Ueda: Games can be art depending on the definition

Thursday, 3rd March 2011 11:18 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Team ICO head Fumito Ueda has stated that, depending on the circumstances, videogames can be classed as art, but varies on which definition it can be classed as.

Speaking to Kotaku during a recent demo of The Last Guardian in Japan, Ueda explains the two sides of the argument.

“There are usually two classifications of art: high art and low art,” he said. Ueda believes that high art is based on the classical sense, with low art being movies and anime.

“But when you are talking about art, the word art, people tend to think you are talking about the first definition, which is a narrow definition. So if we are using that definition, then I do not think video games are art.”

That said, if the second definition that describes art for the masses, then Ueda is in agreement that games are art.

As for how he tends to generally see his own games in that way, Ueda explained all that in a new interview with GameSpot, which you can watch below. In a gist, he said ICO is “more computer entertainment than a videogame.

But what about Shadow of the Colossus and Last Guardian?

“As for Shadow, we focused more on the videogame element. And here, on The Last Guardian, we focused more on the computer entertainment.”

The Last Guardian’s out this holiday season for PS3.



  1. DejaVu

    Most anticipated Game 2011!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. osric90

    Please stop talking to Ueda about art because I’ll start hating him. I love his games, I have each one of them and I’ll buy the collection and TLG, but PLEASE stop talking to him about art because everything coming out of his mouth is crap.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DeathJynx

    Video games can most definitely be art. @ #2 I think you might be forgetting cultural differences.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. osric90

    @3 I think videogames are art because they express, tell, make us feel and mix most of the previous arts into something different and may be better, that’s why I hate how Ueda complicates himself with “art” definitions such as “low” and “high”. If he believes games are not “high art” and anime either (Ghost in the Shell, anyone?) well, poor dude.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DeathJynx

    I think that is something lost in translation. I am sure he does not think of games/anime as a “lower form” of art. Probabley quite the contray. I think he just means to make note that although a video game will never sell an original draft for millions and be locked up in a high security museum… it is still undoubtabley art.

    #5 4 years ago

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