Well, let’s get question one out of the way. “Do I think video games are art?” “Yes, I do, video games (even on the most basic level) have narrative, visuals and music which stand on their own as art. So yes, video games have art in them.
So that answers your question. Fine I’ll give you the answer you want. Do I think that video games themselves are art? The definition of art reads as follows, “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” Pay attention to those last two words, emotional power. I don’t care who you are or what you say there is no debate video games have emotional power. The most commonly seen emotion that video games produce is joy or happiness, however you to put it, this is present in almost all, if not all video games. They make you laugh or get excited, games just make you smile for whatever reason. This is just what most games do. You have games with huge open worlds like Skyrim that will put you in a sense of awe because of the scale of everything. Survival horror games like Resident Evil 4 and Silent Hill 2 that make you have a feeling of dread, fear and anxiousness, something horror movies could never pull off as well. Or there are also games like Bioshock and BioShock Infinite where the atmosphere of rapture and Columbia is just flooring. I can assure you that I could write individual posts about each one of these games and probably will sometime in the future, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about right now. So yes it is a proven fact video games are art by definition however, can they, should they, and will they be taken as seriously as other arts.
Can video games be taken seriously as art?
This is a short one, yes, video games can be taken seriously as art, anything can, but it doesn’t mean that it should.
Should video games be taken seriously as art?
Let’s take a look at what this would entail. First of all taking video game as seriously as other art such as film, literature, and music would mean being proud of it. How many of you have a DS? Okay now how many of you feel uncomfortable playing it in public, now do you see what I mean? I know that a lot of people don’t have a problem playing video games in public, I play my DS all the time regardless of where I am. The problem doesn’t lie with people that don’t want to play video games in public other than something like Angry Birds or other widely accepted casual games, the problem lies with those who would ridicule them for doing so. The only way to fix that is to have a bunch of people go outside their comfort zone and show the they’re having fun and don’t care what other people think. We won’t have to appeal to the masses if we are the masses. All we have to do is make playing a DS or a PSP or whatever, look as normal as reading a book or listening to music because in reality it is.
But even once we get to that point what good will it do. How can video games help humanity in ways that other mediums have not already.
I here about how video games improve hand eye coordination but what I don’t hear nearly enough about is how RPG’s improve your math, reading, and resource management skills and games like Pokemon are teaching these skills to kids at a young age. This is all happening without them even knowing it. Don’t believe me? My friend is a huge fan of fantasy RPGs, he is a math major and one of the smartest people I know.
If I had a dollar for ever time I heard that video games make people anti-social, I would have enough money to travel around and tell everybody how wrong they are. Yes, video games can, emphasis on can, make you anti-social, but so can, more emphasis on can, movies, books, or almost any activity that can be done alone. How many can effectively make race, and appearence null and void. Okay, okay, yes there is a lot of racist comments in online gaming and gamers are the ones that need to work on it, but multiplayer games do a lot more good then people think. Think about this, in an online video game the first thing that people see is your character, which could either A., be customizable so anybody can look like anyone or B., be a preselected character. This makes it impossible to judge people by appearance. If you become friends with somebody in a game, your mind is naturally going to associate them with their profile picture or their characters appearance, at least that’s the way it is for most people, even after seeing somebody in person. So as far as online gaming goes your associated with whatever you want to be associated with. Because of this, the first thing people judge you by is personality and/or skills both of which are traits that can not be determined by race.
Video games do so much good for the community and don’t get recognized for it. The things that I’ve already skimmed over could get multiple posts of their own, but for times sake I’m going to have to cut off the here. But if you want to see some stories about how video games do good for the community, I recommend that you watch the video Blow, it’s something that a group called Polaris put together along with people from the community. The story about a group of friends playing Starcraft is something that strongly relates to what I just talked about involving multiplayer games. Also, the fact that the person telling the story is represented by a character from the game their story came from is exactly what I was talking about when I was mentioning association earlier.
so yes video games Should be taken seriously as art.
Will video games be taken seriously as art?
I’ld like to yes, yes there’s no doubt about it, I’m a 100% sure, but I can’t. However, I can help to make it that way and so can you. All it takes is spreading the word telling people to really look into what video games can do for society and to give it the respect it deserves. If we do this, games can do even more good than they already are.
myras signing out