Rockstar boss dismisses casual gaming

Dan Houser on violence, games and casual titles

Talking to the New York Metro, Rockstar big cheese Dan Houser has revealed that casual games don't really float his boat. "F*** all this stuff about casual gaming," he railed in the interview.

"I think people still want games that are groundbreaking. The Wii is doing something totally different, which is fantastic. We're hopefully going to prove that there's also a very big audience for people who want entertainment in another form, who think of games as being a narrative device that can challenge movies."

Houser also offered his thoughts on the popularity of certain genres and themes, stating that for him there are far too many games based on fantasy or sci-fi.

"If you don't like any violent content in your entertainment, then I apologise because I do. And I've unfortunately been exposed to it my entire life. If we equally got rid of a lot of books that talk about violence, okay," he said on the controversial nature of the action in GTA IV.

He also questioned more generally why games are cast in a negative spotlight so often while film and television seem to escape criticism. An interesting read.

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