Video Games as an Art Form – Reasons Why Games Should be Considered Art

Video games have developed so far in recent and not so recent years that they should in every way be considered art. There are many aspects of art but luckily so, many video games can easily fall under the category of art due to their visuals, narrative or just a way of portraying something in a very specific, stylistic way or all of the above.

Here are some games that did something right and serve as proof as to why video games should be considered art.

Planescape: Torment

It is impossible to get away from this game, literally. Its storytelling is so compelling that it draws you in immediately. The characters are so detailed and unique that you will feel every bit of their lives as you play. You are also free to define your character through a plethora of choices that await you, ultimately searching for an answer to the question “What can change the nature of a man?”.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Descend into the madness which is your own mind as you try to recall what you are and where you are. The world around you does very strange things and that leaves you crazier. You can’t go too crazy, however, find some sanity.

This game is probably one of the scariest psychological horror games that you can play, mostly due to a game mechanic and storytelling. You can’t fight back, you must find sanity, somehow. Enjoy the ride as you try to uncover the mystery of yourself.

Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

A game which has stunning graphics and gameplay, not to mention storytelling, and add to that a very avid and present modding community and you can keep a gem of a game alive. Geralt, a monster hunter or witcher, is trying to find his ward, Ciri. He stumbles upon an entire universe of possibilities and grey choices, painted in a manner which will leave you thoughtful and emotional for a long time.

Max Payne 1 & 2

Dive deep into New York’s finest, Max Payne, a cop with nothing to lose. One day he was robbed of his family and the next he was diving deep into a criminal underworld which is entangled with the law, told in a very noir way. Drugs, TV shows, a lot of ammo and a very disturbing story with lots of Norse references. What more could you want on a winter evening.

Dying Light: The Following

While the game itself falls into the genre of zombie killers and horror survival, sorta, you can get the artistic side of the game as soon as night falls. Zombies get faster, they can parkour over walls as fast as you can. You can’t see anything in the dark, will you turn on the flashlight and give away your position or listen to the moaning and navigate through pitch-black streets of a fictional Harran?

There are many more games to look at, yet these stand out at first thought. The world is full of artistic video games.


Author: Jason