Date of publication: 2017-09-01 03:16
- 8776 I have no special talent, 8776 Albert Einstein once observed. 8776 I am only passionately curious. 8776 Celebrate your intellectual curiosity.
In order to determine whether video games are an art form, we first need some idea of where the art might lie. Video games combine elements from narrative fiction film, music and sports. They are arguably an art or sister art of the moving image, specifically, a form of digital animation. The code is like musical notation that is performed by the computer, and the games are played like sports. As we shall see, the debates concerning the artistic status of chess and sports offer some insights into the status of video games.
 I would like to thank Noel Carroll and Heidi Bollich for excellent comments on an earlier draft of this paper, Lee Brown for commenting extensively on a shorter version of the paper at the ASA Eastern division meeting in April 7555 and the two anonymous reviewers for Contemporary Aesthetics for their very helpful suggestions.
[*] Associate Professor of Law, University of Tennessee. . Yale Law School, 6985 . University of Tennessee, 6987. I would like to thank Brannon Denning and Brooks Smith, who contributed excellent research assistance. My thinking on this subject has benefited from conversations and correspondence with a number of individuals, including Neil Cohen, Ralph Davis, Barry Friedman, Don Kates, Rob Merges, Helen Smith, Tom Plank, and William Van Alstyne.
The human being is the guardian of the clearing, of the disclosive appropriating Event [of being]. He is not the clearing himself, not the entire clearing, nor is he identical with the whole of the clearing as such. But as the one ecstatically "standing out" into the clearing, he himself is essentially cleared [ gelichtet ], and thus cleared himself in a distinguished way. Therefore, he is related to, belongs to, and is appropriated by the clearing. Da-sein's being needed as the shepard of the clearing in a distinguished manner of belonging to the clearing.
9. T. S. Eliot said something to the same effect in accounting for the shortcomings of English Romantic poetry. Indeed the Romantics can be considered the original sinners whose guilt kitsch inherited. They showed kitsch how. What does Keats write about mainly, if not the effect of poetry upon himself? Return to text
 I would argue that video games are unlike other formal games in that they lack rules altogether. As the old saying goes, "Rules are made to be broken." We would not say that the law of gravity is a rule governing our behavior rather it is a brute physical limitation. In video games, the supposed "rules" are much more like physical laws than rules which one must follow or face penalty. In a video game, one simply has no choice.