Video games can never be art

Tagged: video games, Computer Hardware
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Posted: 6 years 27 weeks ago

"Having once made the statement above, I have declined all opportunities to enlarge upon it or defend it. That seemed to be a fool's errand, especially given the volume of messages I receive urging me to play this game or that and recant the error of my ways. Nevertheless, I remain convinced that in principle, video games cannot be art. Perhaps it is foolish of me to say "never," because never, as Rick Wakeman informs us, is a long, long time. Let me just say that no video gamer now living will survive long enough to experience the medium as an art form.

What stirs me to return to the subject? I was urged by a reader, Mark Johns, to consider a video of a TED talk given at USC by Kellee Santiago, a designer and producer of video games. I did so. I warmed to Santiago immediately. She is bright, confident, persuasive. But she is mistaken.

I propose to take an unfair advantage. She spoke extemporaneously. I have the luxury of responding after consideration. If you want to follow along, I urge you to watch her talk, which is embedded below. It's only 15 minutes long, and she makes the time pass quickly." | More




I've heard alot of people trying to make sports, such as soccer, into an artform. They argue that soccer is a well balanced blend of intricate rules, freedom and emotion. I ignore them as much as I ignore people calling videogames art.

Thanks for the article! c: It was a great read.


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Joined: 04/16/2010
Posts: 52

So what, who cares, we just play and enjoy. What is art? Two melons on the table or a freaking mess of a painting with mixed colors which makes no sense at all, is this really art? Art is subjective, in my opinion Picasso's paintings for example are total crap, without any sense, they are just few mixed colors, that's all.

"All men are evil and will act upon their vicious nature, if given the chance."
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)