The Emergence of Games as a Fine Art: An Introduction

Game Podunk blogger Hatoshi writes, "Roger Ebert once said that "video games can never be art". After all, they are first and foremost a medium for entertainment and only in the attempt to solidify this reasoning is the concept of art brought in. Instead of solely looking or gazing at a piece of work, the "viewer" needs to put physical effort into exploring the realm of gaming thereby turning the "viewer" into a "player". It is through this exchange and the relatively short amount of time that games have been on this planet that brings many to believe that games are naive, games are rebellious and games are not art. However, with the recent acknowledgement and respect for the art that goes into making games, the community of gamers are slowly, but surely paving way for the emergence of games as a medium for fine art."

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