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Games as Art; Valve (Research Blog4)

This is a wonderfully explorative article on videogames as art centered on Valve’s 2007 title, Portal. The piece makes no effort to hide its scope or ambition, as it opens by pairing a quote from Picasso with a quote from the game: “‘We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.’—Pablo Picasso: The Arts (1923)” and “‘The cake is a lie.’—Portal (Valve, 2007).”

I’m pretty ashamed to say that my catalog of completed games does not include Portal. I’m still clinging to the hope that I will finish my load of games from the previous two generations before trying modern classics like Portal and The Last of Us. That being said, this article is an absolute treasure trove in terms of identifying artistic merit in games, and excerpts from the language therein can without doubt serve as focus points that I can apply to other games I’m more familiar with.

Burden, Michael, and Sean Douglas. “Game Studies – The Algorithmic Experience: Portal as Art.” Game Studies – Issue 1202, 2012. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 June 2013. <http://gamestudies.org/1202/articles/the_algorithmic_experience&gt;.




One thought on “Games as Art; Valve (Research Blog4)

  1. I think it really is important to understand that many game developers, writers, and everyone else on the team, thinks a lot about art when creating a game. The fact that the article focuses on Portal is interesting mainly because I just replayed Portal 2 a few weeks ago so it is fresh in my mind. At the beginning of the game, you are trapped in a room and woken up. A voice starts talking that is trying to calm you down. It forces you to stare at a piece of art on a wall and listen to classical music. While it is more humorous in the game, it still shows that the people that created the game truly understand that art has its importance in every part of life.

    Posted by jamesste | June 28, 2013, 11:58 am

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