David Cage is wrong: Violence is essential

Destructoid: "Our perception of reality is guided by our senses. The pavement impacts my feet, the grass crunches as I walk upon it, the sky surrounds my area of vision, and the bayou across the way brings about a strong scent of human feces. I couldn't be anywhere else, even if I wanted.

If I were to put a gun in my hand and fire aimlessly at the houses, would I become even more immersed in my environment -- that is, would I become even more aware and emotionally invested in the current moment? Yes, I would. And so it is with videogames."

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JBSleek1899d ago

David Cage sounds like a silly man if indeed he suggested less violence just for the sake of non violence.

Games should reflect real life? I wouldn't want a game in which I wake up go to classes study and sleep.

DigitalRaptor1899d ago (Edited 1899d ago )

In the same way that not all films need violence to be entertaining, Cage is bringing about what should be more developers attempting to put a stronger emphasis on character and mise-en-scène and a stronger emotional arc, rather than violence for the sake of rushing our emotions in stereotypical and instinctual fashion.

I'm interested in games that challenge my emotions, thoughts and general intelligence, not just my trigger-finger instinct.

QuebecSuperstar1899d ago


I agree with every single word you wrote.

MmaFan-Qc1899d ago

pretty much what i was about to post, thx for saving my time.

Thatguy-3101899d ago (Edited 1899d ago )

He isn't against violence. He basically says that there has to be a motive behind ones action. Take for example the violence in COD games and compare it to the one in The Last of Us. Both use violence but The Last of Us takes a more mature approach because the violence adds to the story in oppose to a shoot em' up FPS that the objective is to run and kill. In all accounts I strongly agree with Cage. It's nice seeing a game evoking the same type of emotion a film gives because it blurring the lines between video games and movies more. That being said I do enjoy games that I'm able to just have fun and enjoy.

Nimblest-Assassin1899d ago

Your comment reminded me about that stupid moment in MW3 when you are that father recording his daughter then they all die

Probably the cheapest method of getting an emotional reaction I have ever seen this generation

plmkoh1899d ago


I just discovered that they literally traced that scene from an Anime Show: Ghost in the Shell SAC 2.

But it's exactly that, by transferring someone else's scene without context for that violence, it just looks stupid.

kowan1899d ago

There's a game called persona 4 in which you wake up go to classes, beat up monsters, study, go to sleep and repeat. It's universally acclaimed and is considered one of the best rpgs today.

Donnieboi1899d ago

Heavy rain has some of the most realistic, brutal violence scenes ever portrayed in a non-fantasy themed game. Cage is a hipocrete if he is indeed talking down games that have violence in them. Fact.

ziggurcat1899d ago (Edited 1899d ago )

"Games should reflect real life? I wouldn't want a game in which I wake up go to classes study and sleep."

i'm sure peter lolyneux would work on that kind of project, and claim it as the greatest thing since sliced bread.

@ Donnieboi:

disagreed because there's a great distinction between the violence that occurs in heavy rain, and the violence in, say, GTA, CoD, god of war, and so on...

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Walker1899d ago

lmao, David's head on that pic is epic :D !

Parapraxis1899d ago


I really wish Journey had more decapitations....


akaakaaka1899d ago

you are a [email protected]#[email protected]$# you should say JOURNEY SPOILER ALERT you @#$%R##

TuxedoMoon1899d ago

As far as I know, 98% of games have some or violence in them. Mario punching, spinning, and stomping on enemies is VIOLENCE! Unless you're playing Tetris or a puzzle game of the same nature...then it's not violent.

Keeping more to the topic, I disagree with David Cage wanting games to reflect real life. Why? Cause I think that most gamers play games as an ESCAPE from real life. Games shouldn't aim to mimic real life, but give players different experiences away from the shackles of reality. I don't want to play a game where I'm taking care of a baby or going to work or school. I'd rather play a game where I fight dragons or pilot a mech to save the land/world.

Thatguy-3101899d ago

Gamers play games to escape THEIR life. Wouldn't mind reading, watching movies, or play video games regarding real life issues or scenarios.honestly the more real the story is the more immerse I get because it becomes relatable. That being said no one minds having other worlds or dimensions to play in too. But I agree to the extent that some not all developers should tackle down more realistic issues. Variety doesn't hurt.

wishingW3L1899d ago (Edited 1899d ago )

I like how one writer from Destructoid writes something and then other Destructoid writers like Holmes are disagreeing with the piece. XD

If only all gaming websites were like this. ;)

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