One thing I love about blogging is that I get to see the different viewpoints of other bloggers and gamers. At the end of Part 1, A Voice told me what he thought made a game art. I’m hoping he doesn’t mind too much that I’m using his comment, because it’s quite insightful! He made three basic points, and here they are in their condensed form:
…Not everything that looks pretty or pleasing can or should be considered art, either in whole or in part…Intention matters…Art makes a point (or points) and, as such, video games considered to be art should appear to be making an artistic statement but without sacrificing too much playability…Functional art [viz. art] objects [that] serve a purpose as more than just an art object (e.g. a meerschaum pipe), is different in kind from other forms of art and proceeds a bit differently…Simply put, video games can legitimately be seen as art insofar as they meet the criteria of functional art.
So, let’s take a look. Do some games intend to be a work of art? Yes, there are many games that are made with artistic goals in mind. Do these games/artworks make a point? Yes, oftentimes games do make a point of some sort, whether it be a moral or lesson learned, or just a good story that needs to be told. Finally, are games functional art? Yes, of course! They are artworks that we can interact with, enjoy, and alter. By A Voice‘s three criteria, video games in general can be considered artworks, although not every game is a piece of art, just like not all drawings (especially mine) are considered art.
Let me clarify: yes, everything is art if somebody says it’s art. However, this is, in my opinion, a stupid way to look at things, because that means that a mountain of dog crap could be considered an artwork. I don’t buy that. Therefore, I feel that art has to meet certain criteria to be considered art. Therefore, if some games meet the criteria, then they’re art by artistic standards (not just the base standard of “everything is art”) while others fail to meet the criteria.
Without further ado, here are some games that either I or some of my followers have defined as works of art. Please enjoy the gallery. As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” *Note: You will find that many of these in my list are newer games for a couple reasons. 1: The gameplay was superb; it’s not just the graphics I’m looking at, although they are gorgeous. 2: Many older games don’t stand out in my memory as my “addiction” to video games is more recent than my initial exposure to them; I have more vivid and fonder memories of many newer games.
Here are some screenshots from my favorite artworks: (You can click on any of them to get a larger view, except the first one, I think)
Well, there you have it; these are some of our favorite artworks. As you can see, they range from sci-fi shooter games to post-apocalyptic survival games to a journey through a desert, to mystical lands with humongous beasts. Games can come in all different forms, yet they can share the same awe of a great work of art. These games are the ones that when you beat them, you feel a pain, almost as if you lost something important. These are the games that will leave an imprint on a gamer; an impact that will last a lifetime. These are true works of art.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this gallery as much as I have, and maybe someday I’ll revisit this topic again as the medium evolves even more, but as for now, I’ll just leave this here for you to mull over. I find these artworks breathtaking, and I hope you do as well.
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