The Wow Climax: Tracing the Emotional Impact of Popular Culture

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Games, the New Lively Art

Another important element is a belief that creators are artists. At
the same time, however, it's necessary for us creators to be engi-
neers, because of the skill required for the creations.1

—Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo

Why can't these game wizards be satisfied with their ingenuity, their
$7 billion (and rising) in sales, their capture of a huge chunk of
youth around the world? Why must they claim that what they are
doing is “art”?… Games can be fun and rewarding in many ways,
but they can't transmit the emotional complexity that is the root of
art.2

—Jack Kroll, Newsweek

Let's imagine games as an art form. I know, I know—for many of
us in contact with the so-called real arts, the notion sounds preten-
tious. It also makes developers who are former computer science
majors edgy because it challenges assumptions that games are
founded upon technology. Still, it's a useful concept. It's especially
useful when we start to think about the mediocre state of our pro-
fession and about ways to elevate our aims, aspirations, and atti-
tudes.3

—Hal Barwood, LucasArts

Over the past three decades, computer and video games have progressed from the primitive two-paddles-and-a-ball Pong to the sophistication of Final Fantasy, a participatory story with cinema-quality graphics that unfolds over nearly 100 hours of game play, or Black & White, an ambitious moral tale where the player's god-like choices between good and evil leave tangible marks on the landscape.4 The computer game has been a killer app for the home PC, increasing consumer demand for vivid graphics, rapid processing, greater memory, and better

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