Troy Baker faces powerful backlash over AI voice NFT promotion

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Troy Baker, the prolific voice actor best known for BioShock Infinite’s Booker DeWitt and The Last of Us Joel, found himself in hot water with his fans after tweeting about a partnership with the “Voice NFT” company. The backlash was inspired not only by Baker’s decision to join the infamously sketchy NFT game, but by the tone of his message, in which he told followers, “You can hate. Or you can create.”

Baker tweeted, “I’m partnering with VoiceverseNFT to explore ways where we can bring together new tools to help new creators create new things, and make everyone invest in the IP we create.” opportunity to invest and invest. “We all have a story to tell. You can hate. Or you can make up. What would it be?”


The ratio is brutal:

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“It’s a Shiny Grift,” Obsidian’s Josh Sawyer replied, “It has nothing to do with an ownership stake in the new IP and everything to do with a (very bad) speculative asset class. It sucks.”

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Twitch streamer Koh Carnage had some advice:

(Image credit: Koh Karnz (via Twitter))

YouTuber Suzy Hunter was somewhat more on point:

(Image credit: Suzy Hunter (via Twitter))

Composer Austin Wintori made a joke that fell flat, but later clarified that he did not mean to associate with NFTs:

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Some followers even made an honest attempt to explain why this is a bad idea:

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The Voice NFTs Baker is promoting are a little different from the low-quality monkey JPGs we’re used to—they’re based on audio rather than crappy pictures. this thread From the VoiceverseNFT account to explain what they are all about, although to be honest I don’t understand what most of it really means.

“Voice NFT provides unlimited, continuous access to the underlying AI voice that represents ownership of the NFT. If you have Voice NFT, you can create all kinds of voice content, and you will own all of the IP. ” “Imagine being able to create customized audiobooks, YouTube videos, e-learning lectures, or even podcasts with your favorite voice! All without the hassle of additional legal work. It helps people with limited resources to create professional- Allows for more easy access to range voices.”

There is an acknowledgment of the negative impact on the environment from building NFTs, but Voiceverse said it is trying to make its NFTs more eco-friendly. mainnet [a term used to describe a live, independent blockchain using its own cryptocurrencies or tokens] in future. Of course, there is also a signal for a possible increase in price.

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There were some expressions of support scattered around in the responses to Baker’s tweet, but the overall response was powerfully negative. The blow was enough to make Baker clear his reasons for taking up the NFTs, although he gave no indication that he was reconsidering his position.

“I’ve always wanted to be part of the conversation, even though sometimes he finds me loudly interrupting,” Baker said in a brief follow-up. twitter thread, “Appreciate you all for sharing your thoughts and giving me so much to think about. I am just a storyteller here trying to tell my story and hopefully I can help others do the same.” Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I am grateful that there are people who are passionate about their stance and feel safe not only to express it but to do so. There are also tools.

“The ‘hate/creation’ part can be a bit counterintuitive… hope you all forgive me for that. Bad attempt to leverage. Anyway, feel free to resume the conversation, or the like Not what you want. I appreciate those who show it the truth, those who offer it, and those who do their best to express it with anger.”

Many large studios and publishers, including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Square Enix and Sega, have made it a point to adopt NFTs. However, gamers haven’t: for example, Discord withdrew plans to integrate NFTs and crypto into its platform late last year after strongly negative feedback from users, and GSC Game World announced Stalker 2. I pulled the plug on NFT. Similar reaction from his fans.

And it’s not just the environmental costs of generating NFTs that are a concern: NFT scammers have disappeared with millions of dollars in recent months (more than once), and there is little evidence of that at this point. That they do anything that is not already offered by existing technologies.

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