Neil Labute has been extolling the virtues of the game Heavy Rain, praising its innovation and new levels of interaction for players.
In an interview with Playstation.com he talked at length about it:
“The tag line for Heavy Rain is, ‘How far would you go to save someone you love?’ Just by having that message, your final destination is asking yourself how much I’ll give for someone else, how much am I willing to give up and able to do to save someone. You ultimately say to yourself that you love this kid [Ethan Mars’ son] more than you love yourself.
That’s not something I see much of in other games, especially ones which essentially work on repeated actions, beating the clock and stimulating various parts of your senses in a refreshing way, which is why you go back to it.
I like the idea you can also go into a game and actually throw these sort of sophisticated questions to people and find interest in a game which plays with all the aspects that makes them fun and actually has some moral responsibility to them – and also the sense that you’re always doing it for someone else. I hope that games keep going in that direction.”
LaBute was so influenced by the game he has made a short film called “How Far Would You Go For Love?” which obviously riffs on the tagline of the game.