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Voice Actors?

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:39 pm
by Albert Wesker
Can you imagine if all the characters in Ks actually had voices in the game?
i think the game is better like it is now, but i was always curious how bad/good would it be that every time you see Misha you hear something like this.
Though would really need an awesome voice actress for Shizune.
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Re: Voice Actors?

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:10 am
by Heartless Wanderer
Misha would be the most annoying thing on two legs. And WAHAHA~! I see what you did there, you rapscallion you.

Voice actors can do great things for visual-novel style storytelling (a good example is actually in the story modes for Persona 4 Arena. I don't think Chie Satonaka's "I DID NOT DISCARD MY WOMANHOOD!" rant would have been half as funny if she weren't actually ranting at you while it happened), but it's a serious "your mileage may vary" issue. Some people prefer to let their imaginations do the talking, some prefer voices. To that end, in the unlikely (by which I mean it will never happen) event that Katawa Shoujo is ever voiced, there must be an option to turn voices on and off to accommodate both preferences. Also, it's not worth it if there's no real talent involved.

That having been said:

A Katawa Shoujo audiobook version for blind people. This idea just popped into my head now. Or at least a printed braille version. Or something. Has it been done? If not, someone should totally get on that because it needs to happen. I am deadly serious about this. I bet it's been brought up as a topic already... I must use my Search-bar powers to track it down and register my support for the idea.

Re: Voice Actors?

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:27 am
by Albert Wesker
Heartless Wanderer wrote:Misha would be the most annoying thing on two legs. And WAHAHA~! I see what you did there, you rapscallion you.

Voice actors can do great things for visual-novel style storytelling (a good example is actually in the story modes for Persona 4 Arena. I don't think Chie Satonaka's "I DID NOT DISCARD MY WOMANHOOD!" rant would have been half as funny if she weren't actually ranting at you while it happened), but it's a serious "your mileage may vary" issue. Some people prefer to let their imaginations do the talking, some prefer voices. To that end, in the unlikely (by which I mean it will never happen) event that Katawa Shoujo is ever voiced, there must be an option to turn voices on and off to accommodate both preferences. Also, it's not worth it if there's no real talent involved.

That having been said:

A Katawa Shoujo audiobook version for blind people. This idea just popped into my head now. Or at least a printed braille version. Or something. Has it been done? If not, someone should totally get on that because it needs to happen. I am deadly serious about this. I bet it's been brought up as a topic already... I must use my Search-bar powers to track it down and register my support for the idea.
I think i prefer my imagination do the talking. But like you said, if there isn't talent and passion doing the voices, there is no real point on doing them.
Also, i know is going to probably never happen, but after seeing this. i think it would be awesome.
Also, and audiobook for blind people sounds somehow crazy, but at the same time interesting, same with the braille version.

Re: Voice Actors?

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:44 am
by FoxtrotZero
Albert Wesker wrote:i think the game is better like it is now, but i was always curious how bad/good would it be that every time you see Misha you hear something like this.
Though would really need an awesome voice actress for Shizune.
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I managed to cringe at her presence and literally dread that laugh. And that was without actually being able to hear it.
As for the Shizune thing, that just wasn't funny. And she'd probably need some sort of acting - I mean, she's mute, that's not to say she doesn't make sounds - but probably not a dedicated actress.

Re: Voice Actors?

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:02 am
by Kyvos
Yeah, the whole voice acting thing would probably never happen...

*cough* http://ks.renai.us/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6950 *cough*

Re: Voice Actors?

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:12 pm
by Albert Wesker
Kyvos wrote:Yeah, the whole voice acting thing would probably never happen...

*cough* http://ks.renai.us/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6950 *cough*
Oh god, this
IS. FREAKING. AMAZING.
Your Mutou is awesome.

Re: Voice Actors?

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:20 pm
by Xanatos
Heartless Wanderer wrote:A Katawa Shoujo audiobook
KS would be awful without the visual element.

Re: Voice Actors?

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:04 pm
by FoxtrotZero
Xanatos wrote:
Heartless Wanderer wrote:A Katawa Shoujo audiobook
KS would be awful without the visual element.
I don't think that's true. It is a visual novel, hence the visuals are supposedly a big deal. While not having them would detract from the experience, most of the visuals are just backgrounds and sprites with a few really well-drawn pictures. To really enjoy it, I think it takes a fair bit of visual imagination. The story is well written enough that it would be good in a non-visual format, it's just that every little gesture would have to become textual, and therein lies a difficulty.

Nonetheless, Lillys arc in Braille or Audio would be pretty nice.

Re: Voice Actors?

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:33 pm
by Kyvos
Albert Wesker wrote: Oh god, this
IS. FREAKING. AMAZING.
Your Mutou is awesome.
Thanks! I don't think I'll end up voicing him, though.

On the topic of an audiobook, I don't think the lack of visuals would really be that much of an issue. The main problem would be the fact that there are choices.

Re: Voice Actors?

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:47 pm
by Reksho
Kyvos wrote:I don't think the lack of visuals would really be that much of an issue.
I'm not sure about that. The sentences were written with the images in mind which would mean that some sentences would be lacking in meaning as there isn't anything to complement them. Besides that, if words are all you're relying on, you'd need much more descriptions about the context of the situation. This means changes in the script.

But I'm guessing voice-acting could partly capture the context as well. More difficult though.

Re: Voice Actors?

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:04 pm
by Trivun
I would be interested in something like this myself, but I know it won't happen and I can do fine without it. Katawa Shoujo is awesome enough anyway. That bein said, I would be fully on board with the whole audiobook or printed Braille idea. At the end of the day, it's a story about disabled people, and more to the point about them having overcome their disabilities and living regular lives - that's one of the overriding themes of the entire project. Thus, why not accommodate for those who are disabled IRL in a way that stops (or complicates) them from otherwise being able to enjoy this masterwork of storytelling?