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Voice Acting/Body Language comparison in Final Fantasy X
   
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Voice Acting/Body Language comparison in Final Fantasy X
Written by Lloyd   
Thursday, 08 October 2009 16:05

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_rDnIKyX0g

(Major Spoiler under Aurons section, avoid it if you do not want them)

 

After discussing with Phil how much of an impact voice acting, body language and lip sync had on a players feelings towards a character (most likely to do with the "Uncanny Valley"), I decided to find a video comparing the Japanese and English versions of Final Fantasy X.

Trying to put aside personal favoritism as a fan of the series, I feel that both sides voice actors put in a good performance, so the main difference is found in the body language and the lip syncing.

Being a game of Japanese origin, the Japanese audio will be lip synced where as the English will not. Though on its own this does not seem to cause as much of a problem, when the two are compared the difference can be quite jarring, so while in comparison the effects of lip syncing have some effect, I personally am unaffected by the English on its own.

The body language is something else entirely. Since I watch a lot of Anime, and other Japanese shows, the body language is perfectly understandable to me, but to a regular player with no experience of Japanese mannerisms the eccentricities in the actions of the characters could be considered overzealous, or downright weird, so it shows that body language can also have an effect.

This video is a useful example when trying to prove what differences the aforementioned 3 attributes can do in regards to player connections.

 

 

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