The ever insightful Brandon Sheffield has recently posted an interview with David Cage, the director Quantic Dream and the mind behind modern adventure games Nomad Soul, Fahrenheit and Heavy Rain. Toward the end of the interview the pair get to talking about the cencorship of mature games and Cage brings up the example of Rule of Rose – a game, made by ex-Lovedelic folks Punchline, that was withdrawn from sale in the UK due to unwarranted presssure from the popular press.
Here’s what David had to say. I found it quite interesting.
It was a big thing in France. French deputies and Italians and whatever… in every country in Europe, someone came out and said, “It’s a scandal! Look at this game! We should ban games! Blah blah blah.” We heard that. It was in headlines and all the news in France and probably all through Europe.
But in fact, when people and journalists really played the game, it was like, “I don’t understand where the problem is. There’s nothing here.” So the deputies had to make excuses, but this was not the top of the headlines. It was very small, two lines at the end of the newspaper. This is what we got.
So what remains in the mind of people who don’t understand video games is always the bad thing. So we should really fight and promote a vision of video games that are not for teenagers, and we should stop the Hot Coffee thing. All of this is ridiculous.
Have any of you played Rule of Rose? I keep meaning to pick up an EU copy at some point as it sounds pretty interesting. Oh and I also recommened that you play Quantic Dreams’ Fahrenheit. The first hour, at least, is very good and points to a future for games that is totally unlike what we have today. Check it out.
UPDATE: Here‘s Sheffield’s previous interview with the creators of Rule Of Rose. It’s essential reading for everyone who visits this site, in my opinion.