Video Games as Art? Some say No?

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Quote: "...video games represent a loss of those precious hours we have available to make ourselves more cultured, civilized and empathetic" (Discussion Topic: Video Games as Art? Roger Ebert says ''No'')

Some people say that video games are not art, but then some say video games offer everything. It is very important to consider different opinions of other people because of how much information we can learn. Take Roger Ebert's website of Questions and Answers for example. The first set of Q and A is about Chicken little. The questions that people propose are very unqiue because no everyone would think of them.
Now getting back to the actual question of are video games art? Roger presents a great answer about this. He states, "Video games by their nature require player choices, which is the opposite of the strategy of serious film and literature, which requires authorial control." I can agree with him because I think that movies are followed strictly by what the director has to say and video games allow you, the player, to choose what to do next. It is understandable that his sentence can be debated, but it is important to consider it before making a statement.
Many of the famous works of poets such as Shakespeare's, "Hamlet" and Robert Frost's poem entitled, "The Road Not Taken" are so intellectual that it is very difficult to compare them to video games. Some may consider video games more powering than literature or the opposite?
On an ending note, the quote listed at the top of this blog entry offers an opinion that is important to analyze. When playing video games the player does not encounter other humans or become a productive member of society. Many would disagree because when playing video games you enter a world that intrigues the mind and makes you think with great depth. It seems that Roger Ebert's lenses are presented as being separate because he feels video games are one genre and literature and everything else is another. My personal lense is one that is combined because it allows the player to encounter new literature and movie skills while playing video games.
Some questions that I thought would be good to start the discussion could include, Are video games not equal to movies and literature? Or are they? Also, Since Roger Ebert was a film critic is his profession deciding his personal lense about video games? These are some questions that I would be interested in knowing your personal opinions.

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Wow, finally something I can debate, lol. Anywho as posted in my blog I believe that video games too require authorial control. There is a plot to many stories which you yourself must uncover. You can compare it to Sherlock Holmes books in fact. While you yourself do the work, it still leads to the same clue. I did consider it and yes, you can do different quests and such in games and not be directly guided BUT there are games that I think do a pretty darn good job of following a plotline.

However I do not think that video games, movies and literaure are equal. I think they are so different that there is no way for one to be better then the other. They are both art in their own rights. As far as Lense read my blog.
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/AshleyFarmer/2008/01/video_games_as_art_pffft.html

When talking to my grandmother about this discussion topic I learned some interesting information. She told me that Roger once collabeated with Jene Siskel as film critics until Mr. Siskel got ill and passed away several years ago. She stated, "That they made a wonderful team." Another little fact is that Roger Ebert is prononuned with a French accent. (ebear). I thought that this information would be useful in developing discussion for the class.

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