Video Games Are An Art Form
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Roger Ebert famously said that they can never be, yet even though I highly respect him as a film critic, I'm afraid that I must disagree, video games are art, and even though it may be the youngest medium I believe that despite the non-artistic video games (call of duty, wwe, etc.) there are many games that contain artistic merits of complex philosophical storylines (Metal Gear Solid, Shadow of the Colossus), and games that rival emotional impact in films and other mediums (The Walking Dead Video Game, Ico.)
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So I argue that video games are indeed art, and unless the challenger and disprove this claim, then I believe I have won, and video games should be recognized as an art form by all.
I oppose your claims because video games are more social than art and for video gamers like you is art. People who plays these games might call them pixel virtual images or pixelations. So for u (the pro) might think they are art in your eyes anime people and cool scenes and images it's not i'm very sorry to say. Pixelations is classified differently than art it's more computer than by actual physical skill.In my oppinion killing and blood all over the place is not the type of art and lovely beautiful animes are just making the storyline of the game interesting and also can have more sales.
Now I think in order to properly analyze and argue what you have argued we must define art. Webster's defines art as "the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. "
You make the contention that because video games are made of virtual images and pixels mean that it is not of artistic merit. I must say that whatever form art is made of does not dictate whether it is art or not. Would you discredit any film that uses computer generated imagery because it is not physically there? I'm sure if you spoke to anybody who programs for video games and created these "virtual images" you speak of you would know how hard work and artistry are required.
You say that in your opinion "killing and blood all over the place is not the type of art." First of all not all video games feature blood and killing, in fact some of the most aesthetically beautiful games (Flower, Journey, Braid) feature no killing at all, and even so if games such as BioShock or The Walking Dead feature killing and blood, so what? Schindler's List features violence and ruthless killing, does that make that film inartistic? Or Saving Private Ryan? Or any painting that depicts violence? You also seem to say that animation creates the storyline in games and the gameplay itself is simply killing and inartistic nonsense, also I must say that games such as BioShock feature in-game storytelling by way of audio diaries recorded by people telling of the fall of a great city by way of the interior politics (the game itself is an indictment of Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy), and in Journey you yourself participate in all of the aesthetic beauty in the game, and even if in some games the story is told by cut-scenes and the gameplay itself doesn't carry much in storytelling I must again say this, so what? Cut-scenes are just as important to video games as gameplay, they give video games a way to tell the story in a way the uses angles and allows the creators of the game to create their artistic vision in the video game.
If I have misinterpreted anything or left anything out please rebut.
I have given ample evidence to support my claim that video games art indeed art. I feel that my contender has not given any evidence suggest that it is not art, and therefore I believe I have won this debate. It seems to me that my opponent might have changed his mind with the statement, "I must say you do make a point that video games are art." So that should be even more reasoning behind my claim to victory.
missrish001 forfeited this round.
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Vote Placed by tylergraham95 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Somewhat one-sided. Pro was definitely more thought out in his arguments.
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