Games and Art

Roger Ebert sparks more conversation about the subject of games and art in this listing. Mark Bernstein responds here.

Some of this reminds me of our experience with Shelly Jackson in Contemporary Fiction. Each student in the course has a different physical reading of what I would refer to as “the text,” much as with games where puzzles can be solved in different ways or different choices lead to different outcomes, an allure of Borges’ garden.

The question of what makes something art or high art is still up for grabs, even when the concept goes back to Mozart. With games, the question not be if they are art, but “when” something becomes art.