Who's Asking If Games Are Art Now?

The London Review of Books! John Lanchester questions whether the medium is "art" for the literary publication, now three decades old, and comes away conflicted, if positive about the present and future of games.

Lanchester, writing in a way that eases the typical London Review of Books reader into the scary world of video games, focuses on a number of bigger, more mainstream games to illustrate his observations.

First up, BioShock. With its thread of objectivist philosophy weaving through the plot, it should be the video game that would convince the new medium phobic that, hey, games are art. "The game was a huge hit," Lanchester writes "and I have yet to encounter anyone who has ever heard of it."

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