David Cage: Games should be more than fun, are niche
Fun. Any of the writers here at Nightmare Mode will tell you that we have a serious problem with that word. It could mean anything, and yet it’s often considered the most important metric when judging games. Aside from this, we here at Nightmare Mode are of the belief that games should–on occasion, at least–aim to be more than just “fun.”
In an interview with Develop, David Cage has proven to be like-minded in regards to our philosophy when it comes to the idea of ‘fun.’
“What gets me upset is when people say videogames should just be fun. Fun? What does that even mean?,” he asks. He applauds his latest game for bucking the trend, too. “I’m delighted that Heavy Rain is in no way ‘fun’ in the classic game sense.”
Cage further critiques the industry by saying that “The problem is that everyone’s doing the same thing. This is the industry; racing, shooting, jumping….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.”
This notion goes against the commonly touted belief that video games have become mainstream. Cage doesn’t believe that games, for the most part, have actually become mainstream. “You’re not mainstream, you’re a niche. You’re a very small niche. You are nothing. Look at Farmville. Look at Wii Fit. They’re both closer to being mainstream.”
I suspect that most people will have major issue with those statements, if only because of how strongly the community pushes against the “casual” market and the industry around it.