Is Roger Ebert right? Is Jonathan Jones correct? Are video games mere forms of entertainment devoid of artistic merit? Well, no. They’re so much more than that. Silly Roger Ebert. Foolish Jonathan Jones.
Video games have to distinct themselves as an art form. As fun as heavy rain was, you cant have games that try to be movies and call video games art. What separates video games is the interactivity, the ability to control a character and shape and traverse the world around you. A game that masters that is truly art. Also, I cant help but notice all these games including the honorable mentions are strongly connected with the playstation brand, except for portal. bias much?
Who cares if video games are art? Art is a very broad word. As long as I enjoy the games I play, I couldn't care what you classify them as. I'm getting tired of so many people arguing over whether or not video games are art.
Heavy Rain is less a videogame, more just a bad film. Voicework's pretty bad, shoddy dialogue, the writing's terrible and pretty juvenile (Origami killers and Alternate reality sunglasses), the music's not bad but it's used in such an unimaginative way. I mean, a seriously overrated game. There are elements of games that might be called art: the visual design, the music, the storytelling. But the interactivity is different. How the interactivity relates to the aforementioned artistic aspects might evince a kind of art, but interactivity on it's own I don't think you can call art, and often it's inclusion in games is completely artless.
How Journey isn't on this list baffles me.
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