Are Video Games Art?

Who’s playing who in this argument? Are video games really art?

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  1. Lol, whoever edited this video (or perhaps Doug himself) is a fan of Achievement Hunter. Check out the WoW clips.

  2. i liked this almost philosophical excurse here :’) what about historical grand strategy games?

  3. You know what this actually reminds me of? Sword Art Online. If you don’t know it, it’s an anime where the basic summary of the plot is that around 2000 gamers get trapped in a virtual world in a VRMMO known as Sword Art Online and the game is rigged so that if they die in the game, they die in real life. The thing about it that I was reminded of here is that they place a heavy emphasis in the show on how the virtual world of the game isn’t truly different from the real world. One particular line of dialogue goes “What is the difference between the virtual world and the real one? The amount of data.” The SAO world, and the ones that come after it, create a video game world which features all the normal video game stuff such as quests, rewards, achievements, and even bosses to battle but which also immerse you in their stories completely. I kinda see this as being one of those final steps towards high art that Doug talked about in his video, where we can eventually reach a point where you are fully immersed in the story and everything about the story depends on you.

  4. Thank you so much for giving us taht last clip of yourself XD Good work, how long did it take to master it?

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