Are Video Games Art?

Corey Lutz

The idea of video games being an art form is a controversial topic in the entertainment industry. Critics have never denied that there are artistic elements that go into creating a game, such as graphic art and story. However, conflict arises when the question becomes whether or not video games as a whole can be considered artworks.

Film critic Roger Ebert, whose name shows up in just about every story ever related to this subject, is one of, if not the most vocal naysayer on this topic. It started in 2005, when he proclaimed “to my knowledge, no one in or out of the field has ever been able to cite a game worthy of comparison with the great dramatists, poets, filmmakers, novelists and composers.” Later, in 2009, he went on to say

“one obvious difference between art and games is that you can win a game. It has rules, points, objectives, and an outcome….[Stories, novels, dances, plays, or films] are things you cannot win; you can only experience them.”

Do you consider video games to be art?


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