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Thanks to AI EA Players Will be Able to Voice Act their Very Own Characters

Electronic Arts headquarters in Redwood City, California, US, on Tuesday, July 18, 2023. Electronic Arts Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on August 1. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Electronic Arts (EA) has patented a new technology that makes it possible for gamers to voice-act their very own characters. The company made this move around mid-October, innovating the gaming industry as we know it today.

Veryaligaming made a detailed post regarding this new EA patent. According to them, it starts when the player types or records what they want their characters to say through a synthesizer module. This module then creates source acoustic features close to what the player desires. These brand-new features would then be filtered and changed through a trained voice converter reproducing a new voice the players themselves created. Now, they can use it for their EA games.

Example method for generating speech audio in a voice of a player of a video game using a voice convertor. (Photo from: Patent Public Search)
Photo from: Patent Public Search

At first glance, this new technology seems ground-breaking, and it is. The addition of one’s voice can make the relationship between games and gamers feel more personal. Role-playing games would feel more authentic as players can hear their own sound from their screens. They’re living in the fantasy world they are playing in.

Accessibility is also noteworthy for this kind of innovation. Unpopular dialects and people with speech-related disabilities could finally feel seen as their characters finally talk like them.

Others have noted that game developers could produce video games faster as players would be behind the voice-acting. This also helps for games with endless branching narratives.

Major Criticisms

However, there are still dangers lurking behind this new technology. In the earlier paragraph, we mentioned ‘less work’ as a pro, but this can also be viewed as a con. Many suspect that the new technology is the work of an AI. Thus, AI is stealing the jobs of workers once again.

Los Angeles, CA - November 07: Members and supporters of SAG-AFTRA picket in front of Netflix on Sunset Boulevard, as negotiations continue between the actor's guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) continue in Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. Someone holds a sign with the words, "Can't Spell Unfair Without AI!" (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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Many people online have already voiced this concern. EA could store the voices of hundreds of players through this new technology. Thousands of voice actors could lose their jobs once the AI is trained enough.

Ultimately, the majority seems to think that this is just bad news despite the innovations that could go along with this invention. People who participated in the SAG-AFTRA strike listed “unregulated and unauthorized use of AI technology in replicating performances” as one of their major concerns, and this new EA technology seems like one of them.

As of now, EA hasn’t made an announcement regarding these allegations.

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