Have you heard?
There seems to be some debate as to whether or not video games can be considered art.
All kidding aside, “Are games art?” is a passionate and oft-debated topic; your opinion probably depends on how you’re defining art. If you define it simply as a work produced using skill, creativity, and imagination then the answer is very likely yes.
However, if, like Devin Faraci of movie news site CHUD, you define art as “something purposefully created or presented with the intention of communicating an idea or feeling” then you may, like Faraci, conclude that games do not fit the bill:
[Games] may be artistic… and they may be used as art objects – an exquisitely hand painted Monopoly board, for instance – but games are not art. The carved chess pieces are art, the actual playing of the game of chess is not… in the end a game is simply a series of rules… If rules themselves were art, the US Congress would be the most prolific artists of our time.
Now before anyone cracks their knuckles in preparation of a strongly worded email, Faraci offers one final thought.
For the people so hung up on getting video games recognized as art, I have to ask: why? Why does it matter to you that your hobby is validated in that way? If you’re having fun, isn’t that enough?
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Correspondent Andrew Eisen met Devin Faraci once and promptly forgot how to pronounce his name…