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Part of the modern soundscape is a sing-song synthetic voice telling usa about everything from slime recipes and teenage drama to unionisation procedures and scissor-wielding ‘fashion hacks’ that surely are covert fetish videos. It is TikTok’s text-to-speech communication voice, and it is everywhere. Now it’s even in One-half-Life, thanks to a mod which replaces the opening tram ride voiceover with a TikTok TTS version. It’s a distressing antiquity, and I hate that it kinda works. Run across/hear for yourself in the video below.
Like many horrible ideas on the Cyberspace, it began with a joke:
one-half life merely every single vox clips is redone past the tik tok text to speech vocalisation(south)
— 💙M&Thousand McFurry🧡 (@TheFloofierLove) April 23, 2022
And like many alarming jokes on the Net, it escalated past following through. Mere hours afterwards, creator and jokester “TheFloofierLove” had fed the opening tram announcer script into the TikTok API to renovate the Black Mesa tram system with a chipper and sassy new personality.
“Why does this exist? Considering I got bored and found out that you don’t really need TikTok to generate the voice clips,” they explicate on the TikTok Transit Voiceover modernistic’s download page. A great reason to make a modern. I am delighted that they made this mod.
The readme file (always read the readme) does note, “I am really not sure how far I’ll be going with this modernistic.” Maybe information technology’ll remain only the tram intro. That would exist fine. That would exist enough for the joke. That might nonetheless be likewise much. Though… if they did do the whole game, absolutely I would download and play information technology.
While Black Mesa the government lab will doubtless concord onto its legacy announcer organisation until the magnetic tapes dry, crack, and wither to dust, I could see a tech startup Black Mesa adopting a TikTok voiceover. You know, the sort of workplace that would replace their journalist every few weeks with a new joke vocalism (and would list this every bit a perk on job ads alongside “beer fridge” and “top banter”). You know, where one calendar month it would exist the CEO doing his horrible Rick & Morty impression, again. Though this workplace would probably besides supersede the trams with slides. Still, One-half-Life’s On A Rail chapter would be way better with slides (especially with surfing).
I do now want to see TikTok vocalisation replacements combined with how musician Graham Dunning replaced all of Half-Life’s sounds with vintage rave and dance samples to turn Half-Life into an experimental electronica generator.
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