In this essay, I hope to entertain, without full-on commitment, some ideas and their implications regarding the nature of art.
I want to answer the question of when a video game is art. This first requires asking what art is; or in this case, what a singular work of art is in an ontological sense. What do the Mona Lisa, Michelangelo’s David, Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones and Super Mario Bros. have in common with each other? What can we say art is if all of these are considered to be art? We must first establish the very basic elements of art.
“Where am I now, in the present?” Is there not some context missing in this question? To answer it, one would ideally need to know a bit about the outside circumstances of whatever or whoever is asking the question in order to communicate anything significant. Let me hastily throw some context your way, dear reader.