David Cage: Games 'need to grow up'

Heavy Rain director speak critically of the games industry

Quantic Dreams boss and Heavy Rain director David Cage thinks the games industry 'needs to grow up'.


Often one to speak strongly of progressing games beyond their currently level of maturity, Cage told Gamasutra that the time is now for the industry to escape its 'Peter Pan syndrome'.

"I think we should have more courage in our industry and take more risks, because I think this is what the industry needs now. I mean, how many first person shooters can you make? How many monsters/aliens/zombies can you kill in games? ... We need to grow up," he said.

"I often think that the industry suffers of the Peter Pan syndrome. It's the fact that we don't want to grow up, so we stay kids. But there is a moment where you need to grow up as an industry. And you cannot keep up with the Peter Pan syndrome. You need to grow. And I think this is the right time," added Cage.

Cage's latest project is Beyond: Two Souls, a game with which he has perhaps controversially said he is "not interested in giving [gamers] 'fun', I want to give them meaning; I don't want to challenge their thumbs, I want to challenge their minds."