David Cage, president of the Festival du jeu vidéo 2008 (Paris, France)
|Born||David De Gruttola
June 9, 1969
|Occupation||Video game director|
|Known for||Director of Omikron: The Nomad Soul, Indigo Prophecy, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls|
|Title||Founder and CEO of Quantic Dream|
Born in Mulhouse, France, Cage is the head of game developer studio Quantic Dream. Cage plays a central role in the company and the development of the games, being founder, co-CEO (with Guillaume de Fondaumière), director, lead game designer, and screenwriter. As a professional musician, he created the company Totem Interactive in 1993, which worked in music and sound productions. He worked as a freelancer musician on several television, film and video game projects, involved with original soundtrack work.
His earlier works (under the name De Gruttola) include the music in the video games Super Dany (1994), Cheese Cat-Astrophe starring Speedy Gonzales (1995), Timecop (1995), and Hardline (1997). David Cage founded Quantic Dream in 1997. He has designed and directed all three games released by the studio: Omikron: The Nomad Soul (1999), Fahrenheit / Indigo Prophecy (2005), and Heavy Rain (2010). Quantic Dream have helped pioneer the Interactive Drama genre, and places emphasis on storytelling, emotion and innovation. Cage has stated, "We want to build on what we have discovered with Heavy Rain. We created the genre. We own the genre, and we want to show that Heavy Rain was not a coincidence or a lucky shot - that it was really something that makes sense and that we can build on.
At the BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards, in which Quantic Dream won three awards for Heavy Rain, Cage stated that "games always explore the same things. They're about being powerful, being the good guys against the bad guys – that's a very tiny part of what can be done. There are so many other stories to tell, so many other emotions to trigger – this is a fantastic new medium, we can do much more than we currently do with it." Game developer Warren Spector described Cage as a genius, and one of the best storytellers in the business.
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