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Submitted by Lizardfromthedeep 665d ago | opinion piece

Are video games like BioShock Infinite the ‘Trojan Horse’ of future media?

GameZone's Andrew Clouther writes: "The argument has been circling around for some time now: are video games are art? As a lifetime gamer and gaming journalist, I have an obvious bias; my answer is a distinct and boisterous “yes.” When a single person or a team collaborates on something you can look at, hear, and interact with -- something that moves you and makes you think -- and can extract an emotional reaction out of you -- yea, that’s art. Here’s the thing about video games, though; it is the only form of media capable of performing all those aspects at once while adding a new, unique layer that no other form of media can touch upon." (BioShock: Infinite, Culture, PS3)

xYLeinen  +   665d ago
I don't think so.. I think we very often get great games, but occasionally developers outdo themselves and when we get a new great game we often "forget" the previous great game. It's true that indie games often are the ones with the innovation, but personally I play several extremely great games each year with depth, excellent gameplay and a stunning presentation.
Dragonshardz  +   665d ago
I believe he is speaking in broader terms. It isn't much about the technology and how developers use the techniques of genres to convey a different experience, rather the way games are "evolving" if you will, with every generation. Who could've guessed several generations back that we will have an AI partner on our journey that would feel like an actual person rather than a computer guided robot? (also, the feeling of being alone once she is actually gone... that's really something to think about).

As for the comparison with books and movies, well, that's a sore point for fans of either, since they have their own unique advantages as well as disadvantages (though you have to admit that moves and books have been around for quite a while and there hasn't been much innovation in their department... while games have evolved to the point of ridiculous in the last 2 decades). From the three, I'd say video games being the youngest, still have most to prove to the masses if there is a chance to ever be taken as a serious future media.

I believe games have matured quite over the past few years. However, there is still a ton of improvement and innovation to be had, especially in the interaction department.
ajax17  +   665d ago
We need more developers like Ken Levine. Enough said.
SageHonor  +   665d ago
^ This!
pissed999  +   665d ago
It's a very basic first person shooter of wave after wave of enemys and your average indie game has more artistic credibility. Yet another terrible pretencous article.
ajax17  +   665d ago
No, COD and Battlefield are very basic FPS'. This has amazing art direction and storytelling! The vigors are unique and fun too. No wonder you have one bubble. Party-pooper.
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ifritAlkhemyst  +   665d ago
Amazing art direction and storytelling != gameplay. Vigors style weaponry can be found in many games. Bioshock Infinite is a pioneer of storytelling and immersion but from a gameplay perspective it's piss poor.
MilkMan  +   665d ago
No they are the exception to the rule. Notice how after years of COD and FPS galore. You play a story driven, remarkably detailed universe and all of a sudden its the poster boy for success. In reality ALL games should be like this. But lots of specialized gamers like their yearly offerings.
We should always expect quality over quantity.
Every Madden should be like a breath of fresh air, every COD should be a masterpiece, every game we play should be this way.
But not when publishers want to exploit our pockets.
So it is sad that we only get to experience games like B-Shock every 5-8 years.
Says a lot about the state of gaming and more importantly gamers.
dmonee  +   665d ago
I suck a drawing pictures. The people that work for these companies have a phenomenal gift in creating these worlds and characters. Think about what we were playing 25 years ago and what we play now. The detail in the graphics of these games is incredible. The narratives are getting better, and then it all needs to get animated, which requires another talent all together. I suck at drawing, painting, and anything else that requires an artful skill. No matter what anyone thinks, there is art somewhere in all these games. Add to that mo-cap and voice acting, now your into performance art. Art is in the games we play whether we like it or not. If at anytime you thought a game looked awesome or a storyline was awesome or a soundtrack was great or a characters voice over ever made you forget that it was a game avatar and not a real person, the. I would say that the art of the game affected you. Did i mention i suck at drawing pictures

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