the-last-of-us-500x281Video Game Analysis: The Art of the Video Game story

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert once provoked the wide community of gamers by  asking the question: Are video games art? One of his key arguments stated that video games aren’t an art because the audience had too much control over the outcome of the protagonist.

A long time ago this argument was brought up about movies, and before that about theatrical production. The key argument then was: Is it art when it’s created through collaboration? Often the directors get sole credit for a film’s artistic style, but many key positions include: writers, producers, editors, production designers, cinematographers, all the way down to the makeup artists and set decorators. Some more minimal than others, all have an artistic input to the production of a film.

Much like films, video games are a collaborative art form.  Some games have reportedly taken over 5 years to fully develop.
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