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I’m a contributing voice at Ordinary Times and Pixels or Death who writes about comic books, video games, and American politics. When I’m not preparing for the end times, you can find me on Twitter at @ethangach.

Location:Philadelphia

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Let’s be clear: Just because it’s a video game doesn’t mean it’s art

Between the time when Roger Ebert initially claimed that video games could not be art and now, something happened. I’ll begin this essay by briefly retracing the trajectory of “video games as art” as I see it. Once upon a time, only a fringe group of sophisticates in the video game community were interested in this question. They wanted to do something more with the medium than just produce another Pac-Man, Zelda, or Doom. As a medium, like cinema, print, or any other, these people believed that video games could be created that were indeed “art.”