David Cage Awarded the Legion of Honor

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David Cage Awarded the Legion of Honor

David Cage

Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls creator David Cage will receive the Legion of Honor, France's highest decoration, in March.

David Cage founded French game studio Quantic Dream in 1997 and helmed the development of Omikron: The Nomad Soul, Fahrenheit (better known to U.S. gamers as Indigo Prophecy), Heavy Rain and, last year, Beyond: Two Souls, starring Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. It is perhaps not the most prolific oeuvre imaginable, but his work has been well-received critically and France has decided to recognize his contribution to culture by awarding him the Legion of Honor, the nation's highest decoration.

It's likely that the honor has been bestowed on Cage not just for the success of his games, but for his loyalty to France as well. A September 2013 article in Le Figaro noted that while many other developers had opted to move to nations offering more generous tax credits, Cage stayed put, keeping Quantic Dream "first and foremost a 100 percent French studio."

Cage will be the first member of the video game industry to earn the honor, which was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. He will join the order as a Chevalier (Knight), which requires 20 years of public service or 25 years of professional activity and "eminent merits," according to Wikipedia. The decoration will be presented by Fleur Pellerin, France's Deputy Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital Economy, in a ceremony on March 13.

Source: Le Figaro (Google translated)

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I can't wait to see Matt, Pat, and Woolies reaction to this! I'm more interested in that than the award itself.

While I know that there's going to be a ton of swipes at David Cage, I for one still like the man and the games he makes (though I haven't played through all of Beyond yet). I'll also say that this is the first time in a very long time where I'm not going to make fun of France, because they're actually doing something right and worthwhile for a change. I'll get back to my usual France-bashing tomorrow, but for today...hat's off to you, France.

Osaka117:
I can't wait to see Matt, Pat, and Woolies reaction to this! I'm more interested in that than the award itself.

by now they probably already recorded their podcast so unless they make a direct video about it we may not hear their reaction for a week or so.

I'm sure he has lots of emotions running through his head right now after winning this prestigious award.

If only his face were made up of enough polygons to express them all.

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Are you kidding me? France's highest honor? Please no, that'd be like Britain giving Patrick Stewart the Victoria Cross. Please someone.tell me that a video game dev isn't seriously getting the French equivalent to the Medal of Honor.

France must be impressed by how many polygons he has.

CriticKitten:
I'm sure he has lots of emotions running through his head right now after winning this prestigious award.

If only his face were made up of enough polygons to express them all.

Gah, you beat me to it. I have so many emoshuns right now!

I wonder if the Queen will read this and think 'Damn those French! We'll one-up them by knighting our own crackpot game developer. Summon Peter Molyneux!' Because the Queen definitely reads the Escapist.

CriticalMiss:

Gah, you beat me to it. I have so many emoshuns right now!

I wonder if the Queen will read this and think 'Damn those French! We'll one-up them by knighting our own crackpot game developer. Summon Peter Molyneux!' Because the Queen definitely reads the Escapist.

Actually France has already knighted peter. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/70330-Peter-Molyneux-Knighted-in-France Sorry seems England needs to be quicker on the take.

I guess this is the reward you get when you make video games where the female characters get put into creepy attempted rape scenarios on a regular basis. I think the count for Beyond was three times? I'm not really following the logic that leads to a national honor for Cage.

Remember kids, receiving undeserved awards is a failure of the game designer.

...why? Just why? Are the panel that chose this all fans of Ellen Page and he gave them the weird nude model or something? It can't be for any of the games

zerragonoss:

CriticalMiss:

Gah, you beat me to it. I have so many emoshuns right now!

I wonder if the Queen will read this and think 'Damn those French! We'll one-up them by knighting our own crackpot game developer. Summon Peter Molyneux!' Because the Queen definitely reads the Escapist.

Actually France has already knighted peter. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/70330-Peter-Molyneux-Knighted-in-France Sorry seems England needs to be quicker on the take.

Those cunning devils! We'll have to go all out and give everyone at Zynga a knighthood or something.

PrinceOfShapeir:
Are you kidding me? France's highest honor? Please no, that'd be like Britain giving Patrick Stewart the Victoria Cross. Please someone.tell me that a video game dev isn't seriously getting the French equivalent to the Medal of Honor.

You seem to have misunderstood what the Legion of honor is for. Perhaps you are doing a direct comparison based on the name alone..."Legion of Honor" and "Medal of Honor"? Just because something sounds similar in different countries does not mean it's the same thing.

The Medal of Honor is a military award. The Legion of Honor is for either military OR civilian actions. The best comparison to an American award would be the Presidential Medal of Freedom which is a civilian award usually given to civilians but sometimes given to military personnel.

CriticalMiss:

zerragonoss:

CriticalMiss:

Gah, you beat me to it. I have so many emoshuns right now!

I wonder if the Queen will read this and think 'Damn those French! We'll one-up them by knighting our own crackpot game developer. Summon Peter Molyneux!' Because the Queen definitely reads the Escapist.

Actually France has already knighted peter. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/70330-Peter-Molyneux-Knighted-in-France Sorry seems England needs to be quicker on the take.

Those cunning devils! We'll have to go all out and give everyone at Zynga a knighthood or something.

zynga is american.

you are stuck with the dyson dude. and he blows has already been knighted.

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so there is hope for the guise of the wolf idiots in france?

raise your standards france!

Compatriot Block:
I guess this is the reward you get when you make video games where the female characters get put into creepy attempted rape scenarios on a regular basis. I think the count for Beyond was three times? I'm not really following the logic that leads to a national honor for Cage.

Remember kids, receiving undeserved awards is a failure of the game designer.

It's called French logic obviously and it involves emotions! Something people not made out of polygons will never understand.

Hopefully this will soothe his ache from finding out Ellen Page is gay. Although considering his creepy fascination with her he probably knew before she did...

PrinceOfShapeir:
Are you kidding me? France's highest honor? Please no, that'd be like Britain giving Patrick Stewart the Victoria Cross. Please someone.tell me that a video game dev isn't seriously getting the French equivalent to the Medal of Honor.

Well as far as I know David Cage has never surrendered, so technically he's done better than any other French soldier.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and assume not much happens in France, for a game developer to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

PrinceOfShapeir:
Are you kidding me? France's highest honor? Please no, that'd be like Britain giving Patrick Stewart the Victoria Cross. Please someone.tell me that a video game dev isn't seriously getting the French equivalent to the Medal of Honor.

Yes and no. The Légion d'honneur is an order of merit, not strictly a military decoration, unlike the Victoria Cross or the Medal of Honor. It's more equivalent to the British orders of chivalry like the Order of the British Empire (which Patrick Steward holds btw). Victor Hugo and Georges Méliès have received the Légion d'honneur, but so did Celine Dion and Clint Eastwood.

Hero in a half shell:
Well as far as I know David Cage has never surrendered, so technically he's done better than any other French soldier.

The 'French surrender monkeys' joke is getting really old. It's also quite wrong considering their military history.

Hero in a half shell:
Well as far as I know David Cage has never surrendered, so technically he's done better than any other French soldier.

Ooooh that's a good one! That's pretty good.

Anyway, I'm sure every French celebrity gets one of these. Just as everyone and there's grandmother's dog gets a ribbon over here in Holland.

Hero in a half shell:
Hopefully this will soothe his ache from finding out Ellen Page is gay. Although considering his creepy fascination with her he probably knew before she did...

PrinceOfShapeir:
Are you kidding me? France's highest honor? Please no, that'd be like Britain giving Patrick Stewart the Victoria Cross. Please someone.tell me that a video game dev isn't seriously getting the French equivalent to the Medal of Honor.

Well as far as I know David Cage has never surrendered, so technically he's done better than any other French soldier.

That took a while for someone to make that joke. Though just for the sake of adding to it (and making me a damn liar): What's the three step battle plan for French soldiers?
Step One: Retreat.
Step Two: Surrender.
Step Three: Collaborate.

He sure could use the ego boost.

Osaka117:
I can't wait to see Matt, Pat, and Woolies reaction to this! I'm more interested in that than the award itself.

They would likely think well that is wacky France for you... The only reason he is getting the award as stated is because he stayed in France instead of movie operations to a country that would give him better benefits pretty much... Honestly if I was Cage which thankfully I am not I would rather recieve more money...

Seventh Actuality:
He sure could use the ego boost.

Nah he is the embodiment of the word ego... All that is missing is him being planet size.

I'm getting the feeling that the people awarding him this have only HEARD of his games and never actually played them. Because I really don't want to believe that their standards are that low.

I take it they've relaxed their standards for Chevalier since Bonaparte's time...

Well they already knighted Frederic Raynal(Alone in the Dark), Michel Ancel(Rayman) & Miyamoto a few years ago.

Hero in a half shell:
Well as far as I know David Cage has never surrendered, so technically he's done better than any other French soldier.

I always find it sad when we make fun of a country for something their grandparents did 70+ years ago while we take credit for something our grandparents did 70+ years ago.

"Hurrdy hurr, dem frenchies always surrender. If we din't save dem dey'd be tawkin Germin today."

Umm, no, WE didn't save them. Our grandparents did...and waited till it was almost too late. Besides, they had good reason to surrender. They were confronted with a surprise invasion by an extremely superior force and considering France (Paris particularly) was one of the cultural capitols of the world they had to protect what they had. Imagine what would have been lost if they had tried fighting with what ill-prepared forces they had at the time. The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Palace of Versaille, The Mona Lisa, countless other museums, monuments and works of art that they may not have been able to save in time.

Besides, I have no doubt in my mind that today's Americans would do so much worse and surrender far more quickly were we to actually be faced with real opposition and not the farmers and goat-herders we HAVE been picking fights with for the last 50 years. Just look at how quickly we roll over when our cities get hit by a one-night storm (Katrina, etc.) or get 2 inches of snow (East coast) or heaven forbid lose power for a few days.

Appropriate Captcha: Cut and Run

He needs a slap on the back of the head, not a dam award!

(to join the bash-mob)

Crazy Zaul:
He needs a slap on the back of the head, ...

...everytime he says 'emotions', 'polygon' or mentions one of his games!

the intention of France may be right - honoring non-taxevading businesses - but it's still the wrong man.

Oh this will produce some HILARIOUS youtube comments.

The LPs of his games are AMAZING though, there is just SO MUCH to laugh at and make fun of that I have watched the same game played 10 times and each and every time the jokes were different.

David Cagé is the grand master of unintentional comedy. He is the Shayamallan of gaming.

Having read this far I can at least pressume that the forces responsible for David Cage recieving this award are most certainly more intelligent and reasonable than the majority of voices on this thread.

Good for him.

Osaka117:
I can't wait to see Matt, Pat, and Woolies reaction to this! I'm more interested in that than the award itself.

Sadness will be the reaction

While I don't necessarily think David Cage deserves the award, good for him! I'm not a man to deny someone an award gifted by other people, especially considering that I haven't played any of his games and I have no idea about the state of businesses in France.

Well, now we know that France knows nothing about games.

I first read that as "The Legion of Horror", sadly, I was wrong.

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