Good #VolumeFriday to everyone! I hope everyone has some great games (including Volume) to play this weekend. Art is still a hot topic for Bithell Games and something we want to talk about this week. Are video games art? Legally there is a precedent to suggest they are. The Supreme Court in the USA ruled that video games should be considered an art form, as deserving of First Amendment safeguards as “the protected books, plays and movies that preceded them.”
But to the general populous, it isn't that clear cut. We have the usual art forms that are recognised as art - sculpture and painting. Some people reason that video games can't be art as art can't have rules, points or the ability to win. But for me this would disregard art forms like music and literature which has rules and dance where you have the ability to be scored points or win a competition (dance off anyone?).
The question I get is, why does it matter. Games exist and are continuing to exist, labels don't matter. Makes complete sense. For me, art is a part of our culture and it is treasured, valued and kept. Institutions and people patronage art and keep it alive and within the grasp of everyone. For me, considering games as art means we will provide more opportunity for it to thrive rather than treating it as just a media to spend time on.