Voiceactors slam union's "first deal of its kind" over AI use, "We didn’t even have a meeting"

The new agreement will help to create digital voice replicas

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MrDead131d ago (Edited 131d ago )

SAG-AFTRA helping the pushers of AI cutting out more of the workforce so more profits go to CEO's and shareholders.

"Understandably, voice actors are baffled by SAG-AFTRA's decision. Similar to when Microsoft announced its partnership with InWorld AI,

Steve Blum, who has provided his voice in everything including Diablo 4, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, The Last of Us Part 2, and more, said: "Excuse me? With all due respect…you state in the article 'approved by affected members of the union's voiceover performer community.' Nobody in our community approved this that I know of. Games are the bulk of my livelihood and have been for years. Who are you referring to?"

Deus Ex and Starfield actor Elias Toufexis responds similarly: "I would humbly consider myself one of the top voice actors working in games. No one asked me about this. No one reached out for my opinion. From what I'm seeing, no one asked any of my peers either."

Fellow Starfield actor Melissa Medína also responds to the news, calling it a "betrayal" and warning fellow actors: "Don't give your voice to this until you have clarity around where your voice will be used."

"A disappointing agreement SAG-AFTRA have made regarding AI use," Baldur's Gate 3 and Dying Light 2 actor Thomas Mitchells says. "Studios will look past creativity for convenience and this will potentially have a detrimental effect on artists."

shinoff2183131d ago (Edited 131d ago )

Money, money, money

In the songs tone

Juancho51131d ago

Capitalism needs to be tweaked a little. The constant hunger for profits profits profits every quarter only open the door for cutting corners and trying to find new ways to make more money. Greed will always ruin products. Even fast food companies like McDonalds started off using quality ingredients and only because of their constant hunger for profits and pleasing shareholders did they begin to use cheaper and cheaper products and materials, just to make profit. You could have the perfect product that everyone loves, but if it doesnt make MORE money for your company year over year then they have to sacrifice parts of it in order to make a profit. If they weren’t always looking to make more money they wouldn’t be doing this, capitalism expects a company to have infinite growth in a finite space, that’s called a Cancer in the biological world.

CobraKai131d ago

Such BS. I want real acting (good or bad) in my movies and games. Not some robot with their fake emotions. Im in full support of real working voice actors. And if it means not buying anticipated games. Then so be it.

Chocoburger130d ago (Edited 130d ago )

Indeed, the only message companies understand is when we don't buy their products in droves. Vote with your wallets. Let their games tank and fail, let them suffer the consequences of their actions, and most importantly, don't believe or accept their fake apologies (likely written by an AI bot these days!) when things don't go their way.

Ninver130d ago

The industry is slowly leading to its own destruction.


Why Starfield's Colony War Setting Would Be a Great Opportunity For a Prequel

While its campaign may have failed to impress some players, Starfield's Colony War setting offers fertile ground for Bethesda to explore in a prequel.

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Insider claims Starfield could come to PS5 in 2025 after more Xbox games 'this holiday season'

Well regarded insider, NateTheHate, has said that more Xbox games could be coming to PS5 'this holiday season' followed by Starfield in 2025.

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ThinkThink6d ago

The latest rumor is flight simulator 2024 is heading to PS5 this year.

romulus235d ago

That would be a great game to go multiplat. I would definitely pick that one up on PS5.

OtterX5d ago (Edited 5d ago )

That would be an absolutely fantastic score for PSVR2 if they have any VR support plans! MS Flight Simulator (2020) is one of my favorite VR experiences over on PC. Not so much a game, but one hell of a VR experience!

M3talDiamond5d ago

Where is this guy I havent seen him on N4G much lately?

OtterX5d ago

@M3talDiamond - I've been around, just not as much. Fam visiting, and been helping an indie team release a game, so that took a lot of focus. Thanks for noticing! haha

Skate-AK5d ago

I think they were talking about fr0sty's link.

OtterX5d ago (Edited 5d ago )

@Skate-AK ah ok, I was confused as heck, didn't even know if I should respond bc I legit just came off of an N4G hiatus. XD

So he just responded to the wrong person, gotcha. I hadn't even seen or clicked on Obscure's link til now!

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Ethereal4d ago (Edited 4d ago )

I'd be all over this.

Knightofelemia6d ago

Even if the rumor was true and if that did happen. I still wouldn't play or own a game that is classified as open world just to run into invisible force fields.

Rebel_Scum5d ago

Then what is your solution to open worlds that obviously have to have a point where they must end?

Knightofelemia5d ago (Edited 5d ago )


Really? Do you even need an answer to your question? The point to open world games is not to run into invisible force fields but to explore ever nook and cranny of the game hence the term open world.

Barlos5d ago

Same here. I won't be buying any Microsoft Games game

Notellin5d ago

Wow you're such a tough and smart guy taking that stance! You're really changing the world Barlos.

helicoptergirl5d ago (Edited 5d ago )

I hope you don't mean any and all Xbox games.

If you do mean all of their games, then why not buy a game you're interested in? MS are a 3 Trillion dollar company. People with your stance are not going to make a dent, so you might as well take advantage and enjoy playing on Playstation (the best place to play) with their games AND Xbox games. Who cares about giving them money? It's killing the hardcore Xbox fan that you even have the opportunity to play Xbox games on playstation. So why not indulge. The more games they sell on Playstation then the more games they will port over in the near future. Certain obscure people will die inside along with many others. I'm laughing all the way to the "Games Bank" and I hope you do too.

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DaCajun5d ago

Every open world games have invisible walls. So i guess you never play any open world games. If you don't believe me then you've either never played any Open World game or you never explored every corner of an open world game because there is no such thing as a true open world go anywhere game.

Gotta love a troll, just be honest you're a Microsoft hater. It's ok I dislike Microsoft also but at least be honest why you commented.

Neonridr5d ago

remind me of an open world game that went on forever.. I'll wait.

Rebel_Scum3d ago

ok, so what is your solution then?