Another day another blog, today, I share with you the results of my poll. Sometime ago, IGN created a poll [LINK]. It showed that over 80% of Zelda fans wanted voice acting. Was it accurate? Well, on the off chance that IGN readers know nothing about Zelda (just kidding), I created a poll for you GameSpoters to vote. You can still see the thread here.
Over 100 people have voted, and the results, though somewhat different, the end result did not deviate from IGN's own, here's what it looks like as of posting this blog:
-50% (57) In favour of voice acting
-39% (45) Against
-11% (13) Are fine whichever way.
Total of 115 votes.
As you can see, the numbers show a majority of people favoring voice acting in Zelda, with a strong 34% of people want voice acting, but Link remains his silent self. Helping push the supporters are 13% who want everyone, including Link to talk, with a remaining 3% wants Japanese voices (lol).
If we take a look at the votes of the poll at a slightly different way, we will see that not only 50% of people want voices, but there is, at the very least, an additional 11% of people who do not mind having the Zelda characters talk. So that could, at least potentially, push that total to a whopping 62%.
So while the results do not show that the supporters significantly outweigh the against like IGN's poll, it does show that it's about time Zelda characters get along and started talking too as majority wants it, and that Link will not talk like Samus in Metroid Prime 3.
Understandably, many people fear voices bring an end to imagination, but when I last saw the Skyward Sword Romance Trailer, I tried to imagined, just like the rest of you people against VA, Link and Zelda talking, but then I stopped and thought again, "Why don't they talk?" Having some dialogue or voices of some sort will allow us to understand the characters better, and get to know their feelings as well. Perhaps you may not get the freedom to imagine whatever it is you wish, but for me, the more I imagined those voices in my head, the more I actually WANT them to talk.
After all can you honestly say that playing a game like Dragon Age or Mass Effect, with its tons of dialogue and terrific voice acting, is much better when you mute all the voices? Seriously, go play a game with good voice acting or something like Dragon Age, but turn on the subtitles and mute the audio. Now tell me that the game's conversations are better that way (because it's not).
Although I would prefer the Zelda games to not have voice acting (at the very least no VA for Link), it would not bother me to awful much if they did decide to go that route. Also, I haven't seen you post on here in ages! Good to see you back, even if I am hardly ever on anyways.
I wouldn't mind voice acting in a Zelda game. But would I want to leave Link mute? Definitely. I think Link's 'mute-ness' is part of his character and giving him a voice would be detrimental. The rest of the people though, sure. Sans Tingle of course.
And this blog is silly. Let me be blunt, for those of us who grew up in the older eras of games we appreciate the fact that you can read a game. Oh no you have to read....thats so horrible. Its not going to kill you younger gamers to read. It may be a good thing. The fact is that I donot want voice acting in a Zelda game, the charm of Zelda is that you become Link and those characters speak to you. Voice acting would hurt Zelda. Because Dragon Age had voice acting does not mean it translate into every game. You should learn some basics about game design and see how certain features work for different game. The fact of the matter is you donot know what your talking about. Simple as that. Also a poll with a 115 votes, does not represent the majority of gamespot. So donot say you speak for the majority when you donot. Very flawed and callous blog....the state of games make me happy, the state of gamers though, makes me sad.