eDimensional Voice Buddy Software for Gaming
Posted by: Snubbsy on: 23.02.2009 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Initially I struggled to get Voice Buddy running. However, after emailing the people over at eDimensional, I was provided the solution:
Regardless of your nationality, you must have Vista’s ‘speech recognition’ set to English – US.
When I was informed of this, I was surprised as I’m sure Microsoft designed different speech recognition profiles (English – UK, English – US etc) for a reason – to distinguish between dialects and other differences between our languages/native tongue.
During testing, I ran CounterStrike: Source in windowed mode alongside Voice Buddy so that I could see whether Voice Buddy was recognising my commands. Note: Voice Buddy also helpfully reads back the command to you.
After going through Windows Vista’s long and tiring Voice training, I had imagined that Voice Buddy might work. However, Voice Buddy was unable to recognise most of my commands correctly, and rather than aiding my gaming ability, it was forcing me into danger by misunderstanding commands completely.
Strangely, a few days later when I came back to get some screenshots of Voice Buddy, the problem seemed to have magically resolved! Voice Buddy understood every command I threw at it. I think that this could be down to a temporary system fault (or background noise, as it was much quieter in my house on the last time I tried), so I don’t think it should be blamed on Voice Buddy.
Using a printed off command sheet (available within the Voice Buddy program), I tried and tested 20 various commands, and recorded screenshots for 6, as I believe this is a fair example.
Note: Voice Buddy didn’t misunderstand a single command.
Spoken command: “Give Bots Grenades”
Spoken command: “Crouch”
Spoken command: “Kill all bots”
Spoken command: “Strafe right”
One thing to note is that some commands are just generic ‘button pressers’. The command “use blow torch” infact just pressed “e” (demonstrated in the console):
Another example of poor implantation by eDimensional is the fact that no inbuilt commands initiate the console automatically (to demonstrate this, I opened up the chat function by pressing ‘Y’, the command spoken was then converted into the appropriate text and then entered into the text box):
This means that for any console commands – basically anything to do with the game modes etc require you to press console first. This makes sense if you’re setting up a server, however, mid game this idea is poor.
I attempted to create a custom RaceDriver: GRID voice command sheet, however during the adding process, Voice Buddy insisted it was not able to do so for GRID.
Next page – Conclusion