Clive Thompson of Wired.com posed an interesting question after playing Burnout Paradise.
Is Virtual Destruction an Art Form?
He put it this way,
"Let me tell you: It was beautiful. Heart-stoppingly beautiful." Clive even goes further in the article to call it "physics porn".
This of course exceeds just burnout paradise, but many games currently available, and ones being developed right now, as written in his article.