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The Unique Art of Video Games

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  1. Silent Hill 2 is the definitely one of the greatest works of art in gaming and I suppose it doesn't get mentioned as much as it should because it is such an unhappy game, filled with melancholy and depression, but its design and music and story and ideas are incredible. Many essays could easily be written on that game.

  2. I found the definition of art in Games a long time ago when I played Chrono Cross.

  3. If video games aren'T art, why did Doki Doki dumpster me harder than any movie ever did?

  4. Games use graphics (Most of the time) Graphics take artists (most of the time) to make, boom, games are art

  5. Okay, calling journey a game rather than interactive art is a disservice to the word game which means an actual challenge rather than getting from point A to point B. Journey has narrative, interactivity, visuals and music, that's it. If you want true "Game is Art" games then go play Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, or for contemporary examples that aren't made to be oscar bait like most sony and quantic dream games, Breath of the Wild, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Bioshock 1 and Infinite (shut up, infinite maybe flabby and pretentious sometimes but there is actual solid character development with Elizabeth), Horizon: Zero Dawn, Soma, Far Cry 3 and so on and so on….

  6. To me, video games are the most art type of art you can find. One should rather ask if poems or a silent movie or a piece of music is truly art

  7. For me art, is creation, started from someone's mind and imagination, and if video games are not that, than movies aren't either. I am not gonna say that all video games are art, like not all movies are art, or sometimes like all paintings are not art. Art creates an emotion/experience for the viewer/listener. I played video games that give me more emotion than most of the movies that are being made now.

  8. I'm not a gamer but I grew up watching my brother play videogames. For me, I consumed videogames the same way I consumed movies. Videogames are a bunch of art forms put together to create an experience. Of course it's art

  9. Agreed, and now 3 years later there is also The Beginner's guide which is almost more an interactive movie than everything else. The Last Day of June, an interpretation of the story contained in Steven Wilson music was an amazing blend of genres. Or many Visual Novels that are a kind of in between a choose your own adventure book, manga, (and now anime with Steins Gate Elite). Games can be movie, story, books, action, puzzle, thought experiments or anything in between.

  10. These days kids just play fortnight now 😪

  11. Oh man. Fuck yeah for YOU, and your channel. You're awesome. I was probably already going to develop a weird mancrush on you despite being hetero because you're knowledgeable, concise and philosophical, and that coupled with your smooth AF voice & the soothing cadence of your speech would've been enough but you had to go and be genuinely handsome too. Just know that buried in my embarrassing love of everything you do and are lies a boatload of bitter envy. I can string together a sentence or two and live for philosophy, but my jagged Australian voice and less-than-fantastic aesthetic features render me a world away from what you've been able to accomplish here. You're the triple threat: smart, good looking and industrious. Go to hell you bastard, you're making so many of us look bad. Know what I did today? Smoked weed and ate cheese & crackers. I did write though, of course. Would've hurt not to. So there's hope for me yet, I'll just never be as pretty as you nor project such dulcet tones. I sound like I'm drunk, always, even though I dislike alcohol. Anywho, I've digressed. You're awesome, I hate you. <3

  12. Defining a craft as art has always seemed strange to me. If cinema is an art, is every movie a work of art ? I guess that's the distinction I'd make. Video games are not necessarily art but some games are (or aim to be) works of art. Which ones ? I think it's those that use the gameplay as a tool to tell the story, and I paradoxically don't believe that is the case for all games.
    I think GTA for instance is a great game, but it lacks the ambition of being a transformative experience that uses everything at its disposal (script, actors, *gameplay*) to make the player feel. It doesn't try to be beautiful. I'd say it's the "Transformers" equivalent of movies.
    I'd use The Last of Us as a counter example. Their is beauty in the script, in the world building, in the performance of the actors, but what truly makes it a work of art is how it uses the medium it chose to tell the story, it's how it justifies the use of active engagement from the public (through the gameplay) rather than a passive one (like cinema would).
    The ressource system is designed to make you feel like you're in a post-apocalyptic world where you're short on everything. The brutal animations show what you have to become to survive in such a world. And the narration — the choice to have the characters constantly speaking during exploration phases — incites you to play "cinematically", giving you an active part in how the story is told.
    Video games can't be a work of art unless they use what sets them apart to better tell a story or convey a message. And Naughty Dog did it.

  13. Lest us not forget how films were ruled out from freedom of speech in 1915 because they were purely "economic endeavours." Where the side of the film industry mainly argued that they were infringing on their right for US interstate commerce (amongst points about rights of free speech). The court decided in a 9-0 vote.

    Shows how much this is about how we think and not about the relevant object.

  14. I love u man. I'm not a gamer either, but u always seem to echo my thoughts with most of ur artistic appraisals. As always, well done.

  15. The Last of Us, Minecraft, CupHead, Journey, even Tomb Raider, are all works of art in the form of video games (and honestly, Minecraft should be it’s own genre of art, and CupHead used “rubber-hose” animation, which is, yes, a form of art.

  16. To me, the game that closed this debate forever is Silent Hill 2. It can't be denied it is pure art.

  17. Boomer: Video games can‘t be art

    Me: Writes eight hundred pages of literary criticism discussing the themes in Pokémon Black and White

  18. Lol you need to buy a Nintendo Switch
    Thank me later 😎

    the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

    ^^^ That’s why games are art 👍
    Now include beautiful visuals coming from the creators mind with the help of technology,story tellers like Hideo Kojima and many others can express themselves fully

  19. Why the fuck dose your video get so close to your face like grows I don’t know u that well. Zoom the fuck

  20. I think that there are many forms of art. Statues, paintings, architecture, music, literature, cinema and games. And much more. Each one of them has a unique touch to it. It's beautiful. In a way anything that gives us purpose and beauty in life can be art. Art is, I think, mostly an expression of ideas, of psyche. A way to connect with the receiver. It can be something almost worth losing ourselves in. And we should strive to protect real art.

    That said I am not against modern art, but some things do make me think if they are really art. And while some films might not obviously be artistically uplifting, they fulfill their role. Some are just bad.

    You probably won't read this, Nerdwriter, but I really appreciate your channel. I especially enjoy the videos focusing on cinema, but other videos are fantastic as well. The ones breaking down aspects of Trump, and how Sanders speaks were fantastic. You really have quality content.

  21. Love that you mentioned Myst. Brilliant game series. The Dig and Full Throttle too 🙂.

  22. Of course that Limbaugh judge who was so obtuse about the expression of video games is related to the radio Limbaugh who is so obtuse about everything.

  23. Wow I didnt know you where John Krasinski until I watched this video

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    Patata 😀

  25. To answer the question of is game art is simple. is music art? is painting art? is writing art? is cinematography art? is acting art? is design art? if even one of them is, yeah, game is art because you need all of them to make a game even the most generic fps online game.

  26. Art is the Super Contra

    (Ending of the video is perfect)

  27. I hate how videogames has this stigma of being for losers/nerds, nobody says "you watch a lot of movies? what a loser"

  28. less complicated games will be successful like PUBG, NFS, Mario, gta

  29. I really love this video…wanted to share it with my students. Is there any way you can post a version without "*uck yeah" at the end? I share the sentiment but don't want to get fired for them watching something inappropriate (they are middle schoolers)

  30. Disagree if you will, but I think the original Legend of Zelda is a beautiful work of art.

  31. jesus, that cyberpunk trailer was 6 years ago?

  32. 2:41 seeing a clip from the just released Cyberpunk 2077 used in a video 6 years old

  33. Güler (◍•ᴗ•◍)(人 •͈ᴗ•͈) says:

    I guess the cyberpunk part didn't age well. Would be pretty neat to watch a video essay about cyberpunk 2077 by you.

  34. Of course it's all art dude.. What's the discussion for

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