David Cage – "If Heavy Rain had been a commercial failure I would have left the industry"

David Cage

David Cage – "If Heavy Rain had been a commercial failure I would have left the industry"In an exclusive issue 100 interview with games™ regarding the future of games, Quantic Dream founder David Cage discussed the impact of motion control on the future of the industry, revealing an interesting viewpoint considering the recent integration of Move into Heavy Rain.

“For me, emotion is everything. If you can create an experience that is emotionally engaging and though provoking I don’t have anything against using motion control,” said the game director. “But are motion controllers the magic solution to our content issues? I don’t think so. Yes, it will be a very useful device for many people who have difficulties using the standard controllers, but if we cannot offer anything more than tennis games we are not going to hold their interest for very long. Content is the key to everything. Once you have the right content, you can make it work with any type of device.”

Cage went on to discuss the importance of breaking free of tried-and-tested patterns, saying we need new type of games if the industry is to have any kind of future whatsoever. “If Heavy Rain had been a commercial failure, I would certainly have had to go back to more standard types of games…actually, I would probably have left the industry,” he told us.

“My point of view is certainly very marginal in the industry right now, but I continue to believe that the future of games lies in reaching an adult audience, not the way the Wii does, but in creating interactive experiences that carry depth and meaning, and trigger complex emotions. We should invent new ways of playing to get rid of loops, mechanics and patterns, as well as stop limiting ourselves to ultra-violent themes.

“There are so many things to talk about that have never been evoked in a game; so many worlds to explore; so many new ways of playing that we cannot even think of today, that it would be stupid not trying to go further. If we don’t do it, we will see our business decline and we will limit games to toys for kids and teenagers.”

The full interview – which also contains contributions from Elite creator David Braben, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli and future-thinker Jesse Schell – is on sale tomorrow, 2 September. Order your copy now from the Imagine Publishing eShop.



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  • Danielthomas5

    David Cage wants to work in the video game industry, but he doesn’t want to make video games. He wants to make movies. Does he have any qualifications or training in filmmaking? No. Does he have any experience as a writer? No. Does he have the slightest clue about any aspect of film theory? No. But he once created a couple of video games, and he watches a lot of teevee shows, so that’s good enough for him.

    Meanwhile, people in the real world are not interested in watching a grown man play with his plastic dolls. If they want to watch a movie, they will watch a real movie, not a cheap, amateurish, unpolished “interactive movie” starring polygon models that resemble Barbie dolls. No, Lord Helmet, I did not see you playing with your toys again!

    This is the VIDEO GAMES business. If you don’t want to make video games, then get the hell out and find a new line of work. These spoiled prima donnas aren’t nearly as interesting as they believe themselves to be.

  • MSRROD

    @daniel u suck billy dick and u burn ur sister’s pussy with RROD. are u unhappy that ALAN FLOP mega floped insales..motherfucking suck box 360 owner…Heavy Rain is a wonderful experience. HR itself is a genre. motherfucking suck bot are u unhappy that u have nothing worth playing on that suck box 360 of yours? galo reach –lol we seen how shitty it looks on youtube,…motherfucker get out of the message boards

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  • http://twitter.com/omfgitsadammm adamm !

    Lol wow, seriously? You make PS3 owners look like idiots.

  • Nightshade386

    David Cage should leave the industry. He’s a pompous ass who compares most game writing to porn, when his own “game” has plot holes so big you can drive a semi-truck through them and an ending so obvious you need to be a total moron NOT to know who the killer is by the midpoint of the game. Get over yourself David, your “game” isn’t that good.

    For the record, I own both systems and don’t really see much point in the rampant fanboy fanaticism out there. I enjoy games, and don’t like being talked down to by someone who doesn’t even like the industry he’s a part of.

  • Martatxboxkings

    @night
    HR is one of the best games this gen . you own both systems? every x360 owner says that. when we all know that x360 doesnt have any game worth playing. alan wake flopped–sucky game and sc conviction mega flopped. HR is a genre defining game like the guy said. HR outsold alan flop and sc conviction combined , unless you are going by fakechartzzzzzzzz

  • Adamsucks

    actually u are an idot to even admit that you own that crap box junk 360 . no sane person ca buy RROD box with no games worth mentioning let alone playing

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  • Nightshade386

    I don’t give a crap about what games sold more. The sure sign of a fanboy is that they will change the topic to bash another game not even mentioned in the article rather than debate the game that is mentioned on it’s merits.

    The fact about David Cage is that the guy’s a pompous ass who thinks he’s better than the industry he’s a part of. If you wanna make that comment about MSvsSony, you’re an idiot who’s drinking the Kool-Aid of one company of another and not thinking for yourself.

    Genre defining? What genre? The “6 hour QTE’s” genre? Forgive me if I’m not dying to play any more games like that. What little player control you actually had in that game was clunky at best. The writing was laughable and the voice acting was worse. If you think that’s one of the “best games of this console generation,” I suggest you go watch more “original” movies on the sy-fy channel and give up gaming.

  • NineBrkr

    Don’t bunch everyone up with your narrow view of what a video game can be. A lot of people enjoyed the title. Video games are about interacting in a virtual world in various ways. Playing Mario is in no way the same as playing StarCraft. Two completely different mindsets and both engage and entertain in different ways. This guy isn’t any more pompous than the condescending loud mouths at Turn10 or the living-in-dreamland Peter Molyneux. The VIDEO GAMES business will change and experiment frequently. If change and experimentation bothers you, go hide yourself with your NES in a closet. No one is forcing you to play or even pay any attention to Cage or his work.

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  • Bob

    I’m a PS3 owner who’s owned 2 xbox 360s. I got the first 360 as a gift, when it died I sent it to Microsoft and they sent me a new one. The second one also died of hardware failure, at that point I said fuck it. Also 80% of my friends have gotten RRoDs… Yeah, Fuck Microsoft! I don’t care if that makes PS3 owners look like idiots cause the real idiots are the ones spending money on shitty hardware, more than once none the less.