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Remember Me dev eschews stereotypes, ultra-violence

Monday, 5th November 2012 00:00 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Remember Me doesn’t want to pander to gaming stereotypes and reliance on over-the-top violence, according to creative director Jean-Maxime Moris.

Speaking to CVG, Moris complained that games don’t live up to their potential.

“Video games have become such a formatted medium, but it’s the most powerful medium in the world and it has the most potential in the future. Yet everything is formatted,” he said.

Moris said Dontnod “just wanted to do things differently” and that’s why it decided to avoid the typical straight-white-man-with-a-gun protagonist.

“How fucking stupid is this industry to only bet on those stereotypes? It’s the only thing you give people, they get accustomed to it and don’t want anything else,” he said.

“So yes, our character, Nilin, is mixed race, she is female, her sexual orientation is her private life, so I won’t go there.”

As well as allowing its star to be someone other than Captain Space Marine, Dontnod seems to have wanted Remember Me to buck another trend – that of exploitative violence as central theme or mechanic.

“She runs around, climbs, leaps, kicks guys’ asses, remixes their memories, only kills a few people – and does it all in a game with no blood,” Moris noted.

“We made those choices to say: ‘look you can have something that’s kick ass, something that’s powerful, and you don’t need it to be ultraviolent’.”

Remember Me is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in May 2013.

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  1. DarthKate8215

    Me gusta

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Night Hunter

    They do know though, that blood is not an invention made by video game developers. We actually have quite a lot of it in our bodies. So making a game without blood is as stupid as making one where the walls get sprayed with it.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Neuromancer

    “Remember Me is due on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in May 2013.”

    Is there a PC version?

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Brenna Hillier

    @3 Yes, there is. I’ll edit that in, sorry.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Neuromancer

    Thanks, Brenna!

    #5 1 year ago
  6. DSeer49

    i love that way he talks (sorry for my bad English)

    #6 1 year ago
  7. uomoartificiale

    “So yes, our character, Nilin, is mixed race, she is female, her sexual orientation is her private life, so I won’t go there.”
    I could say quite the same things about Lara Croft. For what I saw, their protagonist is a booby super-skinny assassin. Contrary to what the guy is saying, they clearly want to appeal to a certain demografics.
    The only game that completely went off the hottygirl-muscolarmarine route so far was mgs4, sporting old moustache snake and putting his great old but in front of the camera as frequently as possible…

    #7 1 year ago