can get stretched from working on X thing for 4 hours straight. perhaps they should get more breaks. that's fair.

but they want profit sharing over 2 million copies sold. and the video game companies had basically agreed to everything, from a 9% pay raise to safety benefits (for both voice and motion capture actors)... everything except for the profit sharing

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/en ... story.html

i really don't understand this. the developers are the ones who pour their soul into the game, voice acting is window dressing. voice acting has never made a game for me. i have never sought out a game thinking "oh, so and so is in this!" sometimes i might think "is that micheal dorn?" or something like that and think "neat, i'm glad he's getting work" but i never bought a game for voice acting. hell, i often turn it off after a while. they are one tenth of one percent of the people that work on the games. further because of sales, aside from AAA titles getting to that 2 million dollar mark could have some serious issues funding this; if developers, the ones who put so much into the game, also got this i don't know how the game industry would be able to continue with cheap sales all the time

i think game companies should just call it and forget voice acting for a while. its not important for the game
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Re: video game voice actor strike

Postby The Comrade » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:08 pm

i mean, morrowind was the best elder scrolls and that had almost no voice acting. so i think that's a fair point.
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Re: video game voice actor strike

Postby ToddStarnes » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:42 pm

Sometimes i might think "is that micheal dorn?" or something like that and think "neat, i'm glad he's getting work


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Re: video game voice actor strike

Postby broken robot » Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:34 am

My favorite voice actor is Robert Clotworthy but they f**k up his role with the lame-brained story writing in StarCraft 2.

Fire the story writers.
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Re: video game voice actor strike

Postby IndependentProfessor » Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:26 pm

I still think that game studios should just tell their developers "oh, and you're going to say these lines for 2 hours tomorrow, then go back to dev".
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Re: video game voice actor strike

Postby Winchester » Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:17 pm

Only a matter of time till their job becomes obsolete.
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Re: video game voice actor strike

Postby Spider » Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:45 am

Winchester wrote:Only a matter of time till their job becomes obsolete.


That's probably true of all actors. And musicians. And writers. Etc etc.
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