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.