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Games As Art

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Games As Art

After viewing an interview with George R.R. Martin from a few years ago, who didn’t think games were quite there yet in terms of being a new art form, I decided I wanted to talk on the subject. Of course, he is old at this point, but it’s still something many outside of the gaming world still seem to think. Roger Ebert being, of course, the classic example of someone who felt games couldn’t be art.

So, I decided to go through some games I felt exemplified games as an art form, and why:

0:00 – Intro
4:03 – Braid
9:41 – Nier: Automata
12:30 – Shadow of the Colossus
15:02 – Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
17:06 – Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
19:11 – Journey
21:08 – Bioshock
23:30 – Doki Doki Literature Club
24:59 – Dark Souls
29:10 – Lisa: The Painful RPG
31:15 – Outro

Should I have gone with a stupid YouTube title like: “10 games YOU DIDN’T KNOW WERE ART?!” Eh. Whatever.

#GamesAsArt #StorytellingGames


  1. One thing they teach now a days in art classes is that art is quite literally what ever u want to be art. anything can be art.

  2. So many video games have stories that have touched me so deeply and artwork that has left me awestruck. Of course video games can be an artform, and those that think otherwise just haven't experienced it yet.

  3. Imo the best examples of games as art are ones where the story and gameplay are so interconnected, it would be impossible to separate them. Great work!

  4. Saying that games are not art is no different from those who think that
    2 + 2 = 5.

  5. I mean, the latest call of duty 36 isn't art, for sure.
    But games like this war of mine definitely are.

  6. I bet George RR Martin opinion changes when Elden ring comes out

  7. For me art is something that intentionally evoke feelings, and thoughts in you as a consumer. Which fulfill most of the non-competetive games.

  8. My definition of art is stricter. Art must change you. In that respect fewer games qualify, and it varies by person. Nier: Automata definitely fit the bill for me though.

  9. Games as art: shows Nier Automata. All is right as it should be

  10. I would add Gris and Ori games to the list too . If they are not art , then you don't know what art is and how diverse it can be 🙂

  11. Why is Bioshock always mentioned when System Shock 2 did a lot of the same things first?

  12. 2:25 Dancing is a movement-based application of art that is based on what the person knows what to do. They can be instructed or whatever you feel.
    Games are movement-based applications where one uses a controller to traverse a world.
    People can attempt to dance and/or play a game, but how one reacts to it and understands it is different for everybody.

    Really, what has always made calling games art for some is the reluctance for critics to call games in general (like chess) art. Video games typically have all of the elements of a great movie, but being associated with a "game" (something that has never been considered art before) has always made the classification tricky.

    I don't need to see any commonly cited examples of video games as art to say that to me, especially when the argument has been about (I think) the medium itself, not because there are video games that stand out in some "artsy" way. Besides, like other mediums, there exist commonly regarded winners (pieces considered great art) and stinkers (pieces not considered great art because they're considered bad).

  13. maybe this is the best video I have ever watched on a gaming channel, usually I don't hit the like button, but, you deserve more than a like, your channel is so underrated, I wish I discovered it sooner, thanks man, and keep going👍👍👍

  14. Pyre, transistor, bastion, outer wilds, bioshock, little nightmares, papers please, grow home, thomas was alone, the last of us, and NOT JOURNEY screw that game😂

  15. Video games, as much art as a newspaper is.
    A line or a dot on canvas is just a fucking line or dot.

    Games have art, yes. Pictures, models, colors and sound.
    Games could be art, but it comes down how the game is designed overall.

    There's always going to be THAT person in the world that still thinks the earth is flat, magic tricks are demon magic, and every single shape in the sky means aliens.

    To push all this garbage aside… has anyone ever had the pleasure of playing the PS2 game Hungry Ghosts? So badly want an English version of this.

  16. Just from 2019 Disco Elysium and Outer Wilds

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