EA: ignore the “is-it-art” debate

By Patrick Garratt, Tuesday, 12 February 2008 08:49 GMT


Writing on Gamasutra, EA producer Jim Preston has advised those bickering over whether or not games are art to realise they’ve missed the point and, essentially, get over it.

“To think that there is a single, generally agreed upon concept of art is to get it precisely backwards,” said Preston. “Americans’ attitude towards art is profoundly divided, disjointed and confused; and my message to gamers is to simply ignore the ‘is-it-art?’ debate altogether. Note, however, that I am not saying anything about art per se, or anything about art in any other culture. Rather, I would like to suggest that the US’s constant influx of immigrants, exiles, and refugees has led to a current artistic landscape that is so widely varied that the ‘is-it-art?’ debate is almost meaningless.”

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