Divinity: Original Sin 2
Video games are not considered a form of art the way a Picasso or a Da Vinci is perceived. Video games are thought of as frivolous entertainment, pop art at best, not worthy of serious intellectual consideration. In my view, however, video games and similar interactive creations are the most advanced form of art in existence and worthy of study. In terms of visual production, a single video game contains more art than any previous artistic era- with a few added bonuses. It is art that you can create on the fly, interact with it, experience it with multiple senses. The video game design becomes a tangible reality. And you, as a player, become a part of that design, a participant in the broad digital strokes that make your own reality a work of art.
Living your life like a work of art
If you could live inside a work of art, which one would you choose?
No, this is not a trick question.
Perhaps you have a cheery disposition and would love to enter the joyful fields of Van Gogh sunflowers and starry heavens; maybe you’re the gloomy type who would love nothing better than to stroll up to a bridge and shout out a Munchian scream; maybe you’re the kind that likes to be tickled and would be thrilled to melt in the carnal folds of a Dalian dream.
Video games give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of art. You can live in far out visions of the future or in adventurous scenes of an alternate past. Every frame is a masterpiece. No, they will not grace the art houses of Europe, no one will forge them, or give them any awards for their artistic genius. But make no mistake, video games are some of the most powerful forms of artistic expression at our disposal. They show us what reality can be when we decide to live it as art. I look forward to the day, Goddess willing, when all reality around me becomes an artistic expression, an open world splashed with the aesthetics of virtual light.
All screengrabs by @litguru