The opinions on this are quite diverse it seems, and I wonder how you guys feel about this.
What is art and how does it apply to present and/or future day games?
How do we see present day games and what caused this question to be asked?
Is it possible that something that started as a commercial product could turn into something that can be tagged as 'art'?
Let me start by sharing my opinion on this:
To me the definition of 'Art' is changing. The word 'Art' doesn't really seem to have a solid definition anymore, it seems to be more abstract and open for discussion.
This is a rough definition I can get behind. What is a greater medium of expressing an experience than a game? It gives the player the full experience after all.Encyclopaedia Britannica wrote:"A visual object or experience consciously created through an expression of skill or imagination."
Both sight and sound enhance the experience, but it also gives you full control over it. If you ask me, games would be the biggest medium of expressing an experience.
Ofcourse, not every game is art. Just like not every drawing is art. Sure, one can see it as art and the other can't... As each viewer perceives it differently.
Games like Journey and Proteus can in my opinion be easily labeled as works of art. I personally think that Dark Souls is a work of art too, but in a different way: The story behind it. It is perceived differently by every player, but doesn't come through if they don't look for it. But that is my opinion.
But it does bring me to my next point. Games have different ways of expressing their art. May it be through visuals, gameplay, experience, atmosphere or just the story... Or better yet; everything.
Games can be somewhat compared to movies in this genre. Not all movies are art, some are just made to get money out of it. And it's exactly the same with games.
Quite some companies out there make games just to make money. That is why mostly indie games can be the ones you could call art.
Games were made for entertainment, but present day technology easily allows us to create an experience for another.
Games can change your mood through visuals and sound, an experience. Isn't that what the rough definition of art is? An experience consciously created through and expression of skill or imagination?
Yes, I do think games can be art. But which games are considered art differs from person to person. Like not every person understands the same painting in a museum. Which brings me to my last point: I don't think that games could be displayed in a museum as art. They are an experience on their own
They aren't meant to be viewed from a distance, they are meant to be experienced.
So, what is your opinion on this statement? What games do you or could you see as art?
But please, keep the discussions neat. Thank you.