EG Expo 2009: Quantic Dream's David Cage Finished

It's the last day of the Expo! But we're going out with a bang. Earlier today Quantic Dream's David Cage presented Heavy Rain in our first Developer Session of the afternoon, and we reported live on what he got up to. See below for the full transcript of events, including an interesting Q&A session in which the French developer discussed difficulty levels, player choice, sex in games and his experience scouting for locations in Philadelphia.

Once you're done with that, why not see what we made of the Eurogamer Expo 2009 Heavy Rain showfloor demo in our Heavy Rain hands-on preview? The game itself is due out exclusively for PlayStation 3 next year.

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  • asphaltcowboy 5 years ago

    One last question - "Hi there mate. I was quite impressed with the real-time graphics. Will what you achieved with Heavy Rain be possible on any other system?"



    What a c*nt. Hunam is right, everyone sighed a deep, deep sigh. I actually had a genuinely good question. I think I may have said (rather too loudly) "What a shit fucking question!". Ooops! 8)
  • Hunam 5 years ago

    When the last question was asked it was hilarious in the hall as 90% of the crowd just went picard with a faceplam and sighed. David Cage is a really funny guy and very entertaining.
  • Rodchenko 5 years ago

    Will we all be able to direct the course of all this through a series of quicktime events?



    Will we get other than negative comments on this game from you if we answer your questions?
  • Chufty 5 years ago

    Missed this, it was full by the time I got up there. I do wish Ellie wouldn't do these live texts though.



    I didn't get a chance to play the game, as the person in front of me in the queue managed to crash it and I couldn't be arsed to go back and queue for another machine. However from what I saw it's really interesting and I applaud Quantic and Sony for putting time and money into a project like this.



    It's nice to know that sometimes even console games are not necessarily about MOAR GUN!1
  • persus-9 5 years ago

    What the hell is wrong with me?! I just read the full text of Ellie's live blog of a talk I attended, I'm going insane.



    Also on topic I'm now totally sold on this game, but not really based on this talk but on the other demo level they had downstairs.



    Lets talk QTEs since they're the elephant in the room. In my opinion most QTEs suck. However I'd argue that while some of these are QTEs they have a couple of vital saving graces, firstly they aren't replayable and secondly they're unique to the context of the events. Combined that means you never know what button you might need to press next and you never have to learn the sequence and repeat until you produce it perfectly because if you screw it up then the moment is gone. I played a level involving Norman Jayden that ended in an extended QTE controlled fight scene which thanks to my lack of familiarity with the PS3 control ended with Agent Jayden being beaten to death. Full stop. Crucially that was it, no second chances, no nothing. Game goes on to the next scene so there's no practising and getting these things right and being held back until you do get them right, no QTE grinding, just story that you can control in a fairly meaningful fashion.
  • rotmm 5 years ago

    @Dr_Strange, "If you make a real PS3 engine, then you can have fantastic performances. If you try to port from another platform it becomes difficult."



    It is quite a strange statement though, considering the demo on show at the Expo continually crashed PS3's. At one point, there were 3 of the 7 demo machnes down at the same time.
  • jarek98 5 years ago

    Will Heavy Rain be a blockbuster?

    I really don't think so (but I wish them all the best).

    Will Heavy Rain be a great game?

    I really hope so :-). I love Fahrenheit - it is one of my favorite games of all time. Is it for everyone? For sure not, and the same will be with Heavy Rain.

    But I'm really glad that Sony is not trying to do "just business", but they support developing games that are "different".

    Because of that I could play such games as Ico and Flower. Because of that I will be able to play - and experience - Heavy Rain.
  • GamesConnoisseur 5 years ago

    ^^



    I actually prefers game to be either available for all as multi platform and plays well on any OR takes full advantage of the platform it is going to be exclusive for.



    Heavy Rains will be heavy on storage and takes full use of BD, but to say no other platform could runs its when we all know best PC today take do a lot more than PS3?!!



    Uncharted 2 is the game of the year for me easy despite very slight flaw, (particularly AI where I get bumped into the NPCs a lot!). Heavy Rain I want to succeed but finds it hard to accept that the game WILL appeals to everyone.



    His previous work did sells reasonably great but has a lot of haters.



    However kudos to Cage for trying to do more with the medium.
  • kangarootoo 5 years ago

    "I mean if you want to make a game where the story is more important than gameplay, your writing has to be top notch and that's obviously not the case here"



    This is also sadly true. Maybe it won't matter too much, but it is a worry.
  • kangarootoo 5 years ago

    I thought that was pretty good. I wasn't a huge DG fan after some of the tosh he came out with before Fahrenheit, but he seems more self aware this time around and also very aware of the barriers to making a properly adult game. Whether the gameplay turns out well or not, I am starting to think he genuinely had the gamers interests at heart and this isn't the ego trip I had previously suspected it might be.



    And I'm glad he learned from the whole being in the tutorial thing though. That was tragic.
  • ParanoidZombie 5 years ago

    "the goal is to make you feel something, even if it's not fun".I wish he could stop talking as if silent hill2, project zero2 or call of cthulhu DCOTE didn't exist. What David Cage aspires to has already been done in other videogames, with great success and without making such a fuss.

    I saw the "guy talking to his son" trailer, it was so heavy-handed, I mean if you want to make a game where the story is more important than gameplay, your writing has to be top notch and that's obviously not the case here. If you think about games dealing with the feeling of loss, once again silent hill2 was much more subtle and project zero2 was much more visceral.
  • funkateer 5 years ago

    My thoughts exactly, GreyBeard.
  • charming_fox 5 years ago

    greybeard, i agree, hopefully it'll turn up as avideo later because there ain't no way i'm reading that thing with all those shit 'jokes' after, befoe and in the middle of every post, i wanna hear what the guy has to say not read a load of horseshit



    plus, farenheit was friggin brilliant
  • GreyBeard 5 years ago

    Cage deserves a lot of respect for what he's trying to do.



    I'm not saying people should be fawning all over him, but I think he deserves better than Ellie's juvenile patter.



    I find it faintly patronizing that Cage's serious-minded points and ambitions need to be "sweetened" for general consumption on this site by a steady flow of daft gags and asides.



    I understand Ellie's imperative is to keep people reading, but it'd be nice if she elevated her game to something a little more in-tune with the tone of the title/personality being covered.
  • charming_fox 5 years ago

    lots of things are annoying
  • El-Dev 5 years ago

    Sarcastic much Ellie?
  • schnide 5 years ago

    Just under my name you'll see a link for "ignore poster" - left click.
  • schnide 5 years ago

    Scenes. All this pretention is making my skin crawl.



    Can you imagine how much everyone would laugh if Paul J Anderson held a Q&A session for his latest film and started talking about all the different levels you sat through across the 2 hours?
  • schnide 5 years ago

    +1 Ghost



    ""Everything I did, I did for love." Yet more evidence of the amazing writing in this game! Movie! Movie and game!
  • schnide 5 years ago

    Exactly Ghost, and since only one of the routes to get there can be the most authentic, anything else feels forced and doesn't make the most narrative sense.



    Would you ever, ever be able to convince a crazed robber that it isn't worth holding up a store? No.



    This is why playing a linear story under the illusion of interaction will always work better.
  • EvilBob_leeds 5 years ago

    "and the day to day difficulties of running a leisure centre"



    Big up for the Day Today reference! Now work in a gag about the Bureau!
  • schnide 5 years ago

    Will we all be able to direct the course of all this through a series of quicktime events?

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11:56 By Tom Bramwell

Hello and welcome to the Eurogamer Expo! Although if you're reading this you're probably not actually here. But you know.


11:57 By Tom Bramwell

Just been chatting to Eurogamer TV's Johnny Minkley. He's going to be on Radio 1 some time after 1.30pm today, chatting about TEH GAMEZ with Jo Whiley - so make sure you tune in.


11:57 By Tom Bramwell

He'll also be bigging up TEH EXXXPO, of course.


11:59 By Tom Bramwell

Also had a chat with David Cage. He's going to show us a scene from Heavy Rain today, and walk us through it with commentary.


12:00 By Tom Bramwell

Here's hoping it's the nightclub scene so we get to hear David say "panties" again.


12:01 By Tom Bramwell

The person sitting next to me has just asked if this is the sequel to Chubby Rain.


12:01 By Tom Bramwell

David Cage is sitting on the edge of the stage with a headset on, looking for all the world like a white French male Janet Jackson.


12:02 By Tom Bramwell

His stage name, of course, is Cage David. Today he's going to talk about how he had the idea for the game on Monday, hired a team of programmers on Tuesday, they were making the first level by Wednesday, and on Thursday and Friday and Saturday.


12:02 By Tom Bramwell

They chilled on Sunday.


12:03 By Tom Bramwell

The audience is in now and it's packed. Johnny's saying something to Cage David. Perhaps he's asking for a rewind.


12:03 By Tom Bramwell

We can just see the red fin of hair belonging go Sony PR man Hugo Busstops (possibly not his real name) at the back.


12:05 By Tom Bramwell

And Johnny's on the stage. "In all the four floors of gaming fun we have today, arguably the game you're about to see is causing the biggest stir." Less ladies and gentlemen, Heavy Rain. Or in the original French, Evvy Renn. Cage David all over your FACE.


12:05 By Tom Bramwell

The man himself is speaking now. He's describing Heavy Rain as "an interactive thriller" about four characters whose lives are intertwined by the Origami Killer.


12:06 By Tom Bramwell

"It's not about shooting, or driving; there's no puzzle... Each scene is really unique and totally different."


12:06 By Tom Bramwell

"It offers a different type of gameplay, different characters and environments, and all these scenes put together tell a story."


12:07 By Tom Bramwell

It's about love, emotion, who these characters are and the day to day difficulties of running a leisure centre. Maybe not the last one.


12:07 By Tom Bramwell

There are four main characters. First up is Norman Jayden, the profiler from the FBI. He's been called up to help the local police investigate the Origami Killer case.


12:08 By Tom Bramwell

He has special glasses that display pheromones, fingerprints and the like. He's also addicted to DRUGS. Bit like Warwick in CSI then. [Allegedly - Ed]


12:08 By Tom Bramwell

Then there's Madison Paige, a young photographer who can only sleep in motels. She doesn't know why. Hasn't it occurred to her she might be a bit mental?


12:09 By Tom Bramwell

Scott Shelby, meanwhile, is a private detective working for the families of the victims. He's looking out for clues the police missed.


12:09 By Tom Bramwell

The last character is Ethan Mars, who lost one of his sons in a car accident. He feels guilty.


12:10 By Tom Bramwell

His second son is kidnapped by the killer and he has just four days to find him alive. Not Seven Days, Cage David?


12:10 By Tom Bramwell

"Enough talk, let's have a look at this scene." OK!


12:11 By Tom Bramwell

Looks like we're seeing a scene called Hassan's Shop. Everything will be in real-time 3D. It's starring Shelby, the private detective.


12:12 By Tom Bramwell

"All these actors are real people. We didn't invent them. They really exist." This guy has been in Luc Besson films, worked with Kubrick and was in The Usual Suspects.


12:12 By Tom Bramwell

We are indeed in a shop. Looks a bit like the Londis on Lordship Lane where they filmed the video for Kid Cudi's Day n Nite.


12:13 By Tom Bramwell

Shelby is looking round the shelves of the supermarket. There is amazing detail on all the products.


12:13 By Tom Bramwell

He's talking to the shopkeeper now. "I'd like to ask you a few questions." "My son is dead, Mr Shelby. I have nothing more to say."


12:13 By Tom Bramwell

"Righto. 20 Benson and Hedges then please." Maybe not the last one.


12:13 By Tom Bramwell

Shelby is explaining he has four days to find the kidnapped boy. "No one did anything to save my son," says the shopkeeper.


12:14 By Tom Bramwell

Shelby asks if the chap sells inhalers. The shopkeeper directs him to the back of the shop. He crunches over a spilled packet of crisps.


12:14 By Tom Bramwell

A chap in a beanie walks into the shop. He pulls out a gun - "Give me what you've got in the register." F words.


12:14 By Tom Bramwell

The robber hasn't seen Shelby. We can see Shelby on one half of the screen, while the other is a split-screen security camera view.


12:15 By Tom Bramwell

David is making Shelby creep up to a shelf and grab a bottle. He creeps down the aisle and almost knocks a pack of washing powder of the shelf, but catches it at the last minute.


12:16 By Tom Bramwell

Cage gives the controller a swift downward thrust and Shelby hits the robber on the head. "I hit him with the Sixaxis. This is the interface."


12:17 By Tom Bramwell

The shopkeeper's more willing to talk now Shelby's foiled the robber - he gives Shelby a shoebox. Inside is a piece of origami. "Maybe it will help you find the other little boy," says the man. It'll look lovely on the mantlepiece regardless.


12:17 By Tom Bramwell

"I had thought there was no good in this place, now I see that I was wrong," says the shopkeeper.


12:17 By Tom Bramwell

The scene ends - but that's just one way to play it, says Cage. "I'm going to show you how different the scene can be" by playing it again.


12:17 By Tom Bramwell

We're back at the point where the robber is robbing and Shelby is hiding.


12:18 By Tom Bramwell

This time he doesn't grab a wine bottle. He steps on some spilled crisps, the robber hears and turns on him.


12:18 By Tom Bramwell

Now the robber is demanding Shelby puts his effing hands up or he'll shoot. "He's rude," says Cage.


12:19 By Tom Bramwell

Words like "calm" and "haven't a chance" waver around Shelby's head. They're approaches the player can choose to take in conversation.


12:19 By Tom Bramwell

He tries reasoning with the robber by asking if he has kids. "Yes, I have a little girl." That's lucky.


12:20 By Tom Bramwell

Shelby says, "Look, it's not worth it. Put the gun down and walk away." The robber doesn't take kindly to his advice.


12:20 By Tom Bramwell

Now Shelby's telling the man to put the gun away and walk out of the store. "What do you say?"


12:20 By Tom Bramwell

The robber's beanie makes him look a bit like Craig David, come to think of it.


12:20 By Tom Bramwell

It worked! The robber is leaving. The shopkeeper thanks Shelby for his help, and it's over.


12:21 By Tom Bramwell

Cage explains you can discuss what happens in these scenes with your friends and compare experiences. "So playing the same scene can be done in many different ways."


12:21 By Tom Bramwell

"You have earned a trophy - Negotiator" appears on the screen.


12:21 By Tom Bramwell

We're seeing the scene again. This time Shelby picks up a frying pan. Is he going to make an omelette?


12:22 By Tom Bramwell

No, he's going to batter the man over the head with it, looks like.


12:22 By Tom Bramwell

Except he went too fast and the robber spotted him. He's turned the gun on him. Curse you, robber.


12:23 By Tom Bramwell

This time Shelby's going to be aggressive, says Cage. He tells the robber the cops could turn up any minute. "They'll shoot first and ask questions later." "That's American police of course," says Cage.


12:23 By Tom Bramwell

Shelby can choose INDULGENT, CALM or REASON as options. "I think you're making the biggest mistake of your life," he says. REASON then.


12:23 By Tom Bramwell

He tells the robber to drop the weapon. It's the same line we heard in the previous scene.


12:24 By Tom Bramwell

The robber's not biting this time though. Shelby tries to wrestle the gun off him, and an X symbol appears on screen. Looks a bit like a quick... never mind.


12:24 By Tom Bramwell

The scene ends. "There are really many different ways of telling the story," says Cage. "That's what's special about Heavy Rain."


12:26 By Tom Bramwell

He could have stayed in the back of the shop and let Hassan get killed - then he'd never have been given the shoebox. Or he could have been hit. "Dying in Heavy Rain doesn't mean it's a game over situation and you lost. If Shelby dies, he dies. You will lose his part of the story, but maybe you will get something else in exchange - maybe you will see scenes you would have missed if he was alive."


12:26 By Tom Bramwell

"Unlike in many other games, you never play twice the same scene."


12:26 By Tom Bramwell

"Even if Shelby dies here, the story moves on."


12:26 By Tom Bramwell

We're being shown the Ethan Mars trailer now.


12:27 By Tom Bramwell

We've seen this before - I think it's on EGTV, actually. Ethan is playing with his son in the garden. His son who's going to be DEAD. And the other son. Who might be DEAD. Later on. Or not.


12:27 By Tom Bramwell

Ethan and his surviving son look a bit miserable. Cheer up, X-Factor's on later!


12:28 By Tom Bramwell

GO JEDWARD. Anyway, lots of rain now. Ethan searching for his missing son in a dingy old building. Jumping out of the way of a truck.


12:28 By Tom Bramwell

"Everything I did, I did for love." Perhaps Bryan Adams is the Origami Killer.


12:29 By Tom Bramwell

Cage is talking again now. "It's quite a big game, it's very diverse, you never do the same thing twice, each scene is really unique and different."


12:29 By Tom Bramwell

Time for the Q&A now. "Only nice questions, OK?"


12:30 By Tom Bramwell

The first questioner asks how many different ways there are to play the game. "That's difficult to answer because the game is not written with ways or paths in the story." So there aren't just three ways to play the Shelby scene, for example.


12:30 By Tom Bramwell

Um. A fire alarm appears to be going off.


12:30 By Tom Bramwell

"Or it's a mobile phone, you should change your ring," says Cage. It's stopped now. Phew.


12:31 By Tom Bramwell

"Some actions don't have consequences, they just change the scene, the characterisation but don't have dramatic consequences."


12:33 By Tom Bramwell

Next question: do you believe games can be considered art? Do they have the potential to be?


12:31 By Tom Bramwell

Cage: "OK then we start the controversial part of this presentation." Fire alarm again.


12:33 By Tom Bramwell

"My personal belief is there are two ways of thinking about games. You can think of games like toys or entertainment, where you want to spend some time having fun. That's fine and there's nothing wrong with that. On the other hand you can start to think about games and interactivity as an art form, at least a creative platform... In this situation the goal is not fun, it's to make you feel something, even if it's not fun." Golden Balls for the Wii made me feel something. Does that mean it's art?


12:34 By Tom Bramwell

"A good movie is not one where you laugh or get excited all the time, it's something that makes you go through different emotions." Is Heavy Rain art? "Honestly, I don't care... I'm just trying to do something different." He doesn't care if people call him an artist.


12:34 By Tom Bramwell

A question about Trophies now. "I'm not sure I want people to play the game 10 times. I know that's weird to say for a game creator, but I like the idea you play it once and you never know what would have happened if you'd played differently, because that's what life is about."


12:34 By Tom Bramwell

But yes, if you play all the paths you'll probably end up getting all the Trophies.


12:36 By Tom Bramwell

"I'm sure gamers will talk to each other and will want to replay the scene" to see all the bits. "There are some sex scenes, I'm sure everyone will want to see them." Too right.


12:36 By Tom Bramwell

A question about the sex scenes now: the media tends to fixate on sex in videogames. Mass Effect ref. How are you preparing to divert the media attention from the sex?


12:37 By Tom Bramwell

"As a game creator I have one very simple rule, everything is allowed, no limits, as long as it makes sense in the story and is not gratuitous," Sex and violence for the sake of it is "not right", says Cage.


12:37 By Tom Bramwell

"So Heavy Rain is so much not about sex and violence, it's about characters and emotions... Even if Fox News comes and plays the game and says it's about sex, the whole community of gamers, I'm sure, will stand up and throw stones at them. That's what I hope. I count on you guys."


12:38 By Tom Bramwell

"This is a ridiculous situation. I'm working on an 18-plus title. When you are 18... You won't be shocked for the rest of your life because you saw nipples." Quote of the show, no questions.


12:38 By Tom Bramwell

"If I was a movie director I could do pretty much anything, but being a game creator I got so many limits... Society in general thinks games are for kids... They don't get it."


12:39 By Tom Bramwell

"Then you start to discuss about parents don't know the ratings system, but there are porn movies on cable - if you don't pay attention to your kids, they may end up in front of a porn movie."


12:40 By Tom Bramwell

"Some games went way over the top in a very vulgar and stupid way and we all pay the price for that. Each time a developer wants to do something... He will be confronted by people thinking videogames are about getting prostitutes and getting a blowjob and putting a bullet in her head afterwards."


12:40 By Tom Bramwell

Well, some of them are about that, to be fair.


12:40 By Tom Bramwell

Question: What's the main thing you took from Fahrenheit?


12:41 By Tom Bramwell

"Do we have two, three days for the answer?"


12:42 By Tom Bramwell

At first publishers didn't want to know about Fahrenheit. "After that, I got some phone calls from people apologising." They said now they played Fahrenheit with their wife - a huge percentage of people played it with their wife. Weird.


12:43 By Tom Bramwell

"The technology has evolved... Releasing Fahrenheit was considered a miracle, internally. With Heavy Rain the situation was different, the technology was better from day one."


12:43 By Tom Bramwell

"In a certain way we see Fahrenheit as the prototype for Heavy Rain, and Heavy Rain is hopefully the real thing."


12:45 By Tom Bramwell

A question about the difficulty options now. Cage doesn't want to alienate casual or hardcore gamers. So if you're in hardcore mode, you will use the whole controller in action scenes - buttons, sticks, motion control. Depending on the difficulty level you will have less and less control, until in the very easy mode you play with just one button during action sequences.


12:45 By Tom Bramwell

At any point in the game you can press L2 to hear what your character currently thinks. In hardcore mode you just get the pros and cons and different possibilities, but in easy mode it will tell you want to do, because they don't want non-gamers to get dazed and confused.


12:46 By Tom Bramwell

"Making Heavy Rain, I didn't want to make a movie. I'm not a frustrated director..." So he never thought about a mode where you let the story play out on its own.


12:46 By Tom Bramwell

Question: Will there be a tutorial? And will Cage be doing it?


12:47 By Tom Bramwell

"Please... I got so much problems doing that I will never do it again."


12:47 By Tom Bramwell

He thought it would be like going to someone's house, them opening the door for you and showing you round. "Some people in the community said oh, he has this big ego, he thinks he's Hitchcock... I don't want the experience to be lost in these kinds of discussions."


12:48 By Tom Bramwell

"It's about emotions, it's not about David Cage."


12:48 By Tom Bramwell

How many scenes will there be in the finished product? "Around 70."


12:49 By Tom Bramwell

Why set your games in the US? "Good question... Heavy Rain has a special story about this. With Fahrenheit, the US is the setting of many thrillers, which was the genre we explored, and it was an easy entry point for gamers across the world."


12:49 By Tom Bramwell

"With Heavy Rain it's even more stupid than that. Honestly I was in the process of writing Heavy Rain, which took me about a year, and I liked movies from M. Night Shyamalalanalmalanaman, which are set in the US, so I said why not?"


12:49 By Tom Bramwell

So he and some team members went to Philadelphia with some cameras. "What we discovered was very different from whatever we had in mind."


12:50 By Tom Bramwell

"I discovered the most shocking experience of my life. We took a movie scout, who worked on the movie Philadelphia, and told him we had this quite depressed story so he should take us to very depressed areas.... We wanted to see the worst part of America. He succeeded beyond our expectations."


12:51 By Tom Bramwell

Abandoned bridges, barbed wire, garbage in the streets, kids living in houses that were about to collapse, burning cars... "It's scary. he took us to two families... We wanted to meet people and see poor houses. How stupid is that?"


12:51 By Tom Bramwell

"We were in front of these very poor people and they were very happy to have people from France taking pictures of their homes, and we felt so stupid doing this."


12:52 By Tom Bramwell

They also went to a poor house where the daughter had just died. "The man had a shaved head and tattoos and everybody was crying and we were there taking pictures, and we felt so stupid - like, what am I doing here?"


12:53 By Tom Bramwell

"It really changed the way I wrote Heavy Rain, and you will see in the game, the environments are real... These are real people where real people lived."


12:53 By Tom Bramwell

"People live really across the road from factories. It's something totally insane."


12:53 By Tom Bramwell

Fire alarm again. Brilliant. [Can we either have a fire or not have a fire, please? This indecision is really irritating. - Ed]


12:53 By Tom Bramwell

Next question: You said it's an adult-orientated game, so what do you do somewhere like Australia where they have a 15 age limit? Are you prepared to make cuts?


12:53 By Tom Bramwell

"We haven't had this discussion yet. We have to make some cuts for certain territories, honestly they've been quite minor cuts so far."


12:54 By Tom Bramwell

"For Australia, at the moment as far as I know, they take the game as it is. So I don't know, but I think we need to fight a little bit for that and evangelise."


12:54 By Tom Bramwell

"It's really about story and emotion, not sex and violence." Disappointing.


12:55 By Tom Bramwell

One last question - "Hi there mate. I was quite impressed with the real-time graphics. Will what you achieved with Heavy Rain be possible on any other system?"


12:57 By Tom Bramwell

Cage sighs. "Whatever I answer, my answer will be suspicious... Honestly, I don't think so. I think it had to be on PS3 because of the hardware, the architecture of the PS3 is extremely powerful... If you make a real PS3 engine, then you can have fantastic performances. If you try to port from another platform it becomes difficult.


12:57 By Tom Bramwell

"I play PSone, PS2, it's really a part of my culture. The controller is part of my home... I'm not so much into graphics, I don't believe you need ultra realistic graphics to get emotion, but that was the idea. With this approach PS3 was by far the best platform."


12:57 By Tom Bramwell

"I'm surprised every day how realistic the actors look. I know them personally, and sometimes when I see them for real, they make me think they look like a videogame character."


12:58 By Tom Bramwell

"The second thing, honestly - I thank Sony and I will never thank them again - enough! not again, enough! - because they take risks. This is rare these days."


12:58 By Tom Bramwell

"They have tried very interesting new things with LittleBigPlanet, Flower - I love Flower - EyePet.... Different genres, different approaches..."


12:59 By Tom Bramwell

And that's it. The crowd say Bo Selecta but there's no time for a rewind.


12:59 By Tom Bramwell

Eurogamer's Oli Welsh is advising people to check out the later sessions. We'll be live texting Valve at 3.30, live text / Valve fans.


12:59 By Tom Bramwell

See you then!