Video Gaming Finally Recognized as Art

The very first video games that emerged in the late 1970s and the early 1980s were more based on math, science and creative marketing than art. However, things have changed in recent years. From the invention of interactive gaming to the introduction of new and more vast color palettes, video gaming has gone from a monochromatic pastime for some to passionate creative endeavor for millions. As a result, the New York Museum of Modern Art has added on a new wing that details the history of video gaming from it’s inception to the present.

Home gaming consoles, handheld video gaming systems and tabletop arcade games can be demoed, viewed and observed at one of the most notable museums in the world. Prior to this, video games were not officially considered to be an art form. In fact, many art historians, critics and artists still do not consider gaming to be art. It seems that gaming is following a path similar to that followed by comics. While comics are still considered to be ‘low-brow’ art by many, both comic book artists and their works have been nominated for a number of honors.

The main argument in the ‘is gaming art’ debate seems to revolve around the fact that programming is an integral element of video games. Like computer art, video games are based on simulations. Without computers, video gaming would not exist. Other forms of art such as paintings and drawings can be created manually. As gaming becomes more advanced, the characters backgrounds and themes have also become more detailed and true to life. Gaming certainly has come a long way from Pong.

The New York Museum of Modern Art has announced plans to include even more games in its newest exhibit. More historically relevant tabletop arcade games and newer releases are expected to make the cut in the coming months. For now, fans and curious citizens can see what’s on display, and perhaps learn a thing or two about the history of gaming. Iconic characters such as Pac-Man and Sonic the Hedgehog may not be recognized as artistic masterpieces today, but to deny their influence on popular culture is impossible.