Credit to Yard for helping me come up with this idea for the topic. So there are alot of great games out there. And many of them are rich in narrative, story, visual design and so on. As gaming technologies evolve and games become larger than ever before, one emerging debate is whether or not games constitute as art.
As games have evolved this question has become debated by many people, and there are alot of reasons for and against. One of the bigger reasons for the argument is how games have striking visuals, deep story, and in some cases, can really making you think hard about life, and real world issues. However, I think one of the against is how games are interactive, whereas most traditional art is not.
However, by most general definitions of art, games could still fit into the mold of being art.
Just googling the definition for example yields the following from Google.
"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."
By this definition, games would be art as they are expression of human creativity. And its not the only definition out there that could allow games to be considered art. One definition I recall said something along the lines of "art being something that makes you think and feel." This too could be a definition to show games are art.
So, that being said, what does everyone around here think? Are games are, or are they not. And if you do believe in games counting as art, what game personally for you is most artistic? Please give me your thoughts.
Personally, I think games absolutely count as art. Games like Pac-Man can and have become world-famous and are seen as cultural landmarks and icons. Despite the simplicity of it, Pac-Man has is the result of creativity, and is iconic in every sense of the word. Just like other pieces of art.
So, to everyone else here in O_T. Are games art to you?