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Who should be the Narrator for Civ VII?

Discussion in 'Civ - Ideas & Suggestions' started by XX36789, Oct 14, 2020.

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Who should be the Narrator for Civ VII?

  1. Sean Bean

    1 vote(s)
    4.8%
  2. Morgan Freeman

    6 vote(s)
    28.6%
  3. David Attenborough

    1 vote(s)
    4.8%
  4. Dan Carlin

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. James Earl Jones

    2 vote(s)
    9.5%
  6. Sigourney Weaver

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Lupita Nyong'o

    2 vote(s)
    9.5%
  8. Susan Sarandon

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Willem Dafoe

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Some other person

    9 vote(s)
    42.9%
  1. XX36789

    XX36789 Chieftain

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    Kind of a crackpot question considering Civ VII is a long ways off, but still worth discussing. Heavy is the head on which the crown of reading tech quotes in a Civ game rests. IV had the legendary Leonard Nimoy, V had a powerful narrator whose name escapes me, and VI of course has Sean Bean.

    Who would you want as the narrator for next game? I included a poll consisting of various celebrities who are famous for voice over work and have done history/nature documentaries. I have a few wildcards like Dan Carlin (history-focused podcaster).
     
  2. Chekko

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    An AI Bob Ross
     
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    XX36789 Chieftain

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    "Now let's fire some happy little nukes"
     
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    Some other person: Samuel L Jackson
     
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    Sarah Millican
    David Mitchell
    John Green
     
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    William Shatner xD
     
  7. mdl5000

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    Keith David. He seems to do a lot of voices.
     
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    Keith David (did a line in the Civ V trailer) or Morgan Freeman (God from Bruce Almighty, among many other roles) or Martin Sheen (voiced The Illusive Man in Mass Effect 2 and 3) would be great. Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) would be a good option too!
     
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    Preferably nobody if the quotes are gonna be nearly as bad as in civ 6
     
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    "I like pigs" "Monay" "The class struggle necessarily leads to the dictatorship of the proletariat"
    I don't know what you're talking about the quotes are just fine!
     
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    1. Isao Sasaki (佐々木功)
    2. Mizuki Ichiro (水木一郎)
    3. Victor Caroli
    4. Peter Cullen
    5. Issei Masamune
     
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    Ooh. Good options. I voted Freeman bc that was my first thought. Although her is a bit of a meme. I love Sigourney, but she's more notable for her acting than her voice so I don't think she's a good choice.
     
  15. mdl5000

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    Linda Hunt. nice baritone voice there.
     
  16. Zaarin

    Zaarin Chief Medical Officer, DS9

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    Sara Kestelman! Complete with lectures about how all your choices are horrible! :D

    More seriously (I mean, I was serious about making Kreia the narrator, but it's not going to happen :p ): Cate Blanchett or Shohreh Aghdashloo (I. Love. Her. Voice) would make good choices. If someone could develop a time machine, any of Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Lee, Tony Jay, or Patrick Stewart would be nice (the first three are dead; the last sounds like he's dead). Alexander Siddig has a nice voice and absolutely no discrimination about what projects he takes on. :mischief:
     
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    I voted for Lupita. I think she hits a nice balance of having a distinct voice but not being too much of a caricature like Freeman or Attenborough, or too nondescript like Sarandon or Dafoe (although Dafoe has enough range that he could do something different, inappropriate as I think that would be in the case of stunt-casting celebrity narrators). Earl Jones would also be a pretty solid, if kind of cliche choice.

    My rule of thumb for a civ narrator is that they should practically disappear into the soundscape. I think Bean was somewhat miscast because his accent is so thick. I'm thinking someone with very clear, sonorous diction like a Tilda Swinton type.
     
  19. Zaarin

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    For me it's not his accent; it's that he's just not a narrator. He's a talented actor (and voice actor), but narrating is a different skill. There's also the fact that he butchers 9 out of 10 names, but TBH that's the fault of whoever is supposed to be coaching him.
     
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  20. PhoenicianGold

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    It's somewhere between the two I think, or a combination. Again I think diction and unobtrusiveness is more important than character, especially for game narration that players have to listen to many times over. And I think we agree that Bean's talents just don't fall into that area. I hope it didn't come off as disliking Bean...I think he's a fine actor who has never disappointed me on screen. He just always struck me as not the best choice for this particular job.
     
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