The Arts are known to be a field for creative geniuses whose creations appeal to the masses at a completely different level. Literature, sculpture, painting, music and countless other art forms and their creators have attained timeless reverence. Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo, were masters of several crafts and are considered artistic greats even today. Beethoven and Mozart too are revered by lovers of music across generations while works of Homer, Socrates and Confucius are included in many a modern day educational curriculum. Even movies have grown into the category if art with several directors and script writers being considered modern day masters of this art form. There has recently been a wave of opinions that say that video and PC games too should be considered as works of art.
While most people from older generations are cynical about this suggestion so did generations past mock the prospect of movies being an art form. However, wider acceptance and influence has led to cinema and theatre being included in this category. Just like the movies, video and PC games too take a high degree of creativity and effort. It takes an expert to come up with visionary concepts of games. It takes a lot of thought and planning to form a detailed storyline that appeals to the mind and heart. Finally, it takes expert execution to develop a game that is graphically rich, high on content and is loved by the masses.
‘Non-Gamers’ or people who are not into playing video or PC games often consider it to be a childish waste of time but the same can be said about movie buffs who spend at least a few hours in a day lodged on a couch in front of a television set or are regular visitors to the local cinema hall! For a large chunk of the youth, characters in games are as popular and well known as movie characters, the fine points of the game being appreciated as much as the details of a master’s painting. Art form or not, gaming remains a widely popular form of entertainment.