Can A Video Game Be A Work Of Art?

Can A Video Game Be A Work Of Art?

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Video games, since their creation, have provided hours upon hours of entertainment. From Atari to the more recent gaming devices like the Playstation or the X-Box variations, they've all created a vivid series of games for our entertainment. We've come a long way from Galaga and Pac-Man. In more current video games, graphics and general design have improved substantially. World building in the games has also been increased so that games like Skyrim can be played for infinite time spans.

Thousand of man hours have been put into these games, and not just by the people that play them. With the better graphics, designs and world building, some would classify video games as an art while others would dispute against it. So, are video games a form of art?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, art is defined as, "something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings." Following the actual definition, video games would fall under the category of art. Those who design video games are similar to those who create sculptures, paintings or even write literature. People use codes and artwork to create the graphics choices in the game, including character building.

All of the maps, scenery and background objects are also created in a similar way to enhance the design of the game. The graphics and design aren't only influenced by artistic expression, though. The storyline of the video game also involves a lot of creative freedoms in order to progress the game. There are often a long series of choices that you can make in order to get yourself to the end goal of the game.

However, art doesn't always fall under stereotypical definitions. Sometimes, art is created mainly for the emotional effect that it has or will have on people when they see it. Engaging with art and recognizing certain emotions due to it is often a solid that whatever it happens to be is indeed a piece of art. For instance, I often feel a sense of calm and serenity when listening to Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata."

When looking at Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night, I often feel a sense of excitement and happiness. Art effects us all in one way or another, whether openly or subconsciously. The question, then, is do video games cause us to feel that same sense of emotion? Now, many gamers will admit that they often feel a plethora of emotions when playing games. However, these emotions aren't often due to the beauty of the game.

More often than not, the emotions come from trying to defeat a big boss and continuously having to respawn or from having just won the really big battle in which you finally received the special armor you had been trying to get for days. However, in games like The Witcher III, the effects are so vivid that one can't help but to say "Wow!" So in this aspect too, it seems that video games fall under the category of art.

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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