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.