Art & Creativity Build from Video Games


The whole video game world in itself I consider art. From even when I was little seeing the different graphics on all my games from my Gameboy to my Playstation would light up my face with color. It certainly takes some kind of creativity and artistry to think of all the different graphics and details that come together in a video game. As technology has advanced and our graphics have become more realistic, video games have practically turned into movies. From the visual settings of new games and the details on the characters faces and clothes it is hard not to say that a video game is a form of art. I don’t play much video games anymore but I do have a lot of guy friends who keep up with the new games and systems. Occasionally I will sit down and watch them play these new games. I am always dumbfounded on the advancement of graphics that I see in these new games. Even with some sports games they look so realistic sometimes I have to do a double take to see if its a live televised game or a video game! With the 3 dimensional graphics on a lot of the shooting games and exploring games I’m also surprised with. With the vivid colors and settings I even look at video games sometimes and think they are “beautiful” and that is art.

Time magazines Chris Melissinos said in an article that technology has expanded the canvas upon which artists are able to paint and tell their stories. As an art form that has only existed in the digital space, video games are truly a collision of art and science. They include many forms of traditional artistic expression—sculpture in the form of 3D modeling, illustration, narrative arcs, and dynamic music—that combine to create something that transcends any one type. Video games are also the only form of media that allows for personalizing the artistic experience while still retaining the authority of the artist. In video games we find three distinct voices: the creator, the game, and the player. Those who play a game are following the story of the author and are bound by the constructs of the rules—but based on the choices they make, the experience can be completely personal. If you can observe the work of another and find in it personal connection, then art has been achieved.


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