Thatgamecompany: “Gamers are not stupid”

Thursday, 29th September 2011 04:05 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Thatgamecompany’s Kellee Santiago has said the industry underrates gamers intelligence by pumping out identical games all the time.

“Gamers are not stupid, and I don’t think we should treat them like they are,” the studio co-founder told Gamasutra, responding to a suggestion that publishers have an inaccurate idea of what gamers want.

Santiago said there’s no divide between hardcore gamers and those who enjoy “intelligent” games

“People think that our games are for some weird subset of experimental gamers,” she said.

“We’ve been very successful on the PlayStation Network, and we’re talking about the PlayStation 3 audience. That’s like as pretty hardcore a gaming audience as you can get.”

Having said that, Santiago did claim that the company’s fanbase is composed of “literate” gamers – although with an unusual definition of the word.

“The PlayStation Network audience has been really great to us, because they’re very, what I think of as ‘literate gamers.’

“They play everything. They read about games. They talk about games in a very literate way, and are looking for that new experience.”

As well as a thirst for unusual experiences, the developer said there’s a market for games which can be shared with family members and non-gamers but aren’t dumbed down.

Thatgamecompany is responsible for Flow, Flower and the upcoming Journey.

Thanks, IndieGames.



  1. Eregol

    Should have said ‘The majority of gamers aren’t stupid’
    As you look at the clamour for Modern Warfare 3 considering there’s no proper say on what it’s like, with 3 different developers on it, and the sheep still go mental.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Dannybuoy

    I see David Cage has just said something similar. I agree that we need more innovation in games. There too much me-too games these days. But it’s all about bottom line so devs are less likely to take risks on un known IP which is a shame as I’m sure there are some amazing ideas out there that never see te light of day.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. LOLshock94

    the battlefield and cod community are stupid

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Fin


    No proper say? Ur, apart from all the previews and preview events and such.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Cheesypeas

    I don’t understand :/

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Joe_Gamer

    “That’s like as pretty hardcore a gaming audience as you can get”

    Talks about “literate” gamers while using the vernacular of a second rate “valley-girl” >.>

    #6 3 years ago

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