Are video games “Art”? Let me quote screenwriter John Raffo:
“As a writer, I’m not an artist… or don’t look on myself that way. Rather, I’m a craftsman… a shoemaker[.] I try and make a good shoe. But here’s the dichotomy… there are ugly shoes and there are beautiful shoes. I want to make beautiful shoes that people want to wear and want to walk in.”
Everything you need to know about my answer is contained within that quote. Hint: Video games are not Art.
But let’s go further. Why would you want them to be?
Art, since the 1920’s, has been shit. Literally! The Dadaists came, they conquered, and they left behind a vapid landscape of fetishized vulgarity, like vomiting on a canvas. It’s no accident that one of the few video games proclaimed as Art allows you to massacre students at Columbine High School.
By these standards, video games are not Art. And I hope to God they never will be.