How to do things with video-games: Art

Zachariah James Watson

Ian Bogost begins his take on “How to do things with Video-Games” by asking the basic question about whether or not video-games are a form of art. He backs up his position on the subject with the development of twentieth-century avant-garde. That it has changed the landscape of how art can to be created and interpreted. Avant-garde is any form of artistic movement that are experimental and/or innovative, particularly with respect to art and culture. Video-games were once perceived as a form of advent-garde because of how they were once in a stage of experimentation and development. Of course those who are involved with the video-game industry know that they are constantly undergoing stages of experimentation and development because of how video-games are proving to be an ever evolving force in terms of gameplay, visuals, mechanics, and interactivity. With all of this in mind, it is save to say that video-games are definitely a form of art that stands out from all the rest in terms of capability and influence.

Discussion Questions:

1) Do you believe that video-games are a unique form of art?

2) What place do video-games have as an art-form within our society?


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