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Are video games art?
Are video games art?
Are video games art?
Are video games art?
Are video games art?
Are video games art?
Are video games art?
Are video games art?
Are video games art?
Are video games art?
Are video games art?
Are video games art?
Are video games art?
Are video games art?
Are video games art?
Are video games art?
Are video games art?
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Are video games art?

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  • Image: “Assassins Creed 2” from http://wmdgteam.blogspot.com/2009/11/assassins-creed-full-dvd-game.html
  • 1,2,3. http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=art
    4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art
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    1. Are Video Games Art?
    2. Some definitions • “the creation of beautiful or significant things”1 • “the products of human creativity” 2 • “architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully” 3 • “the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way to affect the senses or emotions” 4
    3. Fine Art? • An excellent example of the technical art of painting • An historic artifact • But how many people today would hang this on their wall? • It’s a great painting but not great art. • “Fine art” is often only appreciated by the pretentious
    4. “...the art of wasting space beautifully” • REALLY!?!?!? Problem? • No art here, only showing that “art people” will find meaning in anything An early example of trolling
    5. • Surely this is far more likely to elicit emotion than many traditional art pieces.
    6. What about video games? • One opinion that I feel sums up many of the arguments against video games being art: videogames are immature, derivative, mass produced, distasteful, and do not afford the sorts of perceptual and cognitive pleasures that proper artworks do. • Let’s take this apart shall we?
    7. Immature?
    8. Immature? • Certainly video games are widely played by the young but that doesn’t make games universally immature. • Very briefly: “Assassin’s Creed” is about a modern day man who lives out the genetic memories of his ancestors, and becomes involved in an ongoing ancient plot, between two factions, to find a “Piece of Eden” (a mystical device of extreme power). • Hardly child’s play! • Video games are a very recent medium(1970’s), as a result the audience for games has been young, and many of the games produced are aimed at this market. • As the medium matures over time the audience will naturally grow to span age brackets, and more and more games will be produced that are aimed at a mature audience, and games will become viewed as a valid art form, the equal of film or any other art.
    9. Derivative?
    10. Derivative? • Naturally video games build on what has come before it. This is how progress is made. • Does this mean that there is no originality in games? (see previous slide!) • Yes, certain game franchises suffer from unoriginality, (yearly updates of sports titles being the chief offenders). • Video game technology offers an almost limitless canvas with which to create your own universe. A medium with more scope for originality there is not.
    11. Mass Produced?
    12. Mass produced? • Why should mass production take away from the artistic value of something. • Surely the fact that there is such a demand for games only speaks of their massive popularity. • The best selling games generally are the ones that are best at immersing the player in different universe(See GTAIV, Fable II, Red Dead Redemption....)
    13. Distastefull?
    14. Distasteful? • Criticising violence and sex in various media is nothing new. • The fact of the matter is that as long as people enjoy feeling emotion of whatever sort, people will keep trying to elicit base emotions from people by portraying acts of violence and sex in whatever media they desire.
    15. Perceptual and Cognitive pleasure?
    16. Perceptual and Cognitive pleasure? • This is probably the most ridiculous argument against video games being art. • Perceptual? Some of today's games you could nearly take a screenshot of and put in an art gallery straight away. The overall interactive effect even more visually powerful. • Cognitive? Ever had a particularly hard puzzle that took you forever to solve? Do you remember how you felt when you solved it?
    17. Video Games are art because... • They provide by far the most immersive, pleasurable, rewarding, original, creative, beautiful and sensuous experience of any medium available today. • I rest my case!

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