Jaffe defends 'artless' videogames, "some of us LIKE" it that way

Developers have no duty to make games that are "art", says God of War creator David Jaffe.

Writing on his blog, Jaffe took aim at unspecified journalists who routinely criticise games for lacking "deeper artistic sensibilities, deeper stories, meaningful mature views of the world, or more realistic portrayals of women."

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dangert122885d ago

What games are lacking in an artistic way? :S
I mean i see a different art in everygame
Ratchet and clank
:S weres the artless games

SnuggleBandit2885d ago (Edited 2885d ago )

Ya, but as a follewer of his blog, he also says that he LOVES games that are artsy, for example flower.

He just doesnt think every game NEEDS to be a profound experience like that

Dark General2885d ago

Exactly. It's just like exploitation flicks, while yeah the are often ludicrous and they aren't everyone's cup of tea (I personally love them) not every movie needs to be a There Will be Blood, A clockwork Orange or Requiem for a dream. Variety is the spice of life.

DelbertGrady2885d ago (Edited 2885d ago )

Quantum Theory.

@dchalfont - He looks like a gnome. :)

Downtown boogey2885d ago

R&C and Bayonetta aren't even trying to make you feel anything: They're just plain fun. CoDs actually do have emotional components, especially the early ones.

TEFL0N_D0N_812885d ago (Edited 2885d ago )

Don't get me wrong, I love video games pretty much from all genres. But not all video games (including some arcade games) would I consider "art". I'll take a stab at a few:

1) Dominoes, Spades
2) Any simulator game (simulation is not creation)
3) 1 vs 100
4) Hannah Montana's sing along games.
5) Any crappy movie based video game (most of them)
6) Any game that starts with "Cabela's".

nuff said. What art do you see in the list? It's cool to disagree, but please explain.

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All_4_One2885d ago

Keep in mind, Jaffe has never been about focusing on having a deep artistic value. There are a couple old documentaries and interviews scattered about where he says he always wanted to get that hollywood, action, blocbuster feel of a movie into a game, that`s always been his focus as I remember. Now, I`m sure he still appreciates art in games, his GOTY last year was Flower.

Kleptic2885d ago

overall I think he is talking more about how the game plays, not just how it looks...he has always had a great eye for atmosphere, which used to be the only 'art' factor noticed for a video game...TM Black is exactly that; coming at a time where strong atmosphere was almost unheard of in a video game...but now for a game to be 'artistic' has to be completely different, especially gameplay wise...and I guess that is what he means...the industry is so much bigger now, and so much more money is involved, that developers have pressures to build games that play entirely different than anything else...which is what he is saying he will avoid...Twisted metal will 'play' similar to TM games in the past...and I agree with him, a lot of us want it that way...

Downtown boogey2885d ago

"overall I think he is talking more about how the game plays, not just how it looks"

Not reading any further because you thought wrong :/

Nihilism2885d ago (Edited 2885d ago )

[email protected] that photo, that's one of those photos you would find of yourself in years to come and rip it up hoping no one else would ever see it, just damn, get a chin and a tan you beady eyed F***


Yeah when people are pissed, it makes you pay attention, this photo looks like he should have a school uniform on complete with matching hat.

jetlian2885d ago

was more interrested in the photo. he looks better when he's mad

MGRogue20172885d ago (Edited 2885d ago )

... jajajajajajajaja, He looks retarded. :P

But in real life, He looks normal..

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Corrwin2885d ago

I love Shadow of the Colossus, Flower, Heavy Rain.

But sometimes I just wanna play Doom.

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