Are Games Art? (Here We Go Again...)

A number of notable industry figures, including Tim Schafer, Peter Molyneux, Ian Bogost, and Denis Dyack, were asked to weigh in on the age-old question, "Are games art?"

In this excerpt, Psychonauts creator Tim Schafer and Black & White and Fable lead Peter Molyneux agree that while games' status as art might be important, it's not the all encompassing goal when developing games:

"Schafer's intentions when developing a game are a bit less focused on "making art." "I only strive to make the best game I can, and I naturally build them around things that interest me," he says. "I like characters, and characters are best when they express feelings. But I never set out thinking, 'Okay, gotta make some art here.'"

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PS360WII4259d ago (Edited 4259d ago )

If someone can splash a bunch of paint speckles on a canvas call it "Walking in the Devils World" and call that art. Or if someone can glue a bunch of cigarettes on a piece of cardboard and get 5k for it. Then yes Video Games can be called art as well.

specialguest4259d ago

the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

Ok, it's art.

level 3604258d ago

This is very condescending to all gifted artists and gamers themselves who'ved laboured so hard to provide the level of quality and integrity to please a lot of gaming audience...