Remember the bad rap that both Bungie and Peter Dinklage were on the receiving end of when players were given the chance to play the Destiny beta last year? The whole bloody internet almost exploded with complaints that Dinklage’s voice sounded much too monotonous and disinterested. Bungie took the criticism on board and gave the actor’s vocal performance a bit of distortion – making him sound much more robotic – but it did little to remedy the situation.
Other than criticisms concerning Dinklage’s delivery of his lines, the other main qualm most had was how bland the actual character was. No personality, comedy or charisma – just boring.
According to an interview with IGN though, the character may have originally been a hell of a lot funnier than the one gamers the world over got tired of after a few hours. Arrested Development star David Cross originally wrote a script for the player’s companion, but it was never used.
Brian Posehn and I got asked and jumped at the chance. We were flown up to Bellevue, Washington to do a punch-up on the Ghost character in Destiny about a year ago. We were both very excited about it. They did not use a single, solitary thing that we wrote, which is a shame because we wrote some stuff that – you know, we’re gamers.
On top of that, Cross wasn’t shy about sharing his thoughts on how the Ghost turned out in the final product.
It’s a shame because I’ve played Destiny quite a bit. I haven’t played since I’ve been over here and working on Bob and David, but you know when it came out I was way into it and way excited about it…and when you’re at an hour 20 of that thing, it’s like the Ghost is kind of monotone saying this thing, ‘We must get over the ridge. That’s the cabal – we’ve got to defeat him.
Whatever, it’s boring as sh*t, and I speak for myself and Brian, and I know thousands if not millions of other gamers would be like ‘It would be nice to have a joke or something in there.’ You think we’re going to f*ck with the tone? But it was very exciting to go up there and get paid to play a video game a year before it came out.
Are you now a disappointed Destiny fan? Us too.