The B&E Podcast #082
“Video Games: Art or Simply Entertainment?”

Soundcloud Link:
soundcloud.com/thebandepodcast

SUMMARY OF THE PODCAST:
We’ve brushed on it before, but today we go full force on the topic of video games – one of the most significant forms of expression of the modern era.  We discuss some of the interpretations of art and how video games meet many of those “criteria”.  If art is about experience then video games has the potential to deliver in a way other forms of media cannot.  That’s not to say all of them will.

POINT #1: “GIVE US AN EXPERIENCE”
-Robert Motherwell said, “Art is an experience, not an object”.  If this is the case, then video games would have to be classified as such.  In fact, video games can give us experiences beyond mindless entertainment and adrenaline rushes to offer real emotional impact.

POINT #2: “VIDEO GAMES AS AN OUTLET”
-There’s been a lot of stigma around video games perpetuating violence, but there’s more evidence to support that they can be a valuable source for people to get out aggression and express themselves in a way that is healthier and doesn’t harm others.

POINT #3: “GAMES HAVE THE SAME CHALLENGES”
-When it comes to other art forms in comparison to video games, they share a lot of common traits and issues.  Subjective, divisive, and demanding some kind of response, ultimately it comes down to the creators and the eye of the beholder.

 

MENTIONS IN THIS PODCAST:

Steel & Oak (Smoked Honey Bock) – Today’s Craft Brewery

 

VALUABLE LINKS:

http://www.TheBandEPodcast.com – The Official Website

http://www.steelandoak.ca – Brewery of Choice Today

http://www.BCFilmAcademy.com – The BC Film Academy

http://www.ThePlayersCreativeCompany.com – Acting School

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