More conceptual artist than commercial designer, Gage's work merges the physical with the digital, ranging from arcade shooters
that delete real files on your hard-drive to enhanced chat programs
that show whether you're paying attention. He hopes to explore this divide with more intimate consequences. "I think Romance is a really interesting area for games. There's a lot in Japan, but in America there's really nothing."
He cites OKCupid
, the online dating site, as an example of how quickly people have grown accustomed to computers dictating their love life. "In a couple of years we went from people being embarrassed they started their relationship online, to people having to explain when they haven't met online. I think there's real possibility to build a game that uses [online dating] as an arena... Maybe that's terrible. There's a potential danger. But I'm surprised people haven't gone there. And I think they will."