David Cage, the man behind Heavy Rain and the forthcoming Beyond: Two Souls, has taken a pop at the video games industry and the way it’s got stuck making essentially the same game over and over again.
Cage made his case during a talk at the DICE Summit, as reported by VentureBeat. He offers nine ways in which developers and publishers could improve the industry.
I like Cage and his approach to making games. I also think he speaks a lot of sense in trying to convince other developers not to pay safe but to instead push the boundaries of what video games can and ought to be.
However, his assertion that the games industry is failing to grow up or evolve when other industries are doing is a little contentious. Indeed Hollywood seems to be trending towards more action-packed dumbed-down fare, while booksellers are content with imitating the latest big hit, be it Dan Brown, Twilight, or Fifty Shades Of Grey. So the games industry is not alone in needing to evolve.