Destructoid - The Future: It's 2010, and games still aren't art

Have you ever played a game so beautiful, so thought provoking, that you knew it was art? Too f***ing bad. It's the future, and games still aren't art.

"But author of this blog entry" you say "I've played Shadow of the Colossus. That game was art."

Nope, not art. Games can't and won't be considered art until we start making games for the sake of making art. We also need to press a cultural revolution where, instead of games being expensive toys, games are respected on the level of literature, music, movies and classical art.

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swiftshot933186d ago (Edited 3186d ago )

Games CAN be perceived as art. Art is something that stimulates some kind of emotion, and the way its perceived is different for every individual. A game with thoughtful stories that evoke emotion may be perceived as art to a certain person.

So why all the debate? Because those games that DO provoke emotion, and that tell thoughtful stories dont ACTUALLY take advantage of the medium. Stories in games (the part that evokes emotion) tell the stories through cutscenes, text, or dialog. What makes video games special? They're interactive. We see text in books, and dialog in movies and songs etc...

So effectively, video games dont have their own special way of evoking emotion or truly telling a story, they say. Therefor, its not true art, they say.

Then Shadow of the Colossus was released in 2005.

Here is a game that told its story with minimal dialog, 2 cut scenes, and all the rest of the story was through the gameplay itself. You were playing the story. And that story was beautiful, it evoked emotion through desperation, loss, and tension.
However, it also accomplished its goal as a GAME: It was f!cking fun as hell, and with beautiful graphics to boot.

Its not the norm, but we are seeing more attempts this generation. All games arent close to being like Shadow, but it is entirely possible and its only a matter of time of when the medium will be taken seriously. The Last Guardian will cement this notion.