Last of Us voice actor Troy Baker promotes ‘voice NFTs,’ drawing ire

Troy Baker, the voice behind characters like Joel from the last of us, Jonesy in It is an electronic gameBoth are Batman And In many Batman video games the Joker plays a new role: the spokesperson for a new type of non-fungible token (also known as NFT) based on voices called, of course, Voice NFT. While the actual real-world implementation of those voice-based NFTs is unclear, Baker’s support for the new scheme was met with a massive backlash on Friday. When he announced his post on Twitter.

Becker announced that he was throwing his weight behind NFTs, a controversial blockchain-based technology that aims to claim ownership of digital assets, in a tweet promoting the Voiceverse, which it says will provide “unlimited and permanent access to the underlying AI voice that NFTs use to represent ownership.” ”

“If you own Voice NFT, you can create all kinds of audio content, and you own all IP addresses,” says Voiceverse.

It’s not clear exactly what Baker is involved with the Voiceverse, with the voice actor saying he’s partnered with the company “to explore ways we can provide new tools for new creators to make new things, and allow everyone the opportunity to own and invest in the IP address they’ve created.” The Voiceverse is only in the first step of its planned roadmap, so Baker’s description of his partnership role is appropriately vague.

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Reply to Baker’s tweet – apparently intensified by his preemptive use of “You can hate. Or you can create.” – She was harsh. Followers and fans have responded to Baker’s participation in the NFT scheme, highlighting the potential environmental impact and scams associated with NFT sales.

“You can create without NFTs,” Game developer Chandana Ekanayake said Reply to Baker. “Whatever grand plan they promise you, it will not be worth it.”

“You can hate it or you can create an “ah no?” You can simply choose not to add your value to a backward embarrassing rubbish technique that exists only to suck money out of ignorant people’s pockets.” Added streamer Lance McDonald’s.

Baker’s ad tweet has more than 8,000 quoted retweets, the vast majority of which are negative, and is a textbook example of Twitter retweeting. voice actor Later reply to the reaction by saying that he “always wants to be a part of the conversation, even if he finds me sometimes in the middle of noisy conversation” and that he “appreciates[s] You all share your thoughts and give me a lot to think about.” He added, as a semi-obvious apology, “The ‘hate/create’ part might be a bit hostile…”

Regardless of the response, Baker and his fellow voice actors don’t seem to stray from the Voiceverse, which says on its website that owners will be able to use voice NFTs “for in-game chats, zoom calls, YouTube and Tiktok, and create whatever content you want.”

On Twitter, the creators of the Voiceverse attempted to explain “why our audio NFTs are different from just owning jpeg files,” referring to a more common form of NFT ownership of digital photos and movies.

They added in a series of tweets:

The Voiceverse has also attempted to pre-empt environmental impact concerns, “We are working hard to move Voice NFTs into a more environmentally friendly environment. [manner] In the future…” The creators also attempted to address another logical problem: that AI-based voiceover technology would automate and eliminate the need for real human voice actors. “Voice NFTs provide royalties to the original voice actor who was involved in building the NFT,” said Voiceverse. “If the value of the Voice NFT rises, the voice actor also benefits from the increased value. We always keep the human in the loop.”

Based on her social media bio, she will be using Voiceverse Lovo, a self-described next-generation voiceover and text-to-speech platform with human-like voices. Lovo’s technology is said to be involved in marketing, phone calls, games, animation and other media. (It’s also worth noting that the Voiceverse appears to have deleted Voice NFTs as “powered by Lovo” on Instagram and Twitter.)

Polygon has reached out to Troy Baker by representing him to comment on his participation in the NFT platform and will update upon response.

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