Art is one of those words that just can’t be defined, or, rather, as a million different definitions. A visitor to the Art Institute of Chicago, gazing at the “Portrait of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler,” would surely not protest if I called it art. On the other end of the spectrum, a football fan would heartily agree if I described Barry Sanders an artist. Scores of outsiders, however, would. And there is the beauty of art. Every individual can, and is expected to, describe it for themselves.
I present, for your consideration, the following screenshot from the wildly popular 2010 Game of the Year, Red Dead Redemption.
Are you kidding me? That’s gorgeous. Just try and tell me that’s not art. I WILL FIGHT YOU. Alright, chance to redeem yourself…try this.
That’s what I thought. These two games, RDR and the Assassin’s Creed series, have taken my breath away on multiple occasions, as have plenty of others. The amount of time the designers put into these games is staggering, as are the results. Can we please show the respect deserved?