Bogost on Videogames and Art

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"See, the games community has it backwards: the point is not to "legitimize" games as art, whatever that would mean," said Ian Bogost, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Digital Media, addressing the National Endowment for the Arts' inclusion of digital games as a potential recipient of funding, which some media outlets have interpreted as legitimizing games as art. "The point is not to shoehorn games into some received, stable, agreed upon notion of what art is, as if there is such a notion. The point is to ask the question, what do videogames do to art? How do they change art, turning it into something new? It's encouraging that the NEA has invited us to consider this question. But its answers are hardly a foregone conclusion." Source: Gamasutra, May 18, 2011.

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Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

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digital games art, Ian Bogost, NEA
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