Video Games and Art

After being inspired by Dr. Strangelove’s recent post on his blog abput video games and their worth to western society, I have decided to write about a subject very dear to my heart.

There is a raging debate that seems to pop up every few years about whether or not video games are to be considered art. Recently this debate was fueled by Roger Ebert’s words on the subject. He believes that not only are video games not art, but no gamer alive today will live long enough to see them become art.

My own opinion on this matter is that video games are in fact art, but to be fair my opinion would be a little biased. I’m a 22-year old male, with some disposable income and who has been playing video games for his entire life. However, the bigger debate might not be whether video games are art or not, but what exactly consitutes art in the first place

Video games are an entertainment medium, created to elicit emotions out of its users, and when done correctly can be as immersive or compelling as any other entertainment mediums, including movies, television, literature and music. Now to be fair, I don’t find some games as appealing as others, just as I personally don’t enjoy certain genres of music, or movie. But that doesn’t mean I don’t consider those particular songs or movies not art.

If I find something to be beautiful to look at, well written, and emotionally compelling, I consider that to be art, no matter the medium.


About iamthegame13

Current student in Dr. Strangelove's New Media class at the University of Ottawa.
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