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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 5
05-07-2012, 04:05 PM
It's actually a legal issue here. Under California state law, it is illegal to hire non-professional voice actors for any commercially licensed product.

Even if the actors are uncredited, if they're not a member of the Screen Actors Guild, the developers can get in trouble for using it.

It goes beyond just what California and Hollywood have laid down. So long as the product that the voice over is being used for is making any form of money, financial compensation HAS to be paid to the actors, be they volunteers, professionals, or otherwise.

That's not even going into detail about the amount of time it would take to sort through hundreds of voice samples to find the perfect voice for this character and that. Even if they did match up a suitable voice for every character, they still need to maintain some standard of quality and make sure that the acting is actually passable.