Chen Wants Games To Be Respected By All Ages And Genders
Well, it's a noble dream, anyway.
Thatgamecompany boss Jenova Chen is saddened that people tend to grow up and leave video games behind. He'd rather the industry was a "respected" entertainment medium like film or music, and then maybe people would remain interested for the majority of their lives.
During a recent Mashabale interview, Chen said that while games have always been a part of his life, a lot of his friends have stopped playing.
"People still read novels, watched movies, listened to music. The fact most of my friends are abandoning games makes me feel sad. How can I help video games not just be for kids, and respected from people of all ages and genders? My dream is to make everyone love video games."
Chen continued by saying that most games still cater to a young male audience and if gaming is to progress, it has to become "healthy." It's up to developers to produce such productions:
"Look at the genres women like: a romantic comedy game doesn't exist. Few examples of a documentary game exist," Chen said. "What is the equivalent of a real drama game? They don't exist. Emotion with that complexity for a more mature, older audience are necessary to make medium like video games healthy, so it can be highly respected like the film industry."
Given games like Flower and Journey, we'd say Chen knows what he's talking about. He's obviously someone who wants to see video games offer more in the way of diverse entertainment and we're all for that. We need more people like this in the industry, that's for sure.
4/17/2014 10:33:28 AM Ben Dutka