Sunday, November 17, 2013

Video Games are Art

I’ve never really been interested in video games until recently. I use to think that they were a waste of time and didn’t do anyone any good. Lately though, I’ve been obsessed with playing the video game Halo along with other games and I’ve wondered whether people thought they were art or not. The idea that some people consider it art is relatable to myself. I personally believe that all video games are, in some way or another, art. However, there have been debates on whether or not people should consider video games a work of art. They might argue that games shouldn’t be art if, in the same sense, magazines and other similar objects have alike qualities such as visual elements and because they have such elements does not make it art. I would argue that the characters, the story, and everything else that people had to put thought into is considered art. Someone is expressing their ideas in the same way that an artist would; only difference is that the person expresses it through a video game instead of on paper. Just because someone else doesn’t like it, doesn’t mean that it’s not art.  

1 comment:

  1. It's a fascinating time in art history right now, because I believe we're witnessing the realization of a new art form in video games. Just as cinematography and photography were used almost exclusively for mere documentation, cheap entertainment, pornography, and other base functions in their infancy, video games have largely (with a few notable exceptions) been obvious non-art since becoming widespread. However, just as "pictures" and "movies" became "photographs" and "films" within a few decades, video games are coming into their own as developers and consumers realize that the medium has artistic possibilities beyond simple entertainment. Games like the original "Deus Ex" were first vaguely conscious of this potential, and we're now seeing a culmination of sorts in major developer releases like "Bioshock Infinite". Interactivity holds possibilities as novel and exciting as moving pictures for the early cinematographer.