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Art Games Intro

Yes, this is going to be another article attempting to refute Roger Ebert’s stance that video games are not art.  Please bear with me for a moment.

What is art?  It’s one of those things with a tricky definition, partly because as soon as we draw the line of is and is not, something dares to cross that line.  If we are talking about traditional canvas works, we have examples like impressionism, cubism, and my favorite, pop art, to give examples of this changing definition.  Andy Warhol famously created art from the everyday and happily mass produced it.  When he began he was scoffed at.  Art could not be mass produced, they said.  They claimed that what he was creating wasn’t art, but years later, we recognize Warhol’s creations as defining a generation.  He crossed into the ‘is not’ and forever changed the art world.

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Assassin’s Creed

As promised, today I will review the 2007 game, Assassin’s Creed.  You have probably heard about the most recent title in this series, Assassin’s Creed 2, hailed as an outstanding and innovative standout game.  It is a huge improvement over what Assassin’s Creed built in its first game.  But even though it is not as good as the second, there are a lot of things which give Assassin’s creed its worth.

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Today I am announcing that I will be reviewing a game or two that came out a few years ago.  This may seem an odd time to review these game.  And you know what?  It is.  So why am I reviewing it?

I’m reviewing it because they have some things in common.  They are decent games with a stellar sequel.  This is something that seems to be a common theme lately, one that even my mother picked up on.

“There seems to be a lot of ‘Two’ games out there,” she told me one day

“Huh?”  I looked at her, confused enough to pause my game of Dead Space.

“The title,” she told me, “There seems to be a lot of sequels coming out.”

“Ah.” I said, ready to return to my gaming session now that I understood what she was saying, but I stopped for a moment to think about it.

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