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Why does the empire get the best accents???

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Why does the empire get the best accents???

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ralphieceaser
10.08.2013 , 03:58 PM | #1
Seriously, this isnt even balanced by faction
All the great and fabulous British accents are in the empire

Sith warrior, imperial agent and sith inquisitor have the greatest, most soft and beautiful voices and the republic is stuck with some generic boring wannabe rambo voices(bounty hunter included)
You give 3 great accents to the empire and none to the republic

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UltimateKrucible
10.08.2013 , 04:44 PM | #2
Hmmmmm...

Go watch the original trilogy. All the imperials have British accents, all the rebels are American, cept Obi-Wan.
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aeterno
10.08.2013 , 04:49 PM | #3
As I recall it was a story/lore flavor decision.

The "contemporary" SW galaxy is clearly a mix. The idea here was that empire and republic developed in isolation from each other for a while which also got reflected on their accents. In the end the galaxy has to consolidate in time for OT and the accents are the remnants of the former division/result of 2 cultures clashing and eventually merging. So every time you watch the OT you now know why EXACTLY tTarkin and co sound as they do. Their grand-grand-grand-...-grand daddy picked it up on DK.

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Tamanous
10.08.2013 , 05:02 PM | #4
Star Wars draws greatly from real world history.

The Empire is based upon the old British Empire in their empire building days when they controlled the economy of most of the known world. They preached their ideals of Liberty and free people ... for everyone except the cultures they literally enslaved.

The New Republic is based more on new world nations and the modern American "empire" which honestly is sort of more of the same ... Liberty (was founded by the puritans from England anyway so basically is just the newer British Empire) and world economic domination.

I won't further go into the "real world" aspect of this but the core irony of the "Empire" based on the old British Empire (300 years of dominance) is that the empire was build upon Liberty for it's people and the downfall of monarchy or totalitarian rule but then evolved into a capitalist nation creating an entirely new social ruling class and horribly enslaved worker class with flat out enslavement of other nations.

The story of the Republic is similar to America. New ideals and new hopes but eventually stagnation, creation of a new ruling class and empire building when the founders promised against it. The same old and the story of Swtor reflects this. Each side thinks they are morally superior and even socially superior with normal citizens stuck between the conflict.

The accents in game simply strengthen this concept.

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DocHoneydew
10.08.2013 , 05:03 PM | #5
British = Baddie.

Besides, it's as much fun to kill a British-voiced npc as much as it is to be a British-voiced player doing the killing.

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Fantazm
10.08.2013 , 05:10 PM | #6
The Empire "suits" had what you might call British accents (despite there being loads of accents in this country most of which sound nothing alike) because Ep4 was filmed over here so they got local actors to fill the roles.

That really is about it. Anything else is what you might call "back lore" if such a thing exists. Having said that, a large percentage of EU stuff is exactly that.

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AelixVII
10.08.2013 , 05:35 PM | #7
I am in love with the male Inquisitor voice and he has the same accent as me so it's a comfortable familiarity

Truth be told, I didn't initially take much notice of the Imperial accents because I'm so used to them already. It was the Republic ones, especially the Hunter's that stood out for me.


Quote: Originally Posted by DocHoneydew View Post
British = Baddie.

Besides, it's as much fun to kill a British-voiced npc as much as it is to be a British-voiced player doing the killing.
This.

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Yasac
10.08.2013 , 05:39 PM | #8
I wonder how the actual british people feel about this. Do they get really bored with playing imperials? Like aww I did not buy this game to hear this again!
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Cernow
10.08.2013 , 05:43 PM | #9
Brits always get to play the baddies in Hollywood movies, so it's an extension of that really. And yeah, I love Bertie Carvel's male Imp Agent, totally sells that character and one of the best voice overs and storylines in the game.

It's noticeable that whilst the Imp Agent, Sith Inquisitor and Sith Warrior voices are all Brit, both the male and female Bounty Hunter voices are American. Perhaps this is because they are more neutral in the storyline and not part of the Empire.

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thecoffeecup
10.08.2013 , 05:50 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by ralphieceaser View Post
Seriously, this isnt even balanced by faction
All the great and fabulous British accents are in the empire

Sith warrior, imperial agent and sith inquisitor have the greatest, most soft and beautiful voices and the republic is stuck with some generic boring wannabe rambo voices(bounty hunter included)
You give 3 great accents to the empire and none to the republic
Female scoundrel has the best voice acting in the game IMO. Male scoundrel is good too. Otherwise I prefer the imps (male SW and female SI, but saying the republic get nothing but "boring wannabe rambo voices" is perhaps going a bit too far.