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Homo Ludens and its importance for Videogames

Wait, don't leave because you think “Oh no, not a 'Why games are Art' Blog AGAIN“. Because, this is not really what this blog post is about.

When discussions about that topic arose again because of some random person that people in Europe don't even know of and should not care about because he has no experience with modern videogames what so ever, I did what I thought was best: I shut my mouth. I did not feel the need to enter the discussion.

The whole discussion around videogames being art or not is in my opinion interesting in one specific way: It is the very same discussion, that has been led when it comes to movies. During the 1910s and 1920s, the question if movies are art or not, was quite big and filled the Feuilletons of many newspapers. People like Roger Ebert have forgotten about the history of the medium they love so much and ask a question that is irrelevant at best, because:

Games are the foundation of every culture. They don't need to be art, because they define art.
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About Subenuone of us since 9:57 AM on 09.07.2008

Fulltime Journalist for the daily newspaper "Letzebuerger Journal". Former News Editor over at www.Sega-Addicts.com. I also wrote a few frontpage stories here on Destructoid....

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