It wouldn't be Comic-Con without some of the big names like Stan Lee being there to do some panels and chat with the roving masses that flock to San Diego for the event. Looks like this time Stan decided to talk a bit about his fascination with the writing that goes into videogames during one of his panels:
"When you talk about games evolving over the years and becoming more like movies, in many ways, they've gone beyond movies. To do a movie is difficult, but it's linear. There's a beginning, a middle and an end, and that's it - you write a story. In a videogame, you're writing many stories within the story. It's a totally different structure and a totally different philosophy of writing and, I think, a much, much more difficult one. I get the feeling more work goes into these videogames than even goes into the movies."
Having dealt with the writing aspect of making a video game, in many of ways Stan is very correct in his assessment, if we are talking about very story centric games. It's about on par with a television series, since you often need many writers and plenty of revisions to get everything in working order. Stan then expounded further on how much he marvels at videogames:
"I marvel at the fact the games look as good, and in some cases better, as the most expensive movies . . . Now you watch one of these games and it's like watching the greatest superhero movie, except you're part of it. It's indescribable. And you know it takes a lot to impress me," he joshed.
Well, it's good to see Stan Lee praising videogames for doing more than just fattening his pocketbook off the royalties I'm sure he gets from all those Spiderman games. Here's to hoping that we see a Stan Lee written game sometime int he future.