One of the games I have been playing from the most recent Steam Sales was the Stanley Parable. I might talk a in-depth about the experience later on but for right now I will say is a wonderful piece of work about choice, videogames mechanics, and art in videogames on a whole.
After playing it for a bit of it I would hesitant to call it a game, like Thomas Was Alone and the Walking Dead it is more of a contender for argument that the gaming media can be considered art. While I might be preaching to the choir about this issue but I am in the group that thinks that videogames should be considered art.
The genre of videogames needs to be considered as art not for the validation of our hobby from society but instead for legal protection. Here in the United States art, any form of art whether painting, film, or theater, is protected from any government interference or censorship by the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution under Free Speech.
We need videogames to be considered art in the event of a federal or local lawmaker trying to make a knee jerk reaction after the news and media suggests that a popular, videogame was somehow responsible for shooting or tragedy.
I say this because I have seen this fight played out once before and the artists failed to stand up for themselves when they were asked if their media was technically art.
The Comicbook industry faced the same criticism back in the fifties when Fredric Wertham, a German psychiatrist, published a study that claimed that Superhero comicbooks’ (the newest and most popular form of entertainment for the kids at the time) depiction of crime drugs and violence were corrupting the children of the time and encouraging them to mimic the same acts that were depicted on the pages.
These claims were so popular that the US government launched a Congressional inquiry into the comicbook industry and instead of Marvel and DC Comics standing up against of the government and claim protection under free speech both companies backed down and instead decided to censor themselves on what their characters can and can not do in their stories in order to please the senators and the parents.
While the videogame industry does have a bit more time on the market to justify it’s entry to the art world, we also have the California Supreme Court have sided the videogame industry on the controversial law on whether or not the state should have a right to limit the sales of violent games to minors. Like many other hotly debated social issues of the past we need a federal president to settle this argument once and for all.
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