Beyond: Two Souls writer David Cage has spoken out regarding the maturity of the games industry in his keynote speech at this year’s DICE Summit. He warned of an industry that wants to grow up, but thanks to stagnation in sales – the same franchises dominating the charts year-in, year-out – such coming of age will not happen. The video of his lecture is now available, we’ve got it below.
Cage also cautioned a lack of inspiration in genres and suggested that the industry operates in just three distinct areas – kids games, casual and violent games – while calling for greater diversity.
He cited gunplay as a key issue, adding that shooting in games has become commonplace and unimaginative. I interviewed Cage last year and we spoke at length about this issue here.
He called for reflection, and for developers to assess how best to move forward in breaking the monotony going forward into the next generation. You can watch the whole discussion here:
What do you think?