Should Console Games Move on to Art, While Mobile Games Take Their Place?
All these touch games - Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Racing Moto - Aren't these technically true video games, at least by definition? Brilliant games such as Final Fantasy VII, Dark Souls,Journey, or Xenoblade Chronicles - What "Gamers" love about gaming in general, well, really aren't games - they're much more.
Of course, millions of gamers would kill me for saying what I said in the first sentence. But think about it. Many of these Mobile games are kind of what Video Games used to be like, and kind of how one would expect video games to be like if you look at definitions and all that. Console Video Games, on the other hand, are moving away from being games, and instead, are either interactive stories (Final Fantasy games, for example), or free, open world experiences (Skyrim, even Grand Theft Auto). Even certain Indy games, like Journey and Limbo. Games like those are what should be considered art, as they can make some people feel the same way they can feel as if they were watching movies with great storytelling, and they can wow you and leave you in awe. Art as in The Arts (Music, Movies, Paintings/Pictures, etc.).
It's your God of Wars and Call of Duties (hehe) that are like games, but even then, GOW still has some storytelling elements involved. Mobile games have a mass audience, the same way old school consoles like the Atari 2600 did, due the relative ease of use.
Now of course, I'm going about the Mobile game industry the way the average hardcore gamer would, thinking that it's all casual touch games with bad controls. There are some mobile games that have a lot of elements that many Indy/Art games have too. But a lot of the main, more popular ones are what I'm talking.
Overall, video games should kind of be split. I'm not classifying all Mobile games as simpler games or anything but rather, as more of a simple way to ease into the transition. Games that have more simpler objectives are what could/should be considered video games,(the same way games with simple objectives like Checkers are board games, Tic Tac Toe is a paper and pen game, etc.)while games that are story-based or forge an emotional connection between the game and the player should be apart of The Arts. This way, some of these great games can get the respect that many Gamers feel they deserve. The only question is that, well, should we call these games that are art?
The way that certain video games can leave you in awe the same way or even better than films, pictures, sculptures and/or theater plays can is enough for it to be considered art - at least certain types of art.