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Are video games a work of art?

posted Apr 11, 2018, 9:57 AM by Karley Mooneyham

There are many video games that have a boring story line or bad graphics, but there are also bad paintings or sculptures; video games, in my opinion, are a work of art. Video games take talent to design, and it’s hard work to design a video game.

Art, in my opinion, is all about perspective, like the way some pieces of art featured in a gallery can be weird or different, and some people don’t think they should be considered works of art. According to Oxford Dictionaries, the definition of art is “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.”

The expression or application of human creativity, skill or imagination really sticks out to me because that is what video games are. Video games are based on imagination and creativity and are meant to entertain and impress the people who play them which is basically the point of any sculpture or painting.

Great video game examples are Skyrim, the Kingdom Heart series, the Far Cry series, and the Assassin’s Creed series. The art in these video games is expressed through the architecture of the buildings, the design of the monsters, vehicles, weapons, and clothes and even just the random characters. Facial details on all the characters and the details in the story line and around the map all show the creators’ imagination and skill.


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