Together with my friend and colleague Archibald van Wieringen, I have published a new academic monography with the title: Video Games as Art. A Communication-Oriented Perspective on the Relationship between Gaming and the Art. It has been published at De Gruyter in Oldenbourg in their series “Video Games and the Humanities”.
Video games are a relative late arrival on the cultural stage. While the academic discipline of game studies has evolved quickly since the 1990s, academia is only beginning to grasp the intellectual, philosophical, aesthetical, and existential potency of the new medium. The same applies to the question whether video games are (or are not) art in and on themselves. Based on the Communication-Oriented Analysis, the authors assess the plausibility of games-as-art and defi ne the domains associated with this question.