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Video Games as Art: Is the Label Necessary

The word “art” is like “love” in a sense that we can all have our own unique definitions and experiences surrounding it. The subjectivity of these words is what makes them relatable and distinctly human. Similarly, the experience of playing video games is subjective as well

The video game as art debate has been going on for a while now. Sound arguments have been made on both sides of the discussion; and one of the terms which have been used to strengthen the video games are art train of thought is the term “art game.”

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DigitalRaptor1411d ago (Edited 1411d ago )

The debate should have ended years ago.

- The Secret of Monkey Island was a work of art back in 1990.
- Shenmue was a work of art back in 1999.
- Ico was a work of art back in 2001.
- Machinarium was a work of art back in 2009.
- Journey was a work of art back in 2012.
- Ori and the Blind Forest is a work of art in 2014.

Games are established and expressed by their art. The imagination and work of concept artists shape a vision. Artistic vision is the key component to what makes art. If something is brought together by one or more artists, it can be considered art.

The label is not necessary, but it's not redundant either.