Troy Baker, an unusual voice actor who has appeared in nearly every video game from Bloodrayne to Bioshock, Borderlands to Batman, has announced a partnership with NFT Voiceverse.
Yes, he’s arguably the most famous voice actor in games (seriously, he participated everything) jumped on a non-fungible wagon, as evidenced by his aptly ambiguous declaration on Twitter Readers ask if they would hate or “create”.
This is the full text of the tweet:
I’m partnering with VoiceverseNFT to explore ways that together we might bring new tools for new creators to make new things, and allow everyone to own and invest in the intellectual property they create.
We all have a story to tell.
You can hate.
Or you can create files.
What will happen?
reaction? Well, you can probably guess the reaction. Here’s a small sampling of the more family-friendly responses from fans to The Voice of Video Games:
Details are murky about exactly what this means and how Baker will participate in the non-fungible tokens, but the company he’s partnering with – Voiceverse NFT – explains their approach to them and their benefits thus in Twitter theme is sticky:
Hey everyone – here’s why our audio NFTs are different from just having jpeg files.
Voice NFTs provide a substantial benefit as well as a great community. You cannot right-click on either of them.
Voice NFTs provide unlimited, always-on access to the primary AI voice that NFT is proprietary. If you own Voice NFT, you can create all kinds of audio content, and you own every IP address.
Imagine being able to create custom audiobooks, Youtube videos, e-learning lectures or even audio files with your favorite voice! All without the hassle of extra legal work. This also allows people with limited resources to more easily access professional-level voices
Voice NFTs provide a new way to communicate and build your character in the metaverse. You can sound like anyone you want in the metaverse, and now you can sound like the Voice NFT you own.
Imagine being able to speak your character’s voice as in a multiplayer game! Imagine the next level of immersive experience!
We understand the environmental impacts of NFTs. We are working hard to move Voice NFTs to a more green core network of the future such as Polygon or Solana. Proof of work → Proof of stake
Voice NFTs provide royalties to the original voice actor who was involved in building the NFT. If the value of the Voice NFT rises, the voice actor also benefits from the increased value. We always keep the human in the loop.
If it’s just a SaaS product and not an NFT, then we can’t create a truly decentralized solution in preparation for Web3, the key is really having the entire IP and it is public-proven, not managed by us.
We’re not saying that Voice NFT is the perfect kid in the family of NFTs. We acknowledge some of the shortcomings, but we ask that you give it a chance without shying away from it from the start, and consider the value and benefit it can provide to the creator and gamer communities.
Given the environmental impact of NFT and blockchain technologies, not to mention the often questionable usefulness, the online reaction to the news is quite predictable. Baker isn’t the only celebrity to have jumped on the NFT bandwagon in recent months, but having provided the voices of many of the games’ beloved characters, it’s no surprise that the controversial move sparked a strong fan reaction.
OK. Apparently, you can hate or create. Alternatively, you can step back, take a deep breath, and move on. If you can analyze and explain the benefits of audio NFTs to us – preferably as you would a young child – feel free to do so in the comments.