Tuesday, October 16, 2007

"Sims" creator named BAFTA fellow

The debate about whether video games can be considered art rages on.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts named "Sims" creator Will Wright a fellow. According to the story he shares the honor with the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Steven Spielberg and Alfred Hitchcock.

So let's have ourselves another poll. Are video games art? Vote on the right side of the blog.

I've always thought one day (and this may already be the case) there will be a field of cultural studies devoted to video games. If you think that's unlikely, you should see the volumes of analysis written about cultural drivel found on television.

Maybe this will light a fire under Will to complete "Spore."


AnDrew Cook said...

Arguably video games have artistic qualities, aesthetic appeal on many levels- not just with the visuals.

I wouldn't say my sister is a painter (well, she is...she can paint and stuff- with paint) and the sims is her canvas and the options for Sim and such creation her paintbrush...

but the designers for the sims and even the add on designs for the creation options could be consider art.

Dan Whisenhunt said...

There are some things widely considred Art which I believe are more accurately called illustration. Norman Rockwell comes to mind.