Before we debate in class, you're going to need to beef up your opinion by writing a slightly longer blog post. I'll help you out. A bit. ;)
How do you think the topic was covered? Do you think anything was missing from the discussion? If anything was left out, what do you wish you could have contributed? Do you have any suggestions, based on what you know about video games?
Recently, the Smithsonian had an exhibit dedicated to video games, presenting them as a new form of art. Read the article by Naina Singh to gain a bit more understanding of our issue.
While you listen to the broadcast, be sure to jot down quotes that you think would help you defend your stance. If you are going to make a reference to the program, be sure to provide a link in your blog post to give credit to the person whose idea you are presenting. Keep this in mind while you read the article about the Smithsonian exhibit as well. If you are unsure as to how to link to their sites, just ask me & we can do this together!
I know that you'll do a great job exploring this topic and defending your opinion once it is formed. It might be interesting to see if your point of view changes in any way while you are researching this topic!
Be sure to include examples of video games that illustrate your points while you present your ideas on your blog. Are some video games a bit more artsy? Why? Are some games only meant to entertain? If they are, has art been ignored for the sake of entertainment?
As you might have already guessed, yes, this is part of your final task. We will be discussing our main learning goal and our success criteria in class together, so if you're reading this over the Christmas break, be prepared to contribute! We'll chat about this assignment and explore your ideas about what will make this project 'successful'.
Some ideas to consider:
- What video games have you played? How does video game design connect entertainment to art?
- Do you think you enjoy video games that are designed with more thought?
- Try to find any galleries that consider video games as legitimate forms of art. What if you could contact someone at that gallery to contribute to your blog post in some way? Wouldn't that be cool??
- Use social media to the best of your ability! Have you ever surveyed anyone? How is this done?
- Interview people and get their perspectives. Record your conversations and use them in a podcast & embed it in your blog!
- Play a few games!! Try a new game & see it through the eyes of a critic -- enjoy playing, but also think of why it's fun. Did design have anything to do with it?
- There are people on Twitter who really enjoy this topic. Find them & get their opinion to help you & your project! Hmmm, how would you find these people.....?
- Is there a creative way to present your project? You can keep it to a simple blog post, but what if you could do something more??? Will you make your project interactive somehow? You don't want it to be boring, do you? Well then, don't make it boring? THIS IS A PROJECT ABOUT GAMES!!! MAKE IT FUN!!! (**don't forget to cover all the criteria though! :) )
**reference to MoMA: http://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/2012/11/29/video-games-14-in-the-collection-for-starters/
**CBC survey/comments: http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2012/04/are-video-games-a-form-of-art.html
**There was a reference to Dada -- read about the artists & reasoning about the very interesting art period here: http://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/themes/dada
**Some of the games mentioned in the broadcast (created by Jenova Chen): http://www.jenovachen.com
**John Maeda's article in Wired magazine (thanks to @NomadCreatives for the link)
**Are Video Games Art?: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/story/2012-03-12/video-games-smithsonian/53502696/1?csp=34life (thanks to @MoMAlearning for the link)