With the release of Pokémon scarlet and violet, the Pokémon community once again never fails to disappoint. It is no surprise that once again pokemon scarlet and violet characters remain to be voiceless even in the cutscenes. Contrary to its TV and Movie adaptations, Pokemon remains hesitant to dub the cutscenes in their official games.
This leaves the voices of the characters in the game we love running free in our imagination. Although we might not see any of this changing anytime soon, the community stepped up to provide us with just what we need.
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Pokémon fans took it upon themselves to dub the newest installment of the long-running series of Pokémon —- Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Yes, we as a community are disappointed that we have to make do once again with quiet cutscenes and characters not being dubbed. That is why a fan stepped up to the challenge and took it upon himself to dub the quiet cutscenes to give us a taste of what actually could have been.
How it Happened
Joe Goffeney, alongside his friends, uploaded a video on his Youtube channel, Dr. Bonehead, entitled “Pokémon NEEDS Voice Acting.” In the video, he and his friends took it upon themselves and dubbed the cutscenes that can be found in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. The video itself was five minutes long, and to no surprise, the cutscenes were better once voice actors were behind it to narrate the text.
The video garnered 44 thousand views in two days after its release. It garnered 4.6 thousand likes and 472 comments. The comments were positive and stated that the voice actors did a great job dubbing the cutscenes. It felt right that the cutscenes finally had voices behind them.
One commenter even stated, “As someone who has played Pokémon for nearly 25 years this brought a tear to my eye. Despite its bugs, this game is everything I could have imagined and more as a young kid starting from Pallet Town with his Charmander. Voice acting would have made it so much better, especially in some of the more emotional scenes. Thank you for doing this, and I hope Game Freak takes notice.”
The Fans’ Opinions
However, many commenters criticized Game Freak’s reluctance to add voice acting to their mainline games. A commenter stated, “What’s insane to me is that several trailers and promotional content had voices for many of the characters with fairly long dialogues, like Iono, Jaq, and the director. Not adding the same voices into the game was just a weird choice overall.”
As a Pokémon fan who started playing the game at four years old, I am kicking myself. Up to this day, the games remain unvoiced. I sympathize with the commenters on the video who criticize Game Freak for not listening to the plights of its fans, and I sincerely hope that they will finally give the fans what they deserve.