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Sat, Dec. 27th, 2008 02:49 am
Will the games boom birth a new art form?

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michael (lowercase M)
Sat, Dec. 27th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)

I think there's a lovely heterogenous relationship between games as the act of playing, and the experience of art.. I've never been ardent videogamer, but by and large the ones that captivate me are the ones which have none of this narrative, task-reward structure. Which provide a framework for one's own games (for instance as a teen I once played GTA 3 for about half an hour just following people around, which in retrospect was, like, totally Vito Acconci) much as some broomsticks, chairs and a bedsheet could be a framework for childrens' games. Like much art that I enjoy, it's about using a framework to one's own ends.

There's also, I feel, been a strong craft element - creative, even? - to games of all kinds. I've seen some amazing chessboards, for instance, and some very fine rocking horses. These are archetypal forms which begin to sing in the hands of an appropriately creative person. Though I'm not so convinced video games can be a whole new artform per se, I do think there's huge potential for the exploration of the video game archetype in the hands of someone with interesting ideas.


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