April 17, 2012
Don't just say games are art, show it
We get it already. Games are art. Now quit making such a fuss over it. It's an old argument that needs to die. Seriously. We're all sick of it. Enough already!
Besides, this constant preaching isn't achieving anything. In fact, I would say it's done more harm than good. How?
Because it depicts us as being insecure about this all-important subject.
The question of whether games are art has been debated for years. It's a topic that pops up frequently on message boards and in the press with titles like thatgamecompany's Flower being held up as prime examples supporting the argument. I think Journey is the better example, though, since it isn't constantly shouting "HEY, I'M AN ART GAME! APPRECIATE ME!" like Flower, but I digress.
The point is, plenty of people have supported the pro-art rationale -- more than was ever necessary. But they haven't managed to accomplish anything except articulate our collective thoughts. Never have I seen any good come out of the movement, like someone saying they've been convinced of the artistic merit of games. I've only seen agreement.
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