The old saw "a picture paints a thousand words" rings true for video games. More so for MMOs as the first time a gamer sees the seemingly unending vista before him with other players running around the world can be truly awe-inspiring. Video games to PCs have been what NASA has done for the mainframe; that is pushed it to its very limits; made component developers reach for the stars. Avid gamers do not simply want cutting edge technology, they demand bleeding edge components for their PC.
Video games are primarily eye candy, but is it Art? In the 1920s, critic Gilbert Seldes put forth the thesis that the popular arts of his time were worthy of being termed as Art with a capital "A." Comic strips, movies, musical comedy, vaudeville, radio, popular music, and dance were what he defined as the Seven Lively Arts of modern culture, relating them to opera, ballet, drama, and classical music. It's time then, to add video games and video game graphics themselves.