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Sebastian Sluga

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Video games = art?!?

should video games be considered a form of Art, not just an example of design? If you cant think of an example of Games as Art, then what would that look like? Who is doing it right? What is keeping it from achieving Art?

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  • Jun 4 2013: What is art? I define art as something that can create feelings. So if you play or look at a video game and it succeeds at creating feelings, then it is art. Some games might be considered art by a lot of people, some might be art for a few, but that's not different from literature, paintings, music, films or any other kind of art.

    There are a few ways games used to convince me of them being art. Sometimes it's an amazing story, like for example the Final Fantasy Series, Dragon Age, Baldur's Gate, Half Life or Project Zero. With deep characters, unexpected but believable twists, an incredible narration and well hidden connections to our or previous times. Sometimes it's a new approach to narrating itself. For example interactive movies like Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy, Phoenix Wright or Steins Gate. Sometimes they do it with beautiful pictures like in Shadow of the Colossus, Flow or Oblivion. Occasionally it's a new game mechanic like in Sims, Portal or Crazy Machines. Or a different style for graphics like in Killer 7, XIII or Limbo.

    Art can be found in nearly everything and in my opinion a lot of games have earned the right to be called "art" a long time ago.

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