Snarky Little Geniuses - Angel McCoy on Writing the Asura

#1XialohPosted 9/14/2011 10:41:12 AM
http://www.arena.net/blog/angel-mccoy-on-writing-asura
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"When life gives you lemons, shoot them back at life at high velocity." - Asura Advice Column
#2darkace77450Posted 9/14/2011 10:48:49 AM
I wish they'd done a bit more to make them sound more unique and less human.
#3AMonkeyPosted 9/14/2011 10:54:06 AM
Silly accents does not uniqueness make.
#4darkace77450Posted 9/14/2011 11:15:11 AM
AMonkey posted...
Silly accents does not uniqueness make.

Who said anything about silly accents?
#5Starkindler201Posted 9/14/2011 3:33:05 PM

I think there's a misunderstanding here:

darkace77450 said he wished the interview had made it sound like Asura were more unique and less human.

NMonkey thought darkace77450 said he wished ANet would make the sound of Asura speech more unique and less human.

Is that the problem?

#6darksoulpriestPosted 9/14/2011 4:35:58 PM
The real nugget for me here is more information on the Inquest. Now we know specifically the goals of at least some members of the Inquest.
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#7darkace77450Posted 9/15/2011 4:59:59 AM
Starkindler201 posted...
I think there's a misunderstanding here:darkace77450 said he wished the interview had made it sound like Asura were more unique and less human.NMonkey thought darkace77450 said he wished ANet would make the sound of Asura speech more unique and less human.Is that the problem?

Nah, I'm saying that I wished ANet would make the sound or the speech patterns of the Asura more unique and less human. AMonkey is assuming the only way to do that is to give them silly accents, and I'm disagreeing with that assumption.

Examples of both "too human" and "less human" sounding races can both be found in this short clip (Guild Wars spoiler).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEwZAZfftWs

Open the clip and then close your eyes and listen. What race comes to mind when you hear the first speaker? What race comes to mind when you hear the second speaker?

Another example of sounding "less human" without the use of silly accents would be Mass Effect 2's Mordin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTKr7fpiCfE&feature=related

I'm simply saying that I find the way the Asura speak to be unimaginative and that I wish AN had done more to make them a bit more unique. The dialogue itself is fine, but the way the dialogue is presented just doesn't quite do it for me.