Once people had tried a slice of Destiny during the June alpha period, one thing became apparent: there was a portion of players (and media outlets) that felt Peter Dinklage’s voice acting was “wooden” and “dull”. For those who perhaps don’t realise, Peter Dinklage is in vogue thanks to his outstanding portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s TV series Game of Thrones. If you’re still scratching your head and don’t know what Game of Thrones is, then I’m afraid there’s not much hope for you.
Dinklage plays the role of your Ghost AI companion in Destiny. He’s basically the one who talks to you the most throughout the game, relaying mission objectives, providing observations on enemies, and giving you the history of each area you visit. The negative reaction to Dinklage’s performance came to a head in the midst of the alpha, and culminated in Bungie releasing a T-shirt that played-up Dinklage’s now infamous line: “That wizard came from the moon!”
Bungie has since addressed this issue in a recent update on the Destiny website. Dinklage’s voice-over has already been re-recorded for the beta, and will likely be recorded and polished yet again before the game releases in September. Secretly I’m hoping that they don’t alter the wizard-moon line from the alpha, because that’s now reached meme status and should be cherished forever as a textbook example of “so bad it’s good” writing and voice-acting.