- Jan 28, 2014
My thoughts, exactly. To simply say that a video game has art in it like many in this thread are doing is simple-minded. Just like all the elements in a painting taken together evoke an emotion in the viewer, all the elements of a video game must be taken as a whole to conjure up the same kind of reaction. Without context, the individual "artistic" parts of the whole game have no meaning. Putting them together can have a profound and lasting effect on the person, which is what makes video games art in my opinion.I'm going by "art" as more than just the visuals and audio. It's the whole presentation. Gameplay, visuals, ambiance, etc.. The feelings the game invokes in the player. Some games scare the shit out of you. Some games are just fun to play. Other's are addictive but look like ass. It's all subjective, though. Some people get emotional at paintings, or a song, or a good movie. Same with games. The artform doesn't have to be defined as simple things or a simple label. But, as a broad term, they fit as art.