In a brief chat with Eurogamer, game voice-actor extraordinaire and all round good guy Nolan North explains how he got a small part in the second Star Trek reboot movie on the back of his work in Naughty Dog’s Uncharted.
“The reason I did [Star Trek 2] – it’s a very small role – but it’s because [J.J. Abrams] and his son are huge fans of Uncharted,” he said. “I met him doing some work on Super 8 and he said ‘We’re doing Start Trek, you wanna do it?’ And I said I’d love to.”
Nolan says that Abrams is a “huge fan of gaming” and explained that the general public don’t understand it all yet, but were “going to catch up.”
“They don’t understand how amazing this technology is and it doesn’t get the respect it deserves, but if it keeps making the money it makes you’re going to see more and more people converted,” he said, and then namechecked Gary Oldman, who did Call of Duty recently.
“He wouldn’t have done it 10 years ago. It’s a new age dawning.”
“Gaming is being held to a new standard,” he said. “I really think Naughty Dog and Uncharted have really set the bar – the cinematic quality and story quality. I think it’s a very difficult thing to write for a game. You have to think of your story structure but also how that is incorporated into gameplay to make it a fun game.”
He references Amy Hennig and her work on Uncharted’s storylines – “it’s pretty amazing how she can so seamlessly have her story narrative lead into gameplay.”