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What is Art?

Jeff writes: "This industry is struggling to find its artistic value to the world. If its even art at all — a transformative subversion of what entails the highly subjective term — or a nuanced form of technology that could not resist branching out and invading other forms of media. People are, maybe too passionately, on both sides of the discourse. Roger Ebert famously denounced games as not qualifying under the banner, while a good chunk of fans and game designers take umbrage with the recently passed movie critic’s dismissive words."

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manageri1182d ago SpamShowReplies(3)
RankFTW1181d ago

Art is when you put some paint on the end of a toothbrush and flick it on to a bit paper, art.

SpiralTear1181d ago

Art shouldn't be defined by any one person. The fact that so many people took Ebert's opinion so seriously (regardless of whether or not they agree or disagree with him) shows the misdirection that the community had in the argument. Ebert wasn't the judge here, since he admitted himself that he hadn't played video games that much anyway. I don't know about you, but if you haven't played video games, then you shouldn't be making such big judgments on them.

Besides, just because a mainstream audience doesn't acknowledge the artistic value of video games, that doesn't mean that they aren't in fact art. If mainstream opinion were always right, then politics, the economy, and pretty much anything else would be criticized much, MUCH less.

MattS1181d ago (Edited 1181d ago )

Well, that second paragraph goes without saying. If the masses got to determine what is and isn't art based on what is popular then Harry Potter and The Hunger Games would be the pinnacle of literature. Thankfully this isn't the case and there are people out there that read and study books that weren't written at a level where people with a lobotomy could understand what was going on.

The issue that this article speaks to (and I agree with) is that the games industry doesn't really have an academic culture that is studying games. Mostly, one suspects, because the medium is so new, but the amount of academic literature out there focused on games is either very underdeveloped (phd paper-quality rather than a piece written by a life-long academic), or just non existent.

I do think it will only take time before that changes, but until it does the argument about the artistic merit of games is going to be very primitive.

Timesplitter141181d ago

nothing more than a miserable little pile of whatever you want

Wni01181d ago

Omg timesplitters fuckkkkkk.

Wni01181d ago

It is art, because almost everything is... videogames just aren't very good right now, (compared to film or fine art,) but they will get there in a few years.

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