Can games be art, and should we care either way? Every culture respects some activities and objects as 'art', and grants to these a certain esteem that is entirely apart from their practical uses...the question of whether games can be art is misguided, because all art is a kind of game. To understand why this is so, there's no better place to start than looking at the relationship between games and stories.
Here the author Chris Bateman covers the connections between stories, gaming, and art. How cool! I really like his points about the similarities and differences between games and stories because there is too much written out there saying every game needs storytelling to be effective. But what the heck does that really mean? This article does a nice job explaining it all -- and linking it to art.
As he says, "...because when we look at books and films as artworks we judge their artistic merits to a great degree on the quality of the story they produce, and the techniques they use to evoke that story, and thinking in this way makes games look like a poor candidate for the esteem afforded to art."
But gaming, art and stories to go together -- and there's more to this statement as Chris shares with us in the article! Enjoy the read.