Sunday, November 04, 2012


I love video games.

There is a song by Bo Burnham called Art Is Dead. I've been thinking about it for a while, and I know art isn't dead, but it's been reborn.

I don't know what Bo means by the song. As he states, I'm sure it's just a way to reassure himself of being a good person who's moving forward by claiming to be an artist of a dead art. I don't know what he means by it, but I think I've found my own meaning.

Christopher Grant is the light of video games journalism. He's a genius and certainly worth any accolades you could imagine. Often he argues that video games are art. Art isn't easy to make, or accept, and so plenty of people disagree with him. Of course, video games accepted as art is the dream of many bloggers. I don't know if I care as much for them to be seen as art, but I hope one day the mainstream can realize not all games are Halo, Call of Duty, or Need For Speed.

Even those games are art. They're lazy art, but art nonetheless. If you ever need assurance that games are art, play Dustforce, Journey, Bastion, or Braid. There are plenty of games that are artistic and beautiful, even in the mainstream, but there are precious few games that tell their story with their art. Precious few games that can tell their story, or convey their message, thoroughly through gameplay like these games can.

That's where I want to be. I want to make art, but I'm not an artist. I have accepted that I will probably never make anything artist or beautiful, but I accept that I can show it to others. I accept that I can spread the word and explain what art there is.

I recently applied for a job at Polygon to be a Game Critic. I doubt I'll be chosen, or that I won't be looked over entirely, but I'd love to do it. I'd like to be able to view games as pieces of art and judge them like a painting, or a series of games as an art show. It would be fantastic. I gained some of those skills in High School when I took several years of advanced placement art classes, and it's honestly the only thing I got out of it.

I think from now on I'll do just that, judge games as if they were art. And maybe I'll write about it. Here or somewhere else.

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