Writing games is harder than film, says Stan Lee

Friday, 25th July 2008 06:56 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Speaking at Comic Con yesterday, Spider-Man legend Stan Lee opined that writing games is more difficult that scripting films due to branching storylines.

“When you talk about games evolving over the years and becoming more like movies, in many ways, they’ve gone beyond movies,” he said. “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.”

Thanks, Eurogamer.



  1. SticKboy

    Finally! Somebody who actually *understands*.

    You can always count on Stan Lee to ‘get’ things. I worship this man.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Psychotext

    God… having seen his movie writing I’d hate to see what a pig’s ear he’d make of a game then.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Michael

    Then why, pray tell, are most game’s storyline so shockingly shit?

    #3 6 years ago
  4. wz

    Michael: I always wonder. Games usually have plots far more stupid than any movie would ever dare.

    Oh Lord, maybe Uwe Boll /really is/ the best contemporary director, and he’s doing masterful work from really bad source material.
    (Just kidding!)

    #4 6 years ago
  5. mightyhokie

    “Then why, pray tell, are most game’s storyline so shockingly shit?”

    Well, because it’s harder than writing movies! hehe

    Hey, I consider him America’s Shakespeare. =D

    #5 6 years ago

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