Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
There is a debate going on both within the burgeoning gaming industry and in public discourse about whether games can be considered art, and I wanted to introduce that question to our class. I also want to give exposure to this supremely necessary and interesting project. Developed by students at the Savannah College of Art and Design, they are challenging the notion of what constitutes a game while simultaneously bringing attention to a social ill using a medium that is oft-malign for it’s insensitivity. This is a gauntlet thrown down at major studios: “I think their [major gaming studios] mistake is putting too much behind authorial intent and not considering that games and art have a relationship with their audience and with culture just by existing.” Well said, sir, well said.