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Dan Houser displeased by casual gaming

May 8, 2008

I would imagine, given that he co-wrote the media’s current super-darling, Grand Theft Auto IV. From reading this interview here, i don’t reckon he likes casual gaming very much. Maybe it’s his tone or that glare in his eye, i dunno. I just get this vibe from him.

Yeah, fuck all this stuff about casual gaming. I think people still want games that are groundbreaking. The Wii is doing something totally different, which is fantastic. We’re hopefully going to prove that there’s also a very big audience for people who want entertainment in another form, who think of games as being a narrative device that can challenge movies. We always said: We’re not going release a large number of games. They’re going to have the production values of movies. They’re gonna be about themes that interest us whatever the medium, instead of the weird, special video game–only themes that too many people make — orcs and elves, or monsters, or space. We felt you could make a good game and have it be about something we could actually relate to. Or aspire to.

It’s like we’re speaking through him! He needs to fist-fight Shiggs, tea-bag him, and put the video on YouTube to prove who has a better eye for industry progress. That’s really the best gauge we have for that at this stage in human history.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 8, 2008 7:47 am

    I find talk like that ridiculous and adolescent. While I love the GTA games I love me some casual game fare as well. Each has its own place in the gaming industry, and if you think the number of casual games is overwhelming try not to forget that such a space didn’t even exist 5 years ago, or at least they were solely based on the PC.

    There’s room at the party and I find it hard to take comments like that seriously.

    Oh wait, I just felt some irony pass me by.

  2. May 8, 2008 1:42 pm

    I think the discussions sprout up because some folk in this here industry, fans included, seem to think that casual games are obsoleting the serious games.

    Casual games have their place, but not at the expense of our tradionally-styled gems. So when Monster Hunter 2 or Mario Kart Wii are the only traditional contenders in the japanese top 10 each week, i cheer a little. But we both know that once they’re gone, Etiquette Training and Political Correctness DS will still be there, probably denying smaller devs with greater ideas the exposure they deserve.

  3. May 8, 2008 9:55 pm

    Just because that shit’s in the top ten don’t mean that’s all there is. More and more I’m beginning to find out that there exists a space for all kinds of genres. It’s sort of inevitable that casual games will be the biggest sellers (cue big budget popcorn flicks, sitcoms, and john grisham novels) but there’s always going to be a space for the hardcore games like GTA IV and Sins of a Solar empire.

    Speaking of which, I bought a used copy of galactic civilizations 2 and I’m getting giddy over it.

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