Are Video Games Art?

Pauline Freud

In the Idea Channel’s video, “Top 5 Most Artful Video Games,” (2013) the spokesman, Mike Rugnetta, proclaims that great interaction design can ascend a videogame to artistic acceptance. In his proposal, Rugnetta cites the Museum of Modern Art’s collection of video games, and he continues on to praise various games based on their significance, themes, atmosphere, aesthetic appeal, meaning, and overall experience. The video’s purpose is to celebrate the acceptance of video games as an artistic medium, review some games that Regnetta views as art, and discuss why his choices could qualify as art. Rugnetta uses philosophical language and visual devices, such as memes and video clips, that best appeal to a young, curious, and technologically familiar audience.

I have followed the Idea Channel for years, and I typically find their format engaging and enlightening. Rugnetta proposes ideas in a way that he doesn’t force an opinion on the viewer, but instead he allows them to decide their own perspectives on the topic. As a gamer, I have encountered many video games that I agree can be considered art. Other forms, such as visual art or music, I believe are based on the atheistically creative expression of ideas that can provide the recipient a unique experience. I have often come across moments in games where I may just pause at the awe of its world or feel like the medium has given me the ability to live a unique and engaging experience. Furthermore, if one can consider literature an art, games add visual appeal and personal involvement to the craft. Aside from my enthusiastic agreement about the video’s premise, I believe it should have elaborated more on what Rugnetta believes makes games artistic. He tailors his explanation based on each game, but some solid criteria may make his perspective more reliable. Also, he interprets the Museum of Modern Art acceptance of games as dismissal to contrary opinions. Even though I acknowledge the bias in the video I do personally believe that some games can be more artful than literature or cinema. Those who disagree have likely never played a video game built to give a sense of wonder.

Rugnetta, Mike. “Top 5 Most Artful Video Games.” YouTube. Idea Channel, 23 Jan. 2013. Web. 02 Mar. 2016.


3 thoughts on “Are Video Games Art?

  1. I would agree that the progress digital design has made in the video game world is remarkable. It is amazing to think that video games started with graphics as simple as PacMan, and have progressed into an art that looks as realistic as we could possibly imagine. The skills utilized to create video game design are masterful, creating detail that can take the player to unknown realms. The design skills and patience this takes can definitely be classified as an art form, in my opinion. In a way, video games are art hyped up to another level because the player isn’t only experiencing it, they are controlling it.

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  2. It is quite an intriguing idea seeing video games as artwork. If you think about it, the purpose of art, many claim, is to evoke emotion and express ideas or feelings. The purpose of video games has advanced to achieve the same purpose. First person shooters and interactive adventures allow you to choose your own path and watch as your decisions affect the game. If the graphics never changed, watching blocky, humanoid figures cry, smile, or even die is not very compelling. The art design used today to create the characters and environment makes the gamer feel connected to the people and the story; This emotional bond allows for a deeper understanding of the plot and creates an aesthetic experience.



  3. I believe that art in any sense is that created with skill and purpose regardless of medium or materials utilized. These designs have improved and evolved vastly and its amazing to compare where the graphics were in the 1980’s compared to today’s graphics. The amount of skill and attention to detail that goes into creating these games is unreal. There are times when you can see the characters hair move with the wind or see them sweat beads. The realism present is almost to an intense degree. I don’t necessarily expect video games to be displayed in the same museum as anything by Picasso or Monet, but I feel this art form has progressed farther than they ever would have dreamed possible and is definitely worth considering art.


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