Comment of the Week: The Real Reason Games Might Be Art

This week’s Comment comes in response to this week’s Sterling column, in which he stated that “If just one person thinks that a given thing is art, then it is art.” The comment comes from Earnest.

Although I agree with your general premise, the idea that all opinions are equal and one man has the ability to define something as art is ridiculous. No matter how handily I write my name in the snow with urine, it isn’t art, even if the expression itself is artistic in nature. Things that constitute art are arrived at by consensus, sometimes long after they deserve to have been considered art. I do believe that, even without this ruling, enough people have considered videogaming an art (comprised, like filmmaking, of allied arts working in tandem to create a whole) that it can be called art.

Well said, Earnest. I’m not sure I agree with your last sentence, but it is something to think about. Good work.

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On July 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I don’t buy it. Consensus has absolutely nothing to do with it. There are, literally hundreds of examples of what’s considered “Art” by “people in the know” that most people on the planet would just consider ridiculous:

“Look, I took a banana and stuck a nail in it. I’m making a statement about the meaning of life, the military-industrial complex, and the fleeting feeling of solitude as interpreted through the lens of the proletariat.”

Nonsense. Is it really consensus when only a small part of the population are involved in arriving at said consensus? That goes against the very meaning of the word. Art always has and always will be completely subjective. Because of that, the label has little if any real meaning.

Anyone who argues one way or the other is pushing an agenda. Plain and simple.