Well, are they?
Are games art? It's been asked many times before and will be asked many times again. Garriot gives his take over at Gamasutra.
"Are games art? They can, and I think, should be. How much "art" there is in a game is up to the developer.
There's a lot of games which I'll describe as just pulp [as in the magazine genre], but absolutely: I think there's lots of great art in games. A lot of my favorite games, actually, are the ones we think of as the most artistic. Games like Myst, or American McGee's Alice, Abe's Oddysee."
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