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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

X-Men Scribe On Game And Movie

Zak Penn has written for X-Men United and the upcoming X-Men: The Last Stand, as well as the upcoming video game tie-in. Superhero Hype caught up with him and sat him down:

SHH!: Do you think that the next generation of consoles such as Xbox 360 and PS3 will be able to offer enough quality that maybe it can bring the same level of emotions?

Penn: I think video games are going to try, and it would be cool if they succeed, but I'm not sure that there isn't something intrinsically bound up in story telling, in traditional story telling, that is not reachable in something that also has to be playable. Here's the thing, in a video game, no matter what they say, the main character is you. You start to become the character. Inherently, it's a different experience when you watch a movie. You don't become Wolverine if you are watching "X-Men: The Last Stand," and I think that the separation does something. As video games provide some sort of visceral first person experience, where you the player are the main character, you will always have a difficult time getting the same emotion out of it, as you would in a movie.
-- Zak Penn on the New X-Men Game & Movie

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