Hello. Since my view on videogames led to an off-topic in one discussion, I have decided to create new topic, where we can fully discuss the matter:
Are videogames art?
Now, that I can fully express myself.... I don't think so. While I cannot deny that some videogames are created by passionate and creative people, this, in my opinion, in itself doesn't make videogames as artworks. These are creations of our culture, to be sure, but that's not enough for a art.
For me, art is about an impression. I was lucky enough to see one of da Vinci's artworks (Lady with an Ermine) in the museum and I was just overwhelmed by it. I cannot fully describe this feeling - it's like my soul was ready to sing, if you know what I mean. I have similar feelings of approval, acknowledgement of admiration whenever I see a very beautiful painting. Or when I have goose pimples when listening to music. I bet you know what I mean.
And videogames... While I can agree that music can be awesome, that the graphics can be stunning, that the story can be interesting, the appearing characters memorable... I just don't feel the way I do with traditional art. Even if one of the elements of the game can be considered artistic, I don't think that is enough to call game artistic as a whole. Blizzard games have wonderful cinematics, sometimes good music, good gameplay, but I still don't see games as art. Baldur's Gate might have awesome music, good story, memorable characters and I still can't see it as a art (no disrespect intented, current and former devs).
It might be that I have a very narrow definiton of art that is based of quality, not the author's intentions or idea, or might it be that the majority of people have very "open" definition of art. For example, this is considered as an artwork: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artist's_shit
What do you think about it?