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Heavy Rain: Playable Demo, Future Episodes Confirmed

We know a lot of you are looking forward to Heavy Rain and we've got good news: despite the branching storylines contributing to the longevity of the experience, Quantic Dream will give you more reasons to keep the game.

In other words, no trading it in once you complete it. According to what executive producer Guillaume de Fondaumiere told Joystiq, more episodes will be on the way after the game launches in February. But first of all, Fondaumiere talks about the difficulty of promoting a game such as this, simply because "it's difficult for people to understand what it is unless they experience it." This is why the developers plan to give the audience a playable demo at some point, so they can "see and experience for themselves how different and unique this experience is." And is he worried about the possibility that a demo might show the unconventional gameplay to a host of unsatisfied gamers? Nope. He says the control scheme is "quite intuitive" and he's "not too concerned" about the reception. As for his final words:

"Buy the game, don't sell it. Keep it to yourself. You'll need it to continue and experience more episodes in the months following the launch of the game."

That's a plenty good indication that Quantic is already working on DLC, which at this point, may be ready to go not long after the game's release. We're so psyched about this game, it's hard to put it into words...but let's just say that we honestly hope the market will permit such an innovative title to succeed. If that is to happen, some gamers who aren't totally convinced will just have to take a chance. Do everyone a favor and at least play that demo when it comes out!

Related Game(s): Heavy Rain

12/16/2009 10:47:56 AM Ben Dutka

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Deleted User []
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 11:08:59 AM
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Fantastic! Can't wait to try it out. The words Demo and Heavy Rain together has my mouth watering.

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Lemon_Saint
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 11:16:48 AM
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Super Excited for this ... cannot wait til it comes out!

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OtisFeelgood
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 11:43:41 AM

I second that.

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Bugzbunny109
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 9:42:26 PM

Thumbs down??? WTF?!

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Feregrin
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 11:40:15 AM
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"That's a plenty good indication that Quantic is already working on DLC..."

What the hell's up with that? Unless there is some storage issues that kinda stuff should be added to the game -before- release. I mean come on. DLC is something they should be thinking about months after release.

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Kr3sn1k
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 3:23:09 PM

actualy im gona have to go against u there do u realy want to have to wait another 3-4 months maybe more for the game to get released...

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noshownogo
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 11:40:26 AM
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Still a skeptic about this title so let's see if the demo can win me over. Mind you, other demos have managed to do just that and force me to fork over $60

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Jalex
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 11:54:35 AM
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I already know I'll be purchasing this as soon as it releases, so a demo will simply serve to tide me over until I can do so.

And I'm particularly excited to hear that Quantic Dream will be taking advantage of downloadable content capabilities, since they'll surely utilize it to expound plot and further character development (which has been an oft missed opportunity thus far).

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evilla_30
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 12:03:12 PM
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Always looking for a game that has a good replay value. With twenty different endinds and extra DLC, the story will always be fresh. Can't wait!

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 12:09:01 PM
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im probably most excited for GOW3 in 2010 but this game im definitely on edge for! This game looks great cant wait!

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Hezzron
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 12:28:57 PM
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I'll probably get virtually tarred and feathered over this here, but here it goes...

Am I the only one that thinks this looks like a dull walking/talking simulator? It seems the developers would be more interested in making a movie than an actual game with gameplay. And the box cover is basically folder paper!.....zzzzzzzzzzz....I don't know, man.

I love all kinds of games, so I hope I'm wrong. But I fear the people who are a little disappointed over UC2 sales, are gonna have to break out the Prozac to get over this one.



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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 2:05:00 PM

trust me you will not be disappointed by this game. i felt the same way about indigo prphecy and that was made by the same people. it was one of the best game i've ever played. trust me this game will be great

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Orvisman
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 3:20:23 PM

I agree on one point. If U2 can't sell one million here in the U.S., what chance does this game have?

That said, this is one of my most wanted games of 2010.

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 3:34:34 PM

well right now uncharted 2 is @ 1.7 million. that's nothin to sneeze @.

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 7:14:38 PM

correction. uncharted 2 is @ 1.95 million.

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LividFiction
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 10:29:33 AM

That's worldwide, Cochise. It's 537,000 in the U.S.

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coverton341
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 12:42:01 PM
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DAMMIT!

GT5
GOW3
FFXIII
Heavy Rain
Alan Wake
WKC
Star Ocean

I'm going to be so broke next year.

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ohmikkie
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 1:00:17 PM

know the feeling

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Oxvial
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 12:50:41 PM
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people that want the game industry to grow must give a chance to this game and download the demo.

or we would end having 5 fps games per month with no sp.

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coverton341
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 1:54:03 PM

You must not have gotten the memo about that already happening. Let's all gear up for January with Marine Assault, Brothers in Duty, Sure Shot Sniper Extraordinaire, Old West Shoot Out, and Bullets (Now in First Person).

All joking aside though you are right. The industry screams for innovation and then something wholly different hits the radar and people are whining about it. I mean it's like people are basically saying, "We want innovative games that challenge the way we think about games but we don't want them to branch out too far from what we like, well actually we just want some FPS games that have better guns and graphics and an innovative cover system."

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Kowhoho
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 3:11:21 PM

Also coming next year:

Asian Fighter
Criminals
Magic City Man

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Alienange
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 1:03:32 PM
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I don't know how "different" this is going to be when it features such "innovations" as waiting for the microwave and twisting the controller to turn a door knob. The story had better be friggin epic because the gameplay is starting to sound tedious.

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 2:11:57 PM

this game will be good. i assure you. you have to play it to see it. the story will be very epic.

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Alienange
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 4:17:04 PM

Who are you now? You're assuring me? We're talking $60 here. I don't think I'll buy based on some random assurance. But thanks for caring.

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 4:49:08 PM

what's with the hostility? your 60 bucks will be well spent. try playing indigo prophecy. you can find it for about 15 bucks, and then we'll see if you change your stance.

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Alienange
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 5:41:28 PM

How about you read some of the hands-on articles that have been published on the net and see whether or not "helping your wife with the chores" and "putting your kid to bed" are fun game mechanics. It doesn't sound fun and the in game footage doesn't look fun. Not to me anyway.

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 5:49:54 PM

to each his own i guess. just know when this game comes out you'll definitely be missing out on an instant classic. like i said before try out indigo prophecy it's made but quantic dreams. they're suppsed to be similar. just try it you won't regret it.

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tlpn99
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 1:11:41 PM
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Episodes as in Siren Blood Curse ? Or does it mean like extra dlc ?
Looking forward to this one all the same. As you said Ben I think it's deffo a keeper for sure.

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Imagi
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 1:17:28 PM
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Eagerly awaiting this, may have to replay Fahrenheit (aka Indigo Prophecy) over the silly season.

I still have my fears that when the kids get hold of it, they will just be a little too immature and not understand/connect with the game, its charters and write it off.

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sniperflash
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 1:24:50 PM
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well im iffy ill deff give it a good try casue i played fallout and played it like call of duty i did no role playing at all i used to play zelda but never that many role players untill my brother in law showed me what all i could do if i just opened my eyes and looked around at every thing in fallout and im a sucker for those now so i think im deff gonna give the demo a try and see what it is like

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Streets_74
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 1:54:19 PM
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I have been peeking in on this game from time to time I already know I will buy it so I try not to spoil anything by finding out every detail of this game before it comes out. Now they have a demo coming I don't think I can resist down loading this one.

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Naztycuts
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 2:28:00 PM
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Glad for the demo but after seeing the numbers for UC2 sales I'm kind of concerned, I'm buying the game regardless because Indigo Prophecy was the sh**, but if Heavy Rain "flops" will Quantic Dream be in the unemployment line? Or are they First party like Naughty Dog? I'm leaning towards 3rd party but i dont know

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Squirreldriver
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 5:19:49 PM

3rd party, they're a French studio (but I won't hold that against them!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantic_Dream

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fadin_illusion
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 4:16:59 PM
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i was expecting some preview or hands-on like all other sites are posting?

didn't u get ur preview copy, ben?

as for all ppl who don't know what to expect from this game, my recommendation is, go play fahrenheit(indigo prophecy).. it should be like that.. minus some superficial beings and weird qte action sequences. this time around they are really doing it good.

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Lairfan
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 4:17:16 PM
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Can't wait to download the demo, but I'm not too sure if this game will do very well. Unless Sony advertises the hell out of it, not many people who own PS3s are gonna even know about it. Plus, a lot of the ones who do pick it up out of curiosity will probably be disappointed because its not another FPS.

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BlackBriar
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 4:34:27 PM
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I have No doubt! this game will be Amazing!!
Waiting is the hardest part......Damn!

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556pineapple
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 4:42:39 PM
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Oh, man. Between GoW III and this, I'll be poor and I'll have low grades.

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geovanwitdakick
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 5:01:29 PM
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i`ll definetely be picking this game up on release date, I used youtube & searched "heavy rain robbery", & it showed a clip of the game played by IGN, & it really showed how unique an experience the game is.

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Squirreldriver
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 5:13:26 PM
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Good news indeed! I didn't even know it had a release date yet.

I can't wait for Heavy Rain, I just hope Sony advertises the hell out of it so people are actually aware of it's existance. I have a bad feeling the reviews will be rather mixed. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna love it (never played IP)
but I'm also pretty sure some people are just gonna hate it. Kinda like SotC with some people.

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Fane1024
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 5:18:13 PM

I would bet that the professional reviews will be fair, but that there will be a mixed reaction to it from non-pros.

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StevieRV
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 5:42:40 PM
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ill definately download the demo to see if the game is actually enjoyable, i know the story will be epic. i might get bored with the gameplay

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Alienange
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 6:22:40 PM

Agreed. The demo is going to make or break this one.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 6:21:19 PM
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Want to get my HANDS on this game
A demo should be fun

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 7:21:33 PM
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Their first game, Indigo Prophecy, was great & I expect no less from them for Heavy Rain too!

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 7:29:09 PM
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FYI, For those still on the fence about Heavy Rain, there's a ton of videos for it right here:

http://media.ps3.ign.com/media/811/811232/vids_1.html

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 7:30:43 PM

Hey, hey, WE'VE got vids, too. ;)

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ffyfe7
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 7:58:25 PM
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I wasn't sure whether they would release a demo but it is necessary to show people how this game is unique. Videos are great but it doesn't cut it compared to actually playing it. I wonder what scene it will be but no matter what it's a day 1 purchase for me.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 10:51:22 PM

OOP's Ben,

Totally forgot, guess a few brain cells in my ole memory card are starting to short out.

My bad!


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geovanwitdakick
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 8:22:44 PM
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the way that I refer to it to a few xbot friends of mine is "it's basically a soap opera that you control what happens. no shooting, no driving, in other words, not the typical soap opera that you see everyday, nor the typical game that you play everyday.i

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Xbox_Killer
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 10:32:20 PM
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It sounds good but I don't believe in DLC.

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___________
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:33:01 AM
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so what happened to the demo that will "certainly" be released by the end of the year?
that got delayed too did it?
huh the irony.
i really, really, REALLY! want this game, (more than anything even GOW3) but the waiting is killing me.

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just2skillf00l
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 1:45:53 AM
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Day one for me! I'm into a lot of different games. I don't need ultra-fast-paced-action-sequences every moment of the game. I tend to enjoy more of a story than just the action. But I love action too, don't get me wrong! A video game is all about the player controlling and taking on a ROLE. So if QD can balance out these two important roles in a game; story, as well as action, it will be nothing short of amazing. This has to be my most anticipated title of next year. Only because these types of games are rare, and when done right, they can't be compared. GOW3 is gonna be epic so I needn't address that issue. Anyways, make us proud Heavy Rain!

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Robochic
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:02:37 AM
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Can't wait for this title. Preordering it this weekend when I preorder WKC :)

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swapnilgyani
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 4:44:25 AM
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I'm certainly going to give this one a go as soon as it hits the shelves here in India.

While buying this game, i know that it is extremely innovative, and thanks to the article on this site, we also know that "innovation can fail" ;)

Anyway, the point is, those who buy this game should approach it with an open mind. I am pretty sure it'll be generally fantastic, but there might also be a few odd balls here and there. Quite a few things in the game would be different to anything we've seen or played before. And some of these features might be frustrating or not quite how we expected them to be, coz its never been tried before.

Just allow this game the freedom to frustrate you from time to time - it'll be worth it for the sheer innovation it brings to the table.

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IDidntDoIt
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 2:29:53 PM
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Can't wait for the trophy list

Add me on PSN

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DeathOfChaos
Saturday, December 19, 2009 @ 3:05:24 PM
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I just hope the DLC wont cost extra...remember Folklore? that game was pretty fun, and you could even download new missions or whatever...but you had to buy them. I mean, they weren't too overly priced I guess, but it was just more of an annoyance than anything. I didn't ever wanna buy a new mission for $5.

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DeathOfChaos
Saturday, December 19, 2009 @ 3:05:24 PM
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I just hope the DLC wont cost extra...remember Folklore? that game was pretty fun, and you could even download new missions or whatever...but you had to buy them. I mean, they weren't too overly priced I guess, but it was just more of an annoyance than anything. I didn't ever wanna buy a new mission for $5.

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Maas8701
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:00:31 AM
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"It's deeper than a movie and not as deep as a novel, so it's perhaps closer to a graphic novel, but of course it's interactive."

That's pretty offensive to films. Suggesting that a films depth is often shallow when compared to a novel is itself a shallow comment. Yes the global tyrant of Hollywood produces the biggest films but also by far the worst films. Look at any film by Godard, Bunuel, Lynch, early Scorsese and tell me these films are not art and "deep". The fact is modern video games have replaced 1920's pulp. There are nameless, spewing out the same experiences with different settings.

It is true that video games can offer more, and in some circumstances art can be pulled from pulp. In pulp fiction "Do androids dream of electric sheep" created Blade Runner and in Video Games we have the likes of Final Fantasy 7. However one advantage I think video games have over films is their length, and that intern puts them in a category similar to a television show. If television shows can create the modern American novel (The Wire) comparable to Dickens and Dostoevsky then video games can equally fill this criteria.

This is what I want from Video Games and perhaps Heavy Rain is another stepping stone toward this goal. Games have the length of a novel and have the freedom of direction like no other TV show. Creating something "deep" is not just simply creating an interesting story and characters it is the transformation from low culture pulp to high culture. It is the ability to distinguish itself from the masses and have the creative/auteur ability to say something, whether it delves in politics, psychoanalysis, society or philosophy is irrelevant, but it must say something.

Don't get me wrong I love playing as mindless marine killing aliens but if Video Games wants to be taken seriously it must have more. I really hope Heavy Rain succeeds in this or at least allows other creators to produce similar games.

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