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  • Writer's pictureDean Pereira

Video games as Art


Video games are often seen as a form of art. If you work in the games industry you know that games are also commercial products. With all the tools at our disposal today, including AI, it’s easy to make a counter statement about games being far from traditional art, the same discussion can be had about big-budget films. Music composers are called artists, your team includes 2D and 3D artists, studios are looking to hire creative writers but we can’t for sure call a video game art…? Well, the publisher needs you to change this one thing because the data says the market will respond better to that…hmmm.


The debate over their artistic merits and whether they should be considered a legitimate form of art continues to rage. The video game industry has grown to become a multi-billion dollar global industry, and with the increasing sophistication of video game graphics and storytelling, the debate over whether video games can be considered an art form has become more heated. The idea that video games can be considered an art form has been around since the early days of the industry. Many of the early video games were designed to be visually stimulating, with many of the early games designed to be played as much for their aesthetics as for their gameplay. Since then, video games have evolved to become more complex and intricate, and the visuals and storytelling have become more sophisticated. However, the debate over whether video games can be considered art is still ongoing, with some arguing that video games do not meet the criteria of what typically makes a work of art.


Arguments against video games being considered an art form often cite that video games are too interactive and, therefore, do not meet the traditional criteria of what makes a work of art. The argument in favor of video games as an art form is that video games can be seen as a form of interactive storytelling. The player's actions and choices can have an effect on the story and the game as a whole, which can be seen as a form of creative expression. Additionally, some video games use visuals and music to create immersive and emotionally engaging experiences, which is another aspect of what makes a work of art. Another argument for video games as art is that they often require a lot of creativity from the developers in order to create a compelling experience.




Developing a video game involves a lot of complex programming, art design, and storytelling, which is a form of creative expression. Unlike traditional forms of art, video games require the creator to think several steps ahead and anticipate how the player will interact with the game. Ultimately, whether video games can be considered an art form is a subjective question, and the answer will depend on the individual’s definition of art. However, it is clear that video games can be seen as a form of interactive storytelling and require a great deal of creativity from the developer, and thus should be considered a legitimate form of art.

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