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access_time November 7, 2013 at 1:03 PM in Culture by Charlie Grammer

Museum director states that video games are indeed art

MoMA director states games are indeed art.

MoMA director states games are indeed art.

The debate about whether video games are art or not has been going on for quite a while, and most of the time, when we hear talk about games on cable news, it’s not in a very flattering light.

It seems that yesterday, however, we had a bit of a different viewpoint expressed, and by a museum director. During MSNBC’s program, The Cycle, Touré sat down with Paola Antonelli, the senior curator for the Department Architecture and Design at the MoMA. They spoke about the inclusion of video games in the museum, talking about interaction design, some of Paola’s favorite games (which are Vib-Ribbon and Passage, if you are curious), and why they chose not to include any shooters in the collection.

The conversation was amazingly temperate, considering what we usually hear about games on shows like this, and Paola ended up stating that yes, video games are indeed art, but shooters are boring.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Paola’s assessment?

Thanks, MSNBC (via Kotaku)!

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