I gotta tell ya, David…you might be my favorite person in the industry today but this is kinda pushing it.
Quantic Dream boss David Cage is a visionary who has already delivered Heavy Rain and is currently at work on the seemingly astounding Beyond: Two Souls . And in a recent ShortList interview , he talks about a new level of progression: Controlling what we see on a video screen with our brains.
Cage said he was "very interested in the recent breakthrough of 3D helmets" and he believes "brain control is something achievable for the future." It might give us a searing headache or seizures or something (that's what I'd be worried about) but hey, he may be onto something. Said Cage:
"I mean, we already see interesting experiments in labs, such as when scientists send images to the brain of a blind person, enabling them to 'see.' When this happens on a wider scale there will be no need for controllers any more. Just think about what you want to do on screen and your character will do it."
Cage also reiterated his desire to see less violence and more innovation and meaning, which we've heard before. That, I'm all for. But this brain control idea is just a little too "Lawnmower Man" for me. Definitely frightening. Still, there is one quote of his with which I wholeheartedly agree, as it in some ways echoes my latest editorial :
"Modern day interactivity offers a unique approach for the player by making him an actor rather than a passive watcher, and I'm convinced, with time, we can grow up and give much more than we currently do."
I can't see anyone disagreeing with that.