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.