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Are Video Games Art?

I’m pretty sure we’ve both experienced some thought about the relation between art and video games. I have always thought of games as an art form. Not because of the beautiful aesthetics of a game, but because of the immersive gameplay. I thought that art was considered anything that leads to an emotional or passionate response, and I always felt that way about games. What about you?

In this video, I ask you one question: Are Video Games Art? I go through both arguments so you can piece together your own opinion.

After watching the video, fill out this poll: http://goo.gl/argm3Y

We’ll discuss the results next week.

Jennie Bharaj

References:

Crawford, Chris, Chris Crawford on Interactive Storytelling (2nd Edition), New Riders, 2nd Edition, 2012.

 Games Now Legally Considered an Art Form (in the USA). In The Escapist. Retrieved September 30, 2014, from http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/109835-Games-Now-Legally-Considered-an-Art-Form-in-the-USA

 Video Games Can Never Be Art. In Roger Ebert Journal. Retrieved September 30, 2014, from http://www.rogerebert.com/rogers-journal/video-games-can-never-be-art

 Journey Collector’s Edition Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dkUjQezczs

 Shadow of the Colossus HD: Japanese Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8qcMx6Y1Qc

 Braid Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqtSKkyJgFM

 Last of Us Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaOWRvmtEFQ

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