> I think it was a bad and stupid decision. You play games because you want fun and that´s it. I can never understand how Call of Duty can be art. Some games maybe are art but the majority of all games aren´t.
To you, the end product, the “fact” that what you have is an interaction of pixels and models due to a person’s input through an interface may be what videogames are to YOU, that all are not forms of art does not put them in the majority of non-art category. The majority of games strife for one or a very limited form of artistic presentation. Mostly games are an expression of visual art. A few are an expression of theatrical style. And a lot try to move their “levels” through a form of narrative.
I agree videogames are not a form of art. They are a representation of many forms of art on a newer medium… And the medium IS the message.
Videogames aren’t just the metaphysical representation of someone’s belief that the medium is the message. Videogames are the direct interaction to any and all other mediums possible. Removing the metaphysical and creating the literal bridge between medium and message.
As far as what 1, one can do inside a game. Or 2, in the MP and how it relates to “art.”
Do we not consider world-builders artists in both religious and fictional texts? Rhetorical, yes we do. The very idea that chaos can come together to create order has always been perceived as an art by us. It is the core of a videogame. Everything from how a player moves, the way bushes may or may not sway in the wind, the physics of objects, the glare of the light sources, etc, they’re all how the universe/world is built.
And it is this core, this artificial world that players congregate around like a monument in a park. A centre-piece for conversation, interaction or simple admiration (or critiquing). And the best part is, it’s interactive. A videogame is like a Picasso in multiple dimensions that is able to be manipulated and touched on more levels then ever intended by even him.
Bah, for Ebert to deny videogames as an art is prove himself a man in need of further experience yet.