This. I guess it's just a marketing thing to bring their fancommunities to the game.I doubt I would be able to recognize any of those guys by looks/voice anyway, so for me they will be no different than every other voice actor.
Are they really ubiquitous enough that people on here who are not fans of theirs would be able to recognize them on sight?
It depends how these characters are behaving in the game.So apparently Jesse Cox, Cohcarnage and possibly others are going to be NPCs (likeness and all) in the game, some of them even having their own quests tied to them and I'm curious about what the community thinks about that.
Personally I hate it. Let me make it crystal clear that I have nothing against those people but I feel it's a bit immersion breaking bumping into these types of NPCs. For my personal taste the 3 farting trolls that referenced Angry Joe, Dodger and Jesse Cox was already pushing it a bit (along with the fact that gwent cards used conteporary personalities like Ciri but that's an entirely different discussion) but this feels.... jarring.
One might argue that they have Keanu in there as Silverhand but Keanu is a professional actor, when I watch Matrix I'm not thinking about him I'm thinking about Neo. I'm capable of detaching Keanu from Silverhand if that makes sense. When I bump into Jesse Cox I'm not going to think "oh, this guy's name is Steve (or whatever) and he has a job for me", I'm going to think "why am I running into Jesse Cox in my singleplayer videogame?".
To me the idea seems contradictory with the heavy emphasis on immersion in the other aspects of the game's design. So what gives?
I think we can savely discard the immersion argument against 3rd person now. Nothing is more immersion breaking than encountering a bunch of e-celebs in your game.
But if gaming companies want to add them to games, they should be treated as hired actors (like they would anyone else) and not some fan gimmick or as a way to please the streamers or whatever the purpose of it is.
I personally hate seeing the streamers and youtubers in the game. It is pure cringe and only serves to inflate their already massive egos.
I tried killing all of them in game. Unfortunately they rarely let you.