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    Why do demons in Diablo speak english (or the same language as humans)?

    Wouldn't it be more immersive if demons, such as Diablo, azmodan, belial etc didn't speak english, but rather some made up demonic tongue, perhaps similar to latin or Aramaic, and put subtitles in english so the player knows what they are saying?

    Or better yet, if demons not only didn't speak english, but didn't understand the notion of sarcasm and insults, mock us in our own language with perfect grammar, in holographic appearances to the player?

    But seriously - I am all for Blizzard making demons actually scary and immersive, rather than making them childish school-yard bullies who are so overly personified that I could imagine them waking up early with an alarm clock and rushing to work in traffic.

    More mysterious, non-human etc. Angels too.

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    Re: Why do demons in Diablo speak english (or the same language as humans)?

    That isn't really the type of setting Diablo 3 has though.
    Demons in Sanctuary aren't some foreign entity coming into the world - where no knowledge of language or human behaviour makes sense.
    After all humans and demons are supposed to be related. Both Angels and demons has shown great interest in humans for a long time etc.

    So, in the context of the story, it makes ok sense they speak "english", knows sarcasm etc.
    However it makes less sense how bad their dialogue is

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    Re: Why do demons in Diablo speak english (or the same language as humans)?

    That question has come up in Doctor Who over the years. It is a gift of the Tardis which allows all of the Doctors companions to understand the language on the different planets they land on. Likewise in D3 the Angels allow men to understand the demons.

    But like SM says above the interpretation must be a bit off since the demons come across as silly monsters with temper tantrums rather than anything really scary.


    Azzure, the type of monster you're looking for though is diufficult to create in a computer game. The story and dialogue isn't really why you're playing the game. It is to kill critters and gain loot. Watch a movie instead, I think.
    Rose: You're an alien? You sound like you're from the North.
    Doctor: LOTS of planets have a North!!!

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    Re: Why do demons in Diablo speak english (or the same language as humans)?

    If they didn't speak english, you couldn't know to close the demonic portals in act 4.

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    Re: Why do demons in Diablo speak english (or the same language as humans)?

    More importantly, why is Leah pretty much the only person with an American accent in Tristram or Caldeum.

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    Re: Why do demons in Diablo speak english (or the same language as humans)?

    demons talking in 'demonic' with subtitles would be pretty climatic but with even less sense (how does player undestand 'demonic'?)
    if without subtitles... then it would lose sense at all (diablo: habahaba ; player:k) - it works well in cinematics tho, like in this one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3BxvHhz4XQ

    but as mentioned before, demons, humans and angels speak kind of the same language

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    Re: Why do demons in Diablo speak english (or the same language as humans)?

    Quote Originally Posted by yovargas View Post
    More importantly, why is Leah pretty much the only person with an American accent in Tristram or Caldeum.
    Because you don't mess with Jennifer Hale. She's pretty much a selling point in her own right. Or something. In the future, all female (and 50% of male) roles in videogames will be voiced by Jennifer Hale.

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    Re: Why do demons in Diablo speak english (or the same language as humans)?

    *wikis Jennifer Hale*


    Jennifer Hale (born January 30, 1972) is a Canadian actres] best known for her voice over work in video games like Grandia II, the Mass Effect trilogy, Diablo III, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Tales of Symphonia, the Metroid Prime trilogy, the Metal Gear Solid games, Brütal Legend, Halo 4, and Disney's animated movies.As a result of her prolific works as a voice actress in video gaming, Guinness World Records awarded her with a Guinness World Record for being "the most prolific videogame voice actor (female)" which has been featured in the book Guinness World Records 2013: Gamer's Edition.
    That's...weird.

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    Re: Why do demons in Diablo speak english (or the same language as humans)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan E View Post
    In the future, all female (and 50% of male) roles in videogames will be voiced by Jennifer Hale.
    I... would be okay with this.
    The male Shephards voice could only have been improved by it.

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    Re: Why do demons in Diablo speak english (or the same language as humans)?

    Quote Originally Posted by hatred View Post
    demons talking in 'demonic' with subtitles would be pretty climatic but with even less sense (how does player undestand 'demonic'?)
    if without subtitles... then it would lose sense at all (diablo: habahaba ; player:k) - it works well in cinematics tho, like in this one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3BxvHhz4XQ

    but as mentioned before, demons, humans and angels speak kind of the same language
    Haha, that cinematic was exactly my inspiration for this thread. Diablo 3 needs more of that kind of "demonic", rather than giant animal-like monsters who throw tantrums.

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