Playing With Art

Analyzing the artistic merits of video games

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I agree with Ken Levine that games are “the convergence of everything.” The video game is a medium that incorporates all other mediums into it, telling a narrative story (fiction and theater) using visuals (film and painting) and sound (music) within a carefully structured world (architecture) that we can interact with (a trait unique to video games). Certain games may succeed in some of these areas and fail in others, while other games may succeed in all areas and become staples of the gaming industry, benchmarks that represent a turning point in the medium’s growth as an art form. Those successes, however big or small they may be, are worth discussing because as the medium matures so should its audience.  We gamers should talk more about the artistic merit of games, instead of just their entertainment value, and that’s what I plan on doing with this blog.

I write a weekly post for PopMatters.com and I’ll link to that post each week in addition to other thoughts that don’t make it into that blog.

As for myself, I’m just a guy who loves gaming and writing. I own all three consoles and enjoy all of them. I don’t play on the PC because the last time I upgraded it, F.E.A.R. was cutting edge…and I still couldn’t run it.

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