One topic that pops up now and again around the ‘net  is: “Are games art?”. Of course, to answer that question, one must first define “art”.

I’m not going to attempt that. Because I have a question of my own. Does it really matter? If so, why? If not, why not? (Okay, that’s really three questions, but who counts among fiends? ;)

Personally, I don’t care whether games can be considered art or not. I suppose some might think that, by calling games “art”, that makes them “legitimate”, putting them up there with painting, film, etc.

If it makes some people happy to say games are “art”, that’s fine with me. Just so long as designers don’t take that too seriously. Because I don’t want to play “art”. I want to play games. Good ones.

So, what do you think? Are they art? Does it matter to you? Or is all this gabble about “games as art” just a lot of pretentious babble?