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Journey Dev: “My Dream Is To Make Everyone Love Games”
thatgamecompany (Journey, Flower) cofounder and president Jenova Chen, in a new interview with Mashable, has expressed his disappointment with the fact that as people grow up they abandon video games. Chen’s ideal future consists of a time and place where “everyone loves games” and they are a “respected” medium like film or music.
“Video games have always been a part of my life,” Chen said. “I always played games with my friends, but as I got older, my friends stopped playing.”
“People still read novels, watched movies, listened to music. The fact most of my friends are abandoning games makes me feel sad,” he added. “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.”
Just like what Ubisoft Montreal studio head Jade Raymond said a few days earlier, Chen believes that games have to abandon their focus on appealing to the young male audience, and that games have to become more mature and tell more complicated stories.
“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.”
Chen concluded by stating that games can be so much more than just a fun distraction, as they can help people cope with loss and or even expand their minds.
“These games have more meaning than just pleasure, or just a moment of escape,” Chen said. “There is more power in these games when you are doing it right. I think certain types of feelings can heal and change people, can make their lives better. We want to make positive change to the human psyche worldwide, even if you just think it’s just entertainment.”
thatgamecompany is currently working on an unannounced game that it’ll self-publish.