Sometime back Gamasutra posted a news item regardinga discussion about games as art held at Manifesto Games.
Are games art? If not, why not? And if so, why? Is thinking of games as art useful or actually a hindrance for game developers? If games are art, what should our aspirations for the form be?
MITâ€™s Henry Jenkins, video game theory professor Jesper Juul, game designer Santiago Siri and gameLabâ€™s Eric Zimmerman were invited to argue whether or not games could be considered art and who gets to define it as such. It was a playful discussion, with comments ranging from the humorous to the serious. While nothing definitive was decided, it did show that labeling video games as a form of art is difficult, but it is not because they are inherently not artistic, as Roger Ebert would claim.
The complete chat log can be found at Manifesto Games.