Poll: Are Video Games Art?

August 29, 2012 -

I’ve got a fun one for you this week, GPers!

“Are Video Games Art?”

Yes, it’s that oft-debated and extremely polarizing question that can make proponents on both sides of the issue soil their shorts in an enthusiastic tizzy.  Opinions are hot on this one.  Blogs have been written, names have been called, blood has been spilled.

Okay, maybe not that last one but I’ve seen folks get mighty hot under the collar arguing this one so keep it civil or I will bust out the Mighty Blue Pen of Moderation on you!

Tucked neatly under the LOGIN box over on the right side of the page is our latest poll which gives you four possible responses to the age old (okay, decades old) question.  Pick the one that best matches your opinion then hit up the comments or email your thoughts to SuperPACPodcast@gmail.com.  We’ll reveal the results and discuss your takes on the topic in the next episode of Super Podcast Action Committee so hop to it!

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen

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Re: Poll: Are Video Games Art?

Before answering, you should read Roger Ebert's reasoning behind some of his dissenting thoughts: http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/07/okay_kids_play_on_my_lawn.html

It is a good read, and a REALLY good opportunity to try and understand why one might think that  games might not be art.

There are only 10 types of people in this world, people who know binary and people who don't.

Re: Poll: Are Video Games Art?

I feel awe when I look over a well rendered landscape.

I feel angry or sad when a character I like dies.

I feel a sense of justice when an asshole villain is taken down.

I laugh when someone I perceive as funny happens.


Art evokes emotion. These are emotions, so to me, that makes games art.

Re: Poll: Are Video Games Art?

Games are art. No question about it. There is no grey area on this topic.

Re: Poll: Are Video Games Art?

Music is art.

Literature is art.

Architecture is art.

Painting is art.

Movies are art.

How can something that's the combination of those and more NOT be art?


Re: Poll: Are Video Games Art?

Strawberries are food.

Spinach if food.

Rye bread is food.

Calamari is food.

Habanero peppers are food.

How can something that's a combination of those and more NOT be food?


(I kid.)

Re: Poll: Are Video Games Art?

Its all art, its all made up of art. Art is in the eye of the beholder. So anything can be art.

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.




Re: Poll: Are Video Games Art?

"Some of them are, and some of them aren't" couldn't be more true for any medium.

Re: Poll: Are Video Games Art?

Okay, so what qualifies or disqualifies something as art?  Can you give examples of games, movies, music that would be art and those that would not?


Andrew Eisen

Re: Poll: Are Video Games Art?

I think a good example might be a Knife.  

If you have a pocket knife, you wouldn't necessarily consider it art, but you might be able to make art with it, such as through whittling a piece of wood, or carving a picture.

If you have a ceremonial knife with a curved blade, and a carved ivory handle.  It would most likely be considered art. 

Both objects are knives, but the purpose behind one is different, it is specifically designed as art, now that isn't to say that there wasn't any art that went into the design of the pocket knife, but that the pocket knife is specifically designed as a tool, not as art.

I think the lines of distinction are quite grey, and anything can pretty much be construed as art.  But I think anything that is made up of Music, Story, Dialog, and Virtual Sculptures should be considered art, or perhaps a broader statement might be, anything that's designed specifically for the purpose of entertainment, is art.

It also doesn't mean that all art is good art, and I think the opinion side of things is where people get caught up because they see things that are pretty repulsive to them and wonder how it could be even considered art.

Re: Poll: Are Video Games Art?

Well said! There's "good" art, copy art, bad art, money grab art and plenty more. All completely subjective.


"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong." -H.L.Mencken

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