Update: Troy Baker took to Twitter once again following his endorsement of voice NFTs earlier today and admitted that the ‘hate/create’ question might have been “a bit antagonistic”:
The voice actor’s earlier tweets sparked a huge backlash online; see below for details.
Is anyone else getting Notting Hill vibes from that “I’m just a storyteller trying to tell my story” line? Only U.S? Anyway, the conversation continues below.
original story: Troy Baker, the voice actor extraordinaire who appears in just about every video game from Bloodrayne to Bioshock, from Borderlands to Batman, has announced a partnership with NFT company Voiceverse NFT.
Yeah, possibly the most famous voice actor in gaming (seriously, he’s been in everything) has jumped on the non-expendable bandwagon, as evidenced by its appropriately vague announcement On twitter which asks readers if they are going to “hate” or “create”.
Here is the text of the full tweet:
I’ve partnered with @VoiceverseNFT to explore ways that together we could empower new creators to create new things and allow everyone the opportunity to own and invest in the IP they create.
We all have a story to tell.
you can hate
Or you can create.
What will it be?
The reaction? Well, you can probably guess the reaction. Here’s a small sampling of the more familiar fan responses to ‘video game voice’:
Details are sketchy on exactly what this means and how Baker will be getting involved with non-fungible voice tokens, but the company he’s partnering with, Voiceverse NFT, explains their approach and benefits this way at a pinned twitter thread:
Hi all, this is why our voice NFTs are different from just having jpegs.
Voice NFTs provide intrinsic utility as well as a fantastic community. You can’t right click on any of these.
Voice NFTs provide unlimited, perpetual access to the underlying AI voice that the NFT represents ownership of. If you own a voice NFT, you can create all kinds of voice content and you will OWN all the IP.
Imagine being able to create personalized audiobooks, Youtube videos, eLearning lectures, or even podcasts in your favorite voice! All without the hassle of additional legal work. This also allows people with limited resources to access professional-level voices more easily.
Voice NFTs give you a new way to communicate and develop your personality in the worlds of the metaverse. He can look like anyone he wants in the metaverse, and now he can sound like the voice NFT he owns.
Imagine being able to speak with the voice of the character you are playing like in a multiplayer game! Imagine the next level of immersive experience!
We understand the environmental impacts of NFTs. We are working hard to move our voice NFTs to a much more environmentally friendly mainnet in the future, like Polygon or Solana. Proof of Work → Proof of Stake
Voice NFTs provide royalties to the original voice actor who participated in the construction of the NFT. If the value of the Voice NFT increases, the voice actor also benefits from the increase in value. We always keep the human informed.
If it’s just a SaaS product and not an NFT, we won’t be able to build a truly decentralized solution in preparation for Web3, and the key really is that YOU fully own the IP and have it tested by the public, NOT managed by us.
We are not saying that Voice NFT is the perfect child in the NFT family. We admit to some of the shortcomings, but ask that you give it a try without avoiding it from the start, and consider what value and utility it can provide to the creator and player communities.
Considering the environmental impact of NFTs and blockchain technology, not to mention their often questionable usefulness, the online reaction to the news is completely predictable. Baker is far from the only celebrity to jump on the NFT bandwagon in recent months, but having provided the voices of so many beloved characters in gaming, it’s no surprise that this controversial move is drawing such a strong backlash from fans.
Big mmm. Apparently, you can hate or you can create. Alternatively, you can throw up a bit, take a deep breath, and move on. If you can discuss and explain the benefits of voice NFTs to us, preferably as you would with a young child, feel free to do so in the comments.