Games As Art
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Games As Art

Whether or not video games are art is actually a fairly silly discussion. Roger Ebert is probably the most famous name to weigh in on the discussion, but long term it seems inevitable that games will be considered artistic at some level. What’s humorous to me, as a lifelong gamer, is the argument that the average shooter is high art. That’s sort of like arguing Twilight as high art literature. Just because some games may be art doesn’t mean they all are.

Is it odd that Professor Hobo carries around a ball and slinky? Yes, probably so. Though I did have a professor once who carried a ball to class each day. I think mostly to throw at sleeping students.

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HOBO: And that, is why great novels are considered art.
TREY: What about video games? Aren't they art?

HOBO: No, they're games.
TREY: Why not? They have artistic qualities! Drawings, music, scripts, etc.

HOBO: Here's a ball. Its primary purpose is play, but it is painted a nice shade of red and plays music when I bounce it. Is it art?

BILLY: Some people must think so. People are always buying that stuff.
HOBO: Yes, they're buying them for babies.

TREY: But video games have stories! They take us on adventures to places we haven't been before. We can even team up, so there's a social aspect to it all.

HOBO: What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs?

  • New_Iteration

    Part of the problem is that while some games certainly don’t seem to be High Art, the same can easily be said about some films, novels, and just about any other form of traditionally accepted art. For every fantastic, insightful, thought provoking film, there are a dozen special-effect driven pieces of trash. I would ask then, why is it acceptable for films to be called Art, when clearly some do not fit the definition, while games are judged solely on the basis of those action-oriented pieces of eye candy?