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David Cage: “I don’t make games to make money”

Beyond: Two Souls is more about its writer’s personal journey than Quantic Dream wanting to turn a dime. David Cage speaks to Patrick Garratt in Paris.

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MariaHelFutura1182d ago

Of course he wants to make money, it's his job. But, I think he means money is not his first priority while designing a game (which is good IMO). It's just a bad way to say it.

PopRocks3591181d ago

I'm curious as to how high his position at the company is. Isn't he only the writer or creative director at that studio? If that's so, it makes sense that he's in it for the creation and not the profits. Profits typically fall more in line with the CEOs and suits of the publishers.

DigitalRaptor1181d ago (Edited 1181d ago )

He's the founder and co-CEO of Quantic. He's also writer, director of performance capture, creative director and partial designer. So he's a one of the creative driving forces behind the game.

His partner in Quantic is Guillaume de Fondaumiere, who is co-CEO, CFO (finance) and executive producer. So he is the guy in charge of the company's financial health, budgeting and overall direction.

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And like MariaHelFutura said, he means that making games is his passion before it's a job, but it goes without saying that a job is important to him as it provides a person's income. He's an artist at heart and true artists accept the fact today money might not always be flowing, but their art is more important to them.

That's why David doesn't make shooters.

@ people below telling him to shut up and that he's an attention whore: get a clue. It's the journalists asking the questions, he's just answering them.

PopRocks3591181d ago

I see. Thanks for clearing that up.

shivvy241181d ago

yea they are being funded by sony so his not really worried about money

nukeitall1181d ago

Yup!

A lot of these "artists" keep saying, they aren't in it for the money, yet when sh*t hits the fan, they are the first to run.

Point being, nobody survives without money. Even the beggar in the street corner is indirectly surviving due to money.

What I think Cage is trying to say is "I make games out of passion first, and the earnings is just to support us".

Godmars2901181d ago

More accurately, his difference is likely the difference between making one million for a good and flawless game, and making eight million for a buggy and flawed title COD.

Walker1182d ago

David, stop talking anymore, please:)!

Enemy1181d ago

Not like Cage is asking for the attention. He doesn't care. People are interested in Beyond: Two Souls and idiots think Cage magically appears on N4G as if he isn't being quoted.

Note: websites quote him because they want to, not because he's asking.

"David, stop talking anymore, please:)!" is the dumbest comment of the week.

JoGam1181d ago

I think it was sarcasm people.

KillrateOmega1182d ago

Well that's some bullsh*t...

xXBlondieVanHarlowXx1181d ago

You just read the title didn't you?... Here's the full quote

“I don’t do work for hire. I don’t make games to make money. I make games by passion, because I want to share something, because I have something to tell.”

I would try to explain that he is a very passionate artist & whatnot but chances are you aren't gonna read this far anyways lol.

jc485731181d ago

I remember he shared a little about his life at one point.

MikeMyers1181d ago (Edited 1181d ago )

If his games don't make money he would have a hard time making the games he wants. Thankfully Heavy Rain made a profit for Sony which in turn greenlit Beyond. There are a ton of developers who make games out of passion. What often gets lost along the way are publishers who are more focused on turning a profit and often times have their own input in the development..

David Cage is still an employee which is why he was told to have Move support and cancel/delay the DLC for Heavy Rain. Sony wants to make money and sell hardware. So even though he says he's not in it for the money Sony will not invest in projects they think will fail commercially.

KillrateOmega1181d ago (Edited 1181d ago )

"I would try to explain that he is a very passionate artist & whatnot but chances are you aren't gonna read this far anyways lol."

Oh, I did read that far and all I gathered from your comment is that you're naïve. Here, let me insert a 'lol' as well ; you know, just to be derisive :)

It doesn't matter what his primary motivation is, do you honestly believe that he's not doing any of this to earn a living for both him and his family? That he's not enjoying that 5-6 figure salary he's getting as the founder and CEO of Quantic Dream?

It's very easy to say that you're not in something for the money when you don't have to worry about making a living. And for every person like him who says something like this, there are probably 100 other people who don't get to say this because their games aren't making that kind of money.

I recognize that he is a very passionate man and that money isn't his first priority, but to believe him whole-heartedly when he's says that he's not in it for the money at all is a very naïve thing to do.

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