An open letter to David Cage

An open letter to David Cage

Aug 8, 2012

Dear David, About a week ago, Edge published some comments from you on their site which troubled me greatly. Phrases such as “My goal is to surprise people, to give them something they want without knowing they want it” and especially “I am not interested in giving them ‘fun’” set off alarm bells for me. It is perhaps not entirely fair to...

Grumpy Gurevitz: We Play Games

Grumpy Gurevitz: We Play Games

Jun 2, 2011

I call myself a gamer. You probably do too. Indeed, we have taken that term – which has traditionally meant ‘nerd’ – and turned it into something which is more self assertive, something we can be proud of; as we are proud of our community and our common interests. Yet, does the word ‘game’ best reflect spending an hour with Modern...

May Contain Suggestive Themes; Censorship in Japan

May Contain Suggestive Themes; Censorship in Japan

Oct 21, 2010

Censorship and video games have always shared an uneasy relationship. By and large, the industry has successfully  self-regulated, with a few notable exceptions. Any controversy relating to graphic violence or sexually explicit content has been generated by fabricated moral outrage through mainstream media. Japan, on the other hand, still suffers from a more...

Footage of Heavy Rain adapted for Move…?

The video here purports to show Heavy Rain at an early stage of PlayStation Move compatibility. The chap waving his arms around in front of the TV is apparently lead QA tester on the project, and kindly filmed it at home for his friend in Australia. Unfortunately for him, his friend in Australia immediately uploaded it to Youtube, where we found it. Having...

Heavy Rain: Flood of genius or a wet dog?

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD While Ian, whose contribution I have put here first, does not offer any plot spoilers – I do. So I strongly advise you not to carry on reading after Ian’s said his piece unless you’ve played Heavy Rain through at least once, if you intend to at all. So first, the part that’s safe to read: I went into Heavy Rain with...