Voice actor Troy Baker teams up with an NFT company, but his fans are unimpressed.
Baker is best known for his role as Joel in The Last of Us and he revealed via Twitter that he will be teaming up with Voiceverse, a company that helps create and promote AI-powered voice NFTs. These text-to-speech voices are made to be used for audiobooks, podcasts, reading scripts, and other projects that require a voiceover.
I’m partnering with @VoiceverseNFT to explore ways where together we might bring new tools to new creators to make new things, and allow everyone a chance to own & invest in the IP’s they create.
We all have a story to tell.
You can hate.
Or you can create.
What’ll it be? pic.twitter.com/cfDGi4q0AZ
— Troy Baker (@TroyBakerVA) January 14, 2022
“I’m going to work with [VoiceverseNFT] to discover new ways we can create tools. This gives everyone the opportunity to own and invest in the IP they create,” said Baker. “You can hate it. Or you can make it. What will it be?”
At the time of writing this news item, there have been many more comments than retweets…
troy, this isnt just an “i hate NFTs for the sake of having sth to hate” thing, NFTs have such huge consequences. “you can hate or you can create” is so petty and such a middle finger to all the artists who have already been affected negatively by NFTs. you’re better than this.
— ?? MANGO | She/They ?? (@MangoThey) January 14, 2022
The negative reaction to the announcement raises some concerns about the impact the NFTs have on artists, actors and the creative industry in general.
This is an outrageously bad idea. On top of the NFT bumf, it’s “Here is an AI tool that can render voice actors useless”. You’re not only pulling up the ladder for voice artists just finding their feet, you’re also *devaluing your own work*. Staggeringly, blisteringly terrible. pic.twitter.com/FJLVc7txB7
— Bison ‘Guy Kelly’ Sexhorn Twitch.tv/Brainmage (@Brainmage) January 14, 2022
The comments try to draw Baker’s attention to the sheer amount of artists who have fallen victim to NFT scams and that the NFT movement as a whole has some fundamental problems when you look at a creative platform.
Super disappointed. So many artists I know are victims of art theft due to NFT marketplaces. This enriches nobody but the wealthy and least of all the art community. Do better.
— ??denise?? (@dinnasaw) January 14, 2022
Just a reminder we already have a way to support creators and give a way to own things its called an invoice and contract. No NFT acts as an authoritative proof of ownership in and of itself. Now excuse me as I toss this whole ill-conceived post into the void.
— Notorious C.A.T (@_Script_Daddy_) January 14, 2022
Others state that NFTs negatively impact the environment or tax avoidance and cause fraud.
— The Drunk Cat™ (@Alcoholikaust) January 14, 2022
Actually, the tweet below sums up all the criticism:
— Joe C (@JCosta197) January 14, 2022
The conversation about NFTs will be an important part of the game industry in 2022. The Square Enix boss has already indicated that the company will see if they can do something with it, following a message in which EA says that NFTs are an important part of the future. Sega also jumps on the hype, but does indicate that it will not continue if fans see it as “easy money making.”
The industry seems to be investigating NFTs, but gamers aren’t quite in agreement yet. For example, the developer of STALKER 2 canceled the NFT plans for that game because fans strongly criticized the idea.