Videogames and Film: The Art Question

The question of whether or not videogames constitute art comes up often amongst those who are familiar with the literature. The last decade has witnessed the formation of a general consensus amongst the community that videogames at the very least have the potential to rise to the level of art, even if many (perhaps most) do not today. Last year, renowned film critic Roger Ebert created a uproar by proclaiming not only that videogames as they currently stand are not art, but that “in principle, videogames cannot be art.” Mr. Ebert’s lack of experience with the medium notwithstanding, it is perhaps surprising that he would have made such a statement given his extensive knowledge of what is, without question, the nearest artistic analog for the videogame format: film.

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