As far as Quantic Dream boss David Cage is concerned, there is no one definition for the term, "video game."
According to a recent GameSpot interview , Cage said nobody should be allowed to define precisely "what a game is or should be."
"Some people can be very conservative about this medium and this is sometimes frustrating. Some people wish that games would always stay what they were in the past 30 years, just with more polygons. No one should be allowed to define what a video game is or should be; no one has this power."
Cage went on to say that he wants developers to expand, open things up, explore new horizons, and generally create fresh ideas "where shooting is not the main thing." Cage admitted that established franchises like Battlefield and Call of Duty are great, but his team's latest release, Beyond: Two Souls is completely different.
"Beyond is different. As a game creator, this is what I believe in. And I would like you to try it and hopefully you'll like it. It's a different route and this is definitely the route that I chose in my career."
In terms of trying to convince people that Beyond is worth experiencing, Cage said there are actually two types of gamers that must be convinced: The hardcore gamers who think games are only about shooting and action and "competing and adrenaline," and those who have never played video games, and as such, don't have a full understanding of what a game can be. For them, Cage says:
"They think video games are just about violence and that there is nothing there for them or that they are too complex to play or that they are not interested in shooting. And you say no, video games can be something else. Give Beyond a try and see if you enjoy it or not."
For our thoughts on Beyond , check out our thorough review .