Video Games and Art

There’s been a great deal of talk about video games and art recently, and here’s the latest salvo-
I find it interesting that they’re talking about insiders and outsiders.

To paraphrase a Washington Post slogan from the days of my brief stint there in the early ’90s, if he doesn’t get it, he doesn’t get it. Please understand, we don’t mean this in a pejorative way. We’re simply saying, as we’ve said before, that we “see” videogames with our hands, so asking a complete novice to play BioShock rather than, say, Wii Sports is like asking a four-year-old who’s got a so-so grasp of “Fun With Dick and Jane” to skip the funny pages and go straight for “Ulysses,” “Lolita” or “The Bluest Eye.” Or asking someone who’s got some half-remembered high school Spanish to read “One Hundred Years of Solitude” in its original tongue. It’s a fool’s errand.

Some of the people who don’t understand games- and especially the ones that don’t believe games are art- will read that and say “it’s just not art.” But this is exactly the same kind of conversation I’ve read about modern art, or appreciating museums, or whether movies and television shows are art, and so on. Which makes me think they’re art…


  1. Okinawa said,

    September 29, 2007 @ 8:24 pm

    Video games are a sort of collaborative art form.

  2. minyak lintah said,

    February 7, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

    A video game is an art. Look at final fantasy 7. Thats an art equivalent to picasso’s in painting.

  3. Stephanie said,

    May 12, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

    Video games may not be considered masterpiece arts, but I do think the graphic artists of video games should be taken a little more seriously


  4. Giochi said,

    June 25, 2008 @ 4:46 am

    Games ARE art…not only for children but for everyone. Nowadays videogames are so real that we can practice with Flight Simulator for example…there will be more like this in the future I think

  5. MOin said,

    September 8, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

    they spend over 2 years making a single quality game. and the images the animations all the hard work and the main thing prespective makes it state of the art.

  6. Oyunlar Oyna said,

    January 3, 2009 @ 8:36 am

    I think games are art if someone will really spend some time and create out something unique. This is as we call creative art. Not only for kids for sure, can also serve big boys.

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