5 good reasons games are not art

Roger Ebert has spoken out against games being considered an art form. Most gamers will tell you that Ebert doesn’t know what he’s talking about. But what if he’s right? Here are five reasons why it doesn’t matter if games are art.

John Robertson on The Dark Room, his merciless and hilarious YouTube game (interview)

John Robertson has created a monster. The Australian stand-up comedian’s YouTube adventure game The Dark Room has been played over 220,000 times in less than three weeks. While many have entered The Dark Room, few have found their way out, and the comments on YouTube are filled with cries of despair, from players trapped in Robertson’s devilishly clever puzzle-box adventure.

Atari game creator Al Alcorn talks about creating Pong and modern game industry

Allan Alcorn is a one of the wizards of Atari and one of the fathers of the video game industry. Back in the early 1970s, he got together with Nolan Bushnell to create coin-operated video games, such as an arcade version of the early game Spacewar! Bushnell asked Alcorn to make a simple ping pong game, a version of the Magnavox Odyssey’s tennis game, under a contract from General Electric.