Episode #123
The Art Of Video Games


Yes, video games are an art form. Today I give some love for the video games.

Music and links from this episode

  1. To run in an elevator in a dream in a fiction in space by Monplaisir
  2. Simplify and Black Riders Anthem by Little Glass Men
  3. YFMIFY by Alpha Hydrae

Line-by-line notes

  1. Videogames have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember
  2. I don’t remember much of my youth
  3. Because I have a terrible memory for important things like that
  4. But I do remember pretty much all of my video game consoles
  5. And boy, did I have a lot of them
  6. Atari, Commodore 64, NES, SNES, Dreamcast, Mastersystem, N64, Playstation, XBOX… I’ll stop there
  7. Today I want to talk about design in a different medium
  8. The video game
  9. This is AADA, and I’m Craig Burgess
  10. MUSIC
  11. Video games are dismissed
  12. And they’re dismissed a lot
  13. They’re dismissed because they’re dangerous,
  14. they’re silly,
  15. they rot your brain
  16. they make you fat
  17. oh yeah, and they inspire you to kill people, rape people, or generally do harm you wouldn’t normally do to people
  18. And finally, Games are for kids, right?
  19. Wrong
  20. Despite making a cool $91 billion per year globally
  21. And that’s more than Hollywood by the way
  22. Video games still aren’t taken seriously
  23. They’re not considered a serious medium
  24. And they’re still seen by lots of people as something for kids
  25. People don’t say this about music, or books or films
  26. But they do still say it about video games
  27. And if I was to tell you that video games are art
  28. I’d be laughed out of at least 50% of the rooms I walked into
  29. But, they ARE art
  30. And they’re more engrossing than every other artistic medium that exists today
  31. Games have made me laugh, made me sad, made me scared, and made me question my entire existence
  32. Sometimes they’re throwaway experiences and sometimes they’re serious
  33. Every single one of them have affected me in a way no other traditional art form could do
  34. And it’s all because video games have a secret trick up their sleeve
  35. It’s because they’re interactive
  36. And this is the power that video games has over any other medium
  37. Sure, some pieces of art can be interactive
  38. But a lot of it isn’t
  39. And most pieces of music you listen to you can’t affect with your actions
  40. And most movies you watch don’t change depending on what button you press
  41. This is the power of video games
  42. And it turns it into a completely different art form
  43. Just that one simple thing—interactivity—pulls you in to it SO much
  44. The fact that it’s me controlling my character walking down a corridor
  45. And I’m not just watching passively somebody walk down a corridor
  46. Enhances the experience ten fold
  47. And then when we extrapolate that out to experiencing different things
  48. Driving a car I could never afford to buy
  49. Or running around in an action game doing things I could never dream of doing
  50. Games become much more than what they appear to be on the surface
  51. Not only are they easy ways to escape from the humdrum of normal life
  52. They’re easy ways to experience things you’d never hope to experience
  53. Games allow you to live your dreams, quite literally
  54. People who make video games are making dreams
  55. And then unleashing them on the public to let these dreams by experienced by lots of people
  56. I’m not trying to use hyperbole here, I’m being genuine
  57. If you don’t like playing video games
  58. Or you’ve never got into them
  59. I urge you to go give them another chance
  60. Start with something like Unchartered, an absolute modern day masterpiece
  61. And come back in 2 months time and tell me you didn’t experience something really special
  62. Games are an art form, no matter what anybody says
  63. They’re a very special art form unlike anything else
  64. And they’ll always have a special place in my heart
  65. MUSIC
  66. This was AADA, and I’m Craig Burgess
  67. Music featured in this episode was:
    1. To run in an elevator in a dream in a fiction in space by Monplaisir
    2. Simplify and Black Riders Anthem by Little Glass Men
    3. YFMIFY by Alpha Hydrae
  68. For a line by line run down, go over to askadesigneranythingdotcom/ep123
  69. I’m back tomorrow

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