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#117230 - 03/06/05 07:12 PM Would you play a game without voices?
CBSection31 Offline
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Registered: 05/10/04
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First off, I want to say that this question has NOTHING to do with the game I'm working on, Shady Brook. That game will have voices regardless.

I'm just curious, as a general rule. Certain games (mostly RPGs, but some adventures, too), such as Morrowind or Final Fantasy, don't have spoken text because of the massive amount of dialog and characters contained within the game.

So, my question to you is, would you play an adventure game if all the dialog was text-based instead of vocal?

I am REALLY interested in knowing, as a...future project, shall we say, might contain massive amounts of text, and I'm trying to determine if text-only is an option.

Thanks, everyone! smile
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#117231 - 03/06/05 07:17 PM Re: Would you play a game without voices?
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I tried playing Morrowind and that was one thing I did NOT like about the game. wave
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#117232 - 03/06/05 08:34 PM Re: Would you play a game without voices?
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Up until a year or so ago I didn't have headphones and just used the subtitle feature. It wasn't until I bought a game that did not offer subtitles that I actually "heard" a game. Since that point I always use the headphones because it gets you so much more into the game. I can't believe what I've missed. If you could still get into the game without hearing I would be willing to try it but I do like the atmosphere you get when there are sounds.

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#117233 - 03/06/05 09:36 PM Re: Would you play a game without voices?
saysix Offline
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Registered: 07/16/03
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I shall be happy to play text-only game. I don't mind whether the game has a voice or not. Instead, my concern is if the game has a text or subtitle that can replace voice. I'm from Korea. English is foreign language for me, so it's hard to enjoy voice-only game.

#117234 - 03/06/05 10:04 PM Re: Would you play a game without voices?
Mad Offline
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Hi smile

A game that didn't have voices wouldn't bother me one bit if the other aspects of it were good thumbsup

Lots of the early games had text only laugh


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#117235 - 03/06/05 10:10 PM Re: Would you play a game without voices?
Melanie1 Offline
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Like Mad, if it were a good game in all other respects, I wouldn't mind not having voices either.

I like the text option even when I do have voices and also enjoy text adventures. I would much prefer text to bad jumbled voices that are hard to understand or annoying and in fact turn them off if possible in some cases. smile

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#117236 - 03/06/05 10:46 PM Re: Would you play a game without voices?
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I just played The Labyrinth of Time, which uses text instead of voices. A couple of times I missed a comment because I was looking at the scene instead of the text line, but on the whole, I had no problem with it.
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#117237 - 03/06/05 10:56 PM Re: Would you play a game without voices?
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I would play, but I much prefer voices, even with lots of text.
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#117238 - 03/06/05 11:50 PM Re: Would you play a game without voices?
Homer6 Offline
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I would like to have the option of choosing either text or voice, or both. There are times these aging eyes don't see as well as they once did, and it would take more time to read the displayed text.
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#117239 - 03/06/05 11:53 PM Re: Would you play a game without voices?
beanbag Offline
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I prefer no voices to bad voices.

Music and background sound are more important than voices to me - unless the voices are really exceptional. In Grim Fandango or Faust: Seven Games of the Soul voices added a lot to the games and were important. In most games voices are not so great.

#117240 - 03/07/05 12:09 AM Re: Would you play a game without voices?
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My preference is for voices using competent actors. However, I want the option of hearing the voices and reading the text, since I like to get the conversations down in my game journal. Now if you want my optimum mode, I would like the text of all conversations readily accessible within the game in a Conversation Journal. Then the text during the actual conversation is not so critical. laugh
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#117241 - 03/07/05 01:26 AM Re: Would you play a game without voices?
maggie57 Offline
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I can say with a firm no, I would not play a text game at all, had one last year, made no sense to me and so I sold it. I have played Dungeon Siege, but it is not text and I like it, although I hope the new one has more talking.I think giving an option of text or voice would be very good.

Hope this helps you.

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#117242 - 03/07/05 03:51 AM Re: Would you play a game without voices?
Kickaha Offline
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Registered: 03/27/01
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We're talking about a graphic adventure game with sound but using text rather than spoken dialogue?

Yes I have played and would play (and am playing one such in fact right now.) For me I find I adjust to the limitations of the game I'm playing - so if it's a good game story-wise puzzle-wise it not having 360 scenes or a 3D engine or smart graphics doesn't matter.
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#117243 - 03/07/05 04:23 AM Re: Would you play a game without voices?
Moogie Offline
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Registered: 02/02/02
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I usually activate the subtitle option anyway if I can. I would be wary of playing a game with masses of text to wade through, though.

#117244 - 03/07/05 07:03 AM Re: Would you play a game without voices?
Ladybug Offline
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Registered: 05/25/01
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Loc: New York
No problem for me. I'm playing a text only adventure right now. laugh

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