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Nolan North: Taking Time Makes For A Better Entertainment Experience

Matt Gardner
Nathan Drake, Naughty Dog, Nolan North, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Voice acting

Nolan North: Taking Time Makes For A Better Entertainment Experience

Nolan North, the man behind Nathan Drake, Desmond and the 'SPAAAAAACE' module from Portal 2 has spoken out saying that it has been Naughty Dog's commitment to detail and the fact that they take their time with their products which yields a 'better quality entertainment experience'.

Talking to IGN, the prolific voice actor has suggested that the line between the experience offered by Hollywood and video games is blurring as practices change and teams have a chance to try different approaches and methods.

T'he more Naughty Dog -- and with this game in particular -- takes their time with the product, the better quality entertainment experience,' said North. 'They give us the time to try things and to adlib things during performance capture. Most people think it's just a video game, but when you pay attention to every detail -- and every actor in this game knows what page they're on at any time -- you're going to make something that people are going to want. It's an experience they're going to just be able to immerse themselves. They'll explore this world. It's like playing in an animated movie.'

As an actor who has worked across numerous titles for many years, North also stated more broadly that the perception of video games as lesser material for such actors - going hand in hand with viewing such projects as 'just a game' -  is absolutely becoming a thing of the past, and that the quality of production has been crucial to this.

'The attention to detail that Naughty Dog has brought and that Amy Hennig has given us, really focuses us. So you don't have people saying, "Why are you discussing this scene so much. It's just a video game." "Just a video game" is becoming a thing of the past. There's no such thing. This is a quality production. We want to make the best game. We're not here to half-ass it. We want to make it the best it can be, and nobody more than me because I'm the lead character. It's not a big feature film series like the Bourne movies and it's not Indiana Jones, but this is something I take a lot of pride in, and they get really good actors who have the willingness to play and the willingness to throw it out there.'

We'll have an Uncharted 3 review for you within the next 24 hours, but trust me when I say that if you enjoyed the first two games, you're going to love Uncharted 3.

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