Poll: Portal 2 : Wheatley's voice

theriddlen

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Valve originally made Richard Lord voice the talkative Aperture Science Personality Core called Wheatley, but in 2010 Gamescom video, the voice actor changed to Stephen Merchant.

Personally i think that the original voice was superior to the new one, but what's the community's opinion?


Which voice do you like more?
 

EHKOS

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I totally have to agree with you. Lord gave the voice feeling! He was really into it and made it more humorus. While Stevie Boy Wonder over there sounds like he's reading the script off of a overcooked chicken shat out by Oscar Wilde....by which I mean it's dry and uncaring.
 

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I was Promised a Poll. I am dissappointed.


OT: I much prefer Steven Merchant, His voice is so British and he is a hilarious man.
(Also the real brains behind Ricky Gervais)
 

theriddlen

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So, there is no poll? This time my browser didn't broke, so i guess it's escapist's fault. Can moderator fix this? I won't make third thread.
 

theriddlen

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I don't really care. From what I've seen of the game, the differences between the voices are barely noticable.
 

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WINDOWCLEAN2 said:
I was Promised a Poll. I am dissappointed.


OT: I much prefer Steven Merchant, His voice is so British and he is a hilarious man.
(Also the real brains behind Ricky Gervais)
In that case he should be imprisoned. Ricky Gervais is a threat to everyone's enjoyment, even if they don't know it yet.

OT: I preferred them both the same.
 

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theriddlen said:
So, there is no poll? This time my browser didn't broke, so i guess it's escapist's fault. Can moderator fix this? I won't make third thread.
Third?

I liked richard more, I only saw a trailer and instantley began imagining the different things he might say,now...feh.
 

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Stephen Merchant has experience in voice acting, and better fits the role seeing as he can actually be a bit more "mellow." More fitting for the personality for what's supposed to be an artificial intelligence. I feel he needs a bit of a pitch-alteration or an auto-tuning to make the voice more robotic, but he carries the role much better.

The old guy had way to thick of an accent, and was just a programmer. He shouldn't be doing voices.

Also, Stephen Merchant is a legend man.
 

theriddlen

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I made one thread, but my browser broke, and there was no poll. I made second (this) thread, this time with poll and working browser, but there is still no poll, but "Poll:" has been added to topic's name.
 

theriddlen

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fanboys complain about every thing i didn't notice there was actor change till some one told me
 

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I made this thread a couple of days ago. And as I said in there, I prefer Stephen Merchant. The first guy had a nice voice, but he was a terrible voice actor. He sounded patronising, like a childrens tv presentor. Just listen to him.

"I'm never, ever, ever to disingage myself from this rail or I might die!"

Now imagine that voice in a different situation.

"Now kids, you must never, ever, ever run with scissor, or you might die!"

He didn't have enough emotion either. It's especially irrataiting when he reawakens GLaDOS and sits saying "Oh you got to be joking." You just reawakened a psychotic murderous robot with complete control over your world. Let's have a bit more of a reaction.

Stephen has actual emotion and a 3 dimentional character on top of a nice west country voice.

Either way I think the writings good enough to make both of them work, but we have Stephen now so live with it. I think peoples views are being thrown about a little by the fact that most of the vids with Stephens voice arn't good quality so you can't hear some of the jokes. Go onto the Portal 2 website www.thinkwithportals.com and go on the media section, they've changed the meet wheatley vid to a high quality version of what was shown of Stephen.

EDIT:
 

Zorg Machine

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They are both so good so that if they started singing together, they would cause a magical world to come into existence. mind cookie for reference.

OT: I don't really care, they're both great.
 

Outright Villainy

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Merchant is a lot better, but he still needs some sort of electronic alteration to his voice, it sounds way too human.
 

Sean Strife

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I like Merchant, I don't get the hate. But I agree they need to autotune or give some sort of an electronic altercation to his voice to make him sound more robotic.
 

Captain Pirate

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I way prefer Merchant. He sounds much more likable, and has way more character than the first guy. I'm looking forward to the game more now.
 

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This aperture science human biological unit does not care about which biological voice acting organic does the voice of a GLaDOS personality core. This unit was just glad to have witnessed what will be a small part of a huge game. Now if you'll excuse me, i'm going to go eat some fish shaped solid waste.
 

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I'm not sure if it's necessary to autotune his voice really. To me it seems that Glados is made to sound robotic so that the player knows that they will get no human compassion from their captors. Wheatley is your friend so maybe it is to dissociate him from Glados.
 

SomeBritishDude

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spiritslayr said:
I'm not sure if it's necessary to autotune his voice really. To me it seems that Glados is made to sound robotic so that the player knows that they will get no human compassion from their captors. Wheatley is your friend so maybe it is to dissociate him from Glados.
I think that's what they're going for, trying to make Wheatley closer to the player by making him sound human, in contrast to GLaDOS who sounds very robotic and menacing. She even talks in phrases rather than taking like she's at one end of a conversation.
 

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First guy: really nice voice but bad voice acting.
Second guy: nice voice and good voice acting.

I kind of wish they hadn?t released the trailer with the place holder voice. People seem to have gotten unusually attached to something that isn?t all that great, or all that important.
 

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PurplePlatypus said:
I kind of wish they hadn?t released the trailer with the place holder voice. People seem to have gotten unusually attached to something that isn?t all that great, or all that important.
This. They should have waited, bad move on ValvE's part.
 

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PurplePlatypus said:
First guy: really nice voice but bad voice acting.
Second guy: nice voice and good voice acting.

I kind of wish they hadn?t released the trailer with the place holder voice. People seem to have gotten unusually attached to something that isn?t all that great, or all that important.

I liked it because it was bad. It felt more human that way, felt more like a comic relief side-kick type character than the current one.
 

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Cheveyo said:
PurplePlatypus said:
First guy: really nice voice but bad voice acting.
Second guy: nice voice and good voice acting.

I kind of wish they hadn?t released the trailer with the place holder voice. People seem to have gotten unusually attached to something that isn?t all that great, or all that important.

I liked it because it was bad. It felt more human that way, felt more like a comic relief side-kick type character than the current one.
I think I could have learnt to live with it from that perspective. Kind of like Holly from Red Dwarf.
 

theriddlen

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I didn't notice much of a difference. I think a lot of people just got too attached to something a little more familiar.
 

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It showed that the first voice wasn't that of a professional VA, to be honest it slightly annoyed me to listen to it. I prefer the second. I'd prefer if they altered it to sound more robotic aswell. Not too much though. Somewhere near the turrets' voice effects (with a slight electronic aftersound).
 

PurplePlatypus

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Cheveyo said:
PurplePlatypus said:
First guy: really nice voice but bad voice acting.
Second guy: nice voice and good voice acting.

I kind of wish they hadn?t released the trailer with the place holder voice. People seem to have gotten unusually attached to something that isn?t all that great, or all that important.

I liked it because it was bad. It felt more human that way, felt more like a comic relief side-kick type character than the current one.
Oh I see.
Yes they did seem to offer a different portrayal of the character. So then the disappointment isn?t in the changing of the voice but in the crushing of your previous perception of Wheatley?
 

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Could Someone send me a comparison of the two voices? So I can make a better choice?
 

Nazz3

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The older voice is better than the new voice, but they both sound too 'human'.

Its a robot, it needs a voice more like Glados.
 

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tellmeimaninja said:
I don't really care. From what I've seen of the game, the differences between the voices are barely noticable.
Pretty much this, I really barely noticed a difference, both the voices havent really had to do much yet, and to me I was more interested in the mechanics anyway.
 

Kif

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As much as I love Merchant I was expecting the robotic voice to be overly posh when I first heard it was going to be British as I figure it fits better so it's quite off to me hearing Merchant's voice.

I haven't heard the original voice to compare though.
 

The Cheezy One

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i like the voice
bit human, but its pleasant to hear one of our [UK] accents without it being stereotypical cockney/posh/beatles.
 

XSA37

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I prefer the first voice, something about it just made me want to play the game more. Btw, did you think of including a poll?
 

Jumpingbean3

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I thought they were both alright but the old voice was kind of annoying. Merchant is more tolerable.
 

theriddlen

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theriddlen said:
Valve originally made Richard Lord voice the talkative Aperture Science Personality Core called Wheatley, but in 2010 Gamescom video, the voice actor changed to Stephen Merchant.

Personally i think that the original voice was superior to the new one, but what's the community's opinion?


Which voice do you like more?
A better thread was made about this under a week ago

Use the search bar before creating a thread please.

OT: I really don't care.