AI: Video Games as Art
The Time Lords are among us! I’m currently at PAX East having the time of my life, but I wrote this message ahead of time and am now sending it to you from the past to the present. Hm. That doesn’t sound nearly as impressive as sending messages back in time.
But the gaming convention reminded me, it was almost a year ago that Roger Ebert wrote on his blog a phrase that, to me, was more hurtful than when he gave Jumanji a bad review: Video Games Can Never Be Art. It was a puzzling statement at the time because Dragon Age and Mass Effect were redefining how storytelling was done in a game context. He later softened his stance but the blow had been dealt, and perhaps more optimistically, a challenge had been issued.
So I inquire: Do you agree with Ebert? Is there some line that will prevent video games from ever becoming ‘fine’ art? Did you once agree with his sentiment and then change your mind? Tell us about it. Let us know what you think about technology as art in general, especially since nearly a year has passed since the original debate. I’m eagerly awaiting your responses!
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