Nightmare Mode reports on David Cage's thoughts on games being fun, as well as his thoughts on the industry not actually being mainstream.
just give me your next game already!!
David Cage you are absolutly 100% right. I am so glad that there are developers such as yourself who are so willing to go on record making unpopular but incredibly accurate assesments of state of what we call " games ". You sir have thrown the parchment of convention out the window, slapped the old guard in the face and rewrote the tome for an entire industry. What a vision Heavy Rain was. Where to start. So much of it haunts my waking hours to this very day. If I had to choose only three moments to define your opus they would be as follows. The moment when Ethan Mars "jumps" from the roof of the motel. The thrilling scene where the afore mentioned Ethan "races" down the road trying to aviod an accident. The third would be when Scott Shelby heroicly "shoots" 25 guards.
Wow. Now THATS sarcasm. Dunno who pissed in your cereal this morning, but Heavy Rain was a very unique game with an awesome story, and I would gladly buy anything Cage makes.
Yeah, I liked Heavy Rain. Quite a bit actually. I think David Cage is very talented, without a doubt I will play whatever comes next. I just find his media persona hilarious. This interview was pretty tame by Cage standards. He normally takes intellectual hyperbole to the next level. Always love to hear him.
There are a few games that i can only describe as "fun". The game that stands out to me the most in this regard is Red Faction: Armagedon. As soon as i finihsed it, a few freinds asked how it was, my answer was "it was fun" thats about the best way to describe it. It wasnt great or bad at anything really it was just a lot of fun to play!
Okay, I read the article, but it's the title that I want to comment on... "Games should be more than fun" While I think that games are primarily there to be fun and enjoyable to the person playing it, I think that it'd also be nice if more games were thought provoking. I can't think of many, mind you. There's final fantasy... They've always tried to tie the story in with some themes that can relate to real feelings people have (maybe not on a day to day basis)when you really ponder life's questions, these games are good at engaging with the player in the way books do to drop messages around for keen people to pick up on. I also like how in call of duty games they give you an inspirational quote from a famous person every time you die. I liked that because I often found myself not even paying attention to what was happening in the game's story because I read a quote that just hit the nail right on the head. I suppose if you took a step back, any game that gives you good/bad choices makes you think about what makes a person good or bad. There's infamous, elder scrolls games, dragon age, mass effect (less so in ME). I'm sure there's loads of other games like that that have given gamers something to mull over in their head. If you can think of any more, let me know.
"My thoughts are, what about adults, what about all the people who don’t play because they have no interest in shooting other people? We’re pushing the whole market into a niche." To the stereotypical gamer, anyone who plays a game devoid of gore/nudity/vulgarity/complica ted button configurations = casual and worthy of his scorn.
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