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Submitted by Filthcardia 786d ago | opinion piece

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." (Culture, Shadow of the Colossus)

manageri   786d ago | Spam
RankFTW  +   786d ago
Art is when you put some paint on the end of a toothbrush and flick it on to a bit paper, art.
SpiralTear  +   786d 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.
MattS  +   785d 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.
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Timesplitter14  +   786d ago
nothing more than a miserable little pile of whatever you want
Wni0  +   785d ago
Omg timesplitters fuckkkkkk.
Wni0  +   786d 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.
Brugal  +   785d ago
After playing the Last of Us I respectfully disagree with your statement.
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Wni0  +   785d ago
To me or the author? If @ me - yes the last of us is amazing. For a game. Compare it to a film and its just as good as "The Road" which is a really good movie but not great.

Then There are films like 8 1/2 or Stalker or The Master which are well, masterful - Videogames have a while to go.
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kingmushroom  +   785d ago
Art is everything around us from the clothes we wear to the cars we drive, art can not be pinpointed be cause its always in a state of change.
MattS  +   785d ago
One of the quickest ways to tell someone hasn't actually studied art - they say some tripe catch-phrase like "everything is art".

No. Anything CAN be art, but it depends on whether the artist takes that anything and works it in a way that speaks to the social or cultural context in which the final object belongs.

THEN it's art. That's why some art sells and some artists become famous, and other "art" fails to sell and other "artists" are laughed out of their circles of peers.
rezzah  +   785d ago
Art is anything you want it to be. It is something that evokes emotion within the specific individual.

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