Someone please buy this lol. I can't stand to have it anymore. I don't wear it and the tags are still on it!
Are video games art? I am asking this as I lean across the bar to Sheri who, not even batting an eyelash answers immediately and without hesitiation: No.
I query further. I am told that they are a waste of time. This is true. But I point out that reading a book or playing music or watching a movie, is in many aspects, wasting time as well.
Its not the same, I am told. Perhaps not. However I press the issue. In a book you experience the character through the narative, through a movie you are presented with actors and sets who you experience their world through it visually. Much like movies, books and music there are terrible games and great games.
An example of a bad game:
Much like novel by Tom Wolf, a movie from director Uwe Bowel or a song performed by Smash Mouth, this game lacks any real redeeming value of any kind and should be burned.
An example of a great game:
Dripping with literary goodness of an Ayn Randian nature, combined with a fantastical setting, rich enviornments and multiple ways of completing your character's journey (do you burn or shock the little girl to death or do you sneak around her?), jaw dropping locations, stellar music and a compelling story line this is art. It provokes an emotional response of wonder, fear and exhaltation. This would be equated to: a book by Asimov, a movie by Frankenheimer or a song performed by David Bowie.
To actually /be/ the character in a narrative is compelling as it is addicting, specifically when the virtual world is an open one.
So I ask you. Can video games be art?