Hey guys, I was listening to episode 132 and Garnett was furiously defending 12 Monkeys against Looper ("puts that movie to shame"), when I thought about an old topic you guys talked about a while back. Whether video games represent an art form. Well yeah, I think so. Here's my argument (borrowed from a very sophisticated non-philosopher Sir Ernst Gombrich and his major work, "Art and Illusion"):
Gombrich defended the general art form from titans such as Aristotle and Plato via historical perspective! Who the hell is Roger Ebert compared to them? Hell, he's not even an "ideal critic" according to David Hume's essay "Of the Standrad of Taste", violating at least 2 requirements. The main point of Gombrich's argument is that pictorial representation has a history, where art students get exposed to the history of art, and as a result improve on this history by creating superior art. Video Games, therefore, is a media that progressively develops very rapidly, as an art form. Remember the memories of your favorite old games? Try playing them now, they all look like crap, you can't even see anything behind those pixels! However, Gombrich argues art should NOT be judged by the conventions available now. In other words, I'm taking philosophy in college, but barely post here even though I've been listening since ep. 1. Thought I'd maybe bring an old conversation back. Keep up the good work, Cheers.