Are Video Games Art?

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I argue that by any major definition of art many modern video games should be considered art. Rather than defining art and defending video games based on a single contentious definition, I offer reasons for thinking that video games can be art according to historical, aesthetic, institutional, representational and expressive theories of art. Overall, I argue that while many video games probably should not be considered art, there are good reasons to think that some video games should be classified as art. I also show that the debates over the artistic status of chess and sports offer some insights into the status of video games.
Keywords video games  art  sport  philosophy of film
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    Grant Tavinor (2010). Videogames and Aesthetics. Philosophy Compass 5 (8):624-634.
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