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NHL 15 Voice Work

from Dan Treadway of Sports Illustrated,

For a sports video game to truly thrive, several factors need to come together. Gameplay and graphics tend to take center stage, but a factor that's often overlooked but can seriously enhance or hinder a game's effectiveness is the commentators....

 I spoke with Sean Ramjagsingh, a producer on NHL 15, which will be released on September 9 and boasts "The most realistic broadcast package in a video game to-date."...

And that process has worked well with NHL 15's new commentators, Doc Emrick and Eddie Olczyk?

Yeah, they just take a second, they pause, they visualize it  and then they rattle off ten different speech samples based off that situation we give them. It gives us Doc and Eddie being Doc and Eddie as opposed to Doc and Eddie reading a script that we wrote for them that might be written in a way that's not their style. We ad lib as much content as we can. We'll have Doc and Eddie together, so they play off each other. That's where you get the true synergy between the two commentators. The one piece that we still need to script a little bit is around the names. So we want sentences or expressions to start with a player's name. We have 5,000 players in our game. We get the names right, make sure we get everybody, make sure we get them with the right intonations. So that's the more scripted part. Everything else we try to leave unscripted as much as possible.

For top players, a guy like Patrick Kane for example, would you have Doc and Eddie specifically say 'Patrick Kane' in a bunch of different ways or even give a specific anecdote about him?

Well for every player we'll have different intonations, different levels -- different commentators sometimes have more levels than others and Doc is fantastic. 

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TreKronor's avatar

I have each year’s game for who knows how many years going back, but because of the new announcers I’m strongly considering skipping NHL15.  They should make it an option to mute Eddie.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/22/14 at 01:33 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

NHL ‘94 on Sega Genesis was the last/best hockey video game I played. No need for the “realism” with players faces in the new game, and certainly no need to listen to a virtual olczyk when I can’t stand the real one.  grin

Posted by Down River Dan on 08/22/14 at 03:04 PM ET

harken23's avatar

The chances of me buying—or even agreeing to play—this game have now dropped to zero.

Posted by harken23 on 08/22/14 at 03:39 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I have each year’s game for who knows how many years going back, but because of the new announcers I’m strongly considering skipping NHL15.  They should make it an option to mute Eddie.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/22/14 at 02:33 PM ET

I will not spent a cent on the game until they remove Emrick and Olczyk and get some real announcers.

Honestly, part of me liked previous versions because of Gary and Bill.  When do we get to hear them call hockey anymore?  We don’t.

Posted by Primis on 08/23/14 at 09:33 PM ET

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