Double Fine thinks games are art, but it’s okay if you don’t

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 21 June 2012 19:31 GMT

Double Fine’s Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert believe games are art, but if other people don’t feel the medium can be considered such, that’s fine. No need to argue over it.

Speaking with GameFront and Wil Wheaton at E3, Schafer said: “I feel like, we think it’s art when we make it … I think it’s art. I think most people who play them mostly think it’s art, if they think about it at all, so I think that’s kind of the end of the argument.

“I’m sure there was a time when movies first started that they weren’t considered art, and it’s not like movies went to the world of literature and said, ‘Please, could you say that we’re art?’” he said. “They didn’t ask permission from fine painting, they just did what they did and they took it seriously, and that’s where people started considering it art.”

Gilbert said the studio’s opinion on the matter has nothing to do with other whose opinions differs, the argument is still potentially debatable, but no longer practically applicable.

“If you don’t think that video games are art, that’s fine, don’t think that they’re art,” Gilbert said. “I do and a lot of other people do.”

There you go. Opinions aren’t wrong because they aren’t facts.

Watch the entire video interview below, where Schafer also discusses the benefits of Steam and the “joke,” that DRM, which Gilbert thinks is a “dumb thing.”

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