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Quantic Dream head discusses Japanese games and his take on the PS4

Have you ever wanted to ask Quantic Dream founder and CEO David Cage — a man who's certainly known for his deep and heavily character-driven games — what he thinks about the Japanese game scene? Famitsu magazine had that opportunity this week, and the answer may surprise you, given the tendency many designers have had in recent years to downplay Japan's achievements.

"I've loved Japan's games for a long time, and I've always been playing them," he said. "My personal impression is that Japanese games have high creativity and really cut through the mold. Really, Western games have a tendency to just repeat the same things over and over again and be hesitant to change. I really think Japan's creators are the ones making more ambitious challenges with their work." (PS4, Quantic Dream)

GalacticEmpire  +   862d ago
If you can get past the slight air of pretentiousness, Cage actually has his good taste and is passionate about what he does.
Bathyj  +   862d ago
Slight air of pretentiousness is probably a good way of putting it, or maybe its just his accent. I love how he says El-lon Pay-gsh.

Either way he more than compensates for it with his obvious passion. Just listening to this guy talk, you can tell he wouldnt want to be doing anything else in life than what he is already doing. He'd probably just want to do it a little bit better.
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WeAreLegion  +   862d ago
He's not pretentious. He's French.


Ok. Let me try that again. He's not pretentious, despite being French. David Cage is a huge admirer of others within the gaming community and respects his fans. I highly recommend looking for other interviews. He's a great guy. ^_^
CGI-Quality  +   862d ago
Someone who's "pretentious", puts on a front. Cage isn't in that boat.

OT: Always good listening to his take on things.
GribbleGrunger  +   862d ago
David Cage is not pretentious. He's an intelligent guy talking intelligently about making games. The only reason some people think he's pretentious is because he treats games in the same way a director treats a film. I've never seen or read anything from David Cage that suggested anything but passion. If you want an example of pretentious then watch Jonathan Blows Playstation Meeting presentation.
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MikeMyers  +   861d ago
He is pretentious.


I also love this quote:

"Western games have a tendency to just repeat the same things over and over again and be hesitant to change."

That could be said about some Japanese games too. Obviously the guy doesn't divulge much into the indie scene. I have far greater respect for people like Tim Schafer who just makes games and learns to keep his mouth shut and not act like he's better than everyone else. David Cage thinks every western game is a Call of Duty clone and that he is the savior to pushing further.
GribbleGrunger  +   861d ago
No, he's not pretentious, he's just right. This industry needs to grow up and he's one of those people who are actually proving it can. If you don't understand what he's saying or choose to be selective with how you quote him, then you'll never appreciate David Cage or what he's trying to achieve. If Cage can kill COD and all the other shallow crap that caters to children then this industry WILL grow up.

Read his comments again and forget what the hive mind tells you to think.
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MikeMyers  +   861d ago
In now way am I discrediting his work or his vision. You're right, we need to push the boundaries of the industry. I just don't care for his demeanour or superiority complex. He often comes across as arrogant instead of confident.

Beyond looks like an awesome game and I wish other developers would take more chances too. The problem is publishers most times don't want to take such risks and often play it safe. This is why Sony needs to be commended for backing people's visions and not always concentrating on blockbuster games. Sure sometimes quotes get edited and out if context but I've seen enough of him in video to judge for myself of his character. He often dismisses other games which I don't think is fair. He also thinks he's the driving force in changing the industry which simply isn't true. There is a ton of great ideas both Eastern and Western on a smaller scale but because he works for Sony his stage prescience gets more focus.
GalacticEmpire  +   861d ago
By "slight air of pretentiousness" I meant he kind of comes across that way, I wasn't making a personal observation, I don't actually think he is pretentious. I have great respect for anyone who dares to make games as different and engaging as his.
miyamoto  +   862d ago
I hope video games will be as varied and diverse and touch about any subject matter under the sun just like mainstream manga, novels, anime, and movies in Japan and the the whole world.

I loved Cooking Mama and Trauma Center.

Perhaps this is David Cage's "quantic dream" too.
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Blackcanary  +   862d ago
I agree with u and bubble that notion lol.
cyhm3112  +   862d ago
this guy speaks the truth. Western games are boring. Now and then some fps are great but it gets tired after a while. Japanese games have better gameplay and ideas.
jc48573  +   862d ago
I have to say that I am very picky when it comes to playing Western games. While I can stomach the gameplay, I really can't stand when Western games bore me with their stories.
MysticStrummer  +   862d ago
Quantic Dream head.

: )
specialagent4532  +   862d ago
Good interview and I am glad he likes Japanese games.
Blackcanary  +   862d ago
I really do wish we had more Japanese games in the west. there are so many games that come out in Japan and china that never see the light in the west.

The western audience really do need to come out there comfort zone and try new things.
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KongRudi  +   860d ago
Yeah.. Lot's of experimental strange stuff coming out in Japan on PS3 this generation.
That garbage-collection game, inspired by tetris and lumines, Q-Games had a few games, and Tokyo jungle, that game where people are making a snake travelling to other planets realtime, etc.
I can't imagine stuff like that get greenlit by western publishers - but in Japan, publishers and devs have more faith in consumers might be willing to try more strange things. :)

As for story-telling, I agree with him aswell.
The stories in Japaneese games isn't that much better than western, but the characthers tend to be much greater - because of the attempt of telling a story.
If you look at a game like Katamari Damacy, the 'story' is bonkers, but the game is much better with the King of Cosmos and similar, than it would be with a non-entity, like the game would have had if it were a western game. :P

In my opinion. The various characthers in Yakuza is much more interesting than the gangster in GTA's. The story and similar isn't better told, in Yakuza, it's actually better told in GTA. But the developers make a much better effort in getting across all the details about the characthers wich make them feel like people, and don't worry if they have to go into a 15 minute cutscene, in order to make the player care about them. :-/
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