Shigeru Miyamoto "Nintendo games are not an art but products"

#61MRW1215Posted 7/15/2011 8:33:29 AM
Eh, who cares? Going out of one's way to argue that something is (or should be) "art" just has a sort of pretentious sound to it. Video games, to the average consumer, are nothing but diversionary experiences. Something to entertain themselves when they have free time.

Besides, I only see games as "artistic" when they have some kind of imaginative or inspired feel to them. Gaming, over the last gen or two, has started to feel more and more "commercial" and less "artistic" (in my opinion, anyway). I just don't feel like very many games these days have a lot of imagination or inspiration to them, anymore, and the ones that do are, for the most part, niche titles that only sell to a small number of people.
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#62MetroidJunkiePosted 7/15/2011 9:01:43 AM
You could argue that all games are art but I think artistic is a bit different, the game had to have actually been made with its visuals as a high priority.
#63BurgerTime79Posted 7/15/2011 9:22:48 AM
To me it's not the game itself that's the art, but the many pieces of the medium that create the game a whole. Those original sketches Miyamoto drew when he was first creating Donkey Kong are at their very core pieces of art. You can't look at them and go "Oh, it's video games. Not art.".

The box and contents of your Cap'n Crunch are a product, but the drawing and graphics work that went into creating said product is art.
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#64niels200683Posted 7/15/2011 9:39:37 AM
Brave Fencer Delano posted...
To me it's not the game itself that's the art, but the many pieces of the medium that create the game a whole. Those original sketches Miyamoto drew when he was first creating Donkey Kong are at their very core pieces of art. You can't look at them and go "Oh, it's video games. Not art.".

The box and contents of your Cap'n Crunch are a product, but the drawing and graphics work that went into creating said product is art.


^This... if only because it means I'm an artist (I'm a graphic designer, amongst other things).
Of course, this has nothing to do with artistic value - which is a matter of opinion.
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#65Boomer_KuwangaPosted 7/15/2011 8:53:56 PM
MetroidJunkie posted...
You could argue that all games are art but I think artistic is a bit different, the game had to have actually been made with its visuals as a high priority.

You can argue whatever you want. You're still 100% wrong.
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#66MuZemike(Topic Creator)Posted 7/17/2011 7:03:33 PM
Music and graphics in games are art. The game itself is not art.
#67BigDaddyWingnutPosted 7/18/2011 4:37:08 AM
This whole discussion brings to mind the quote: " I may not know art, but I know what I like."
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