The Art of Video Games – How Video Games Have Become a Form of Art

When you do something for a very long time, if you put your mind into it, you often become very good at that one thing. Video game companies, developers, artists and entire teams behind video games, have been around for more than 30 years. Not to mention the older games, which are by today’s standards, primitive. Those developers are still around and are making art. Yes, art. Art has found a way into everything, from video games to advertisements and even best casino bonus codes. You can express yourself even when you are doing repetitive work like number crunching or data entry. 

For video games, however, art is an essential part. Here are some of the best representatives of art in video games.

 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

This game was released in 2015 by CD Projekt Red, a company from Poland, the same country out of which the Witcher originated, as a novel series. The company had previously released two more Witcher titles, all of which did some things great, like narration. The previous two installments of the game, however, didn’t have the graphics up to speed, or rather, the technology wasn’t there yet. For the third game in the series, the team went all out and developed a game which was stunning from both the visual point and that of narration. It is maintained to this day by an avid community of modders.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Speaking of modders, there isn’t a world where you mention art and not mention The Elder Scrolls series. Since Morrowing, the series has been a fan favorite and modders have tried their best to make the games relevant to this day, in terms of graphics, at least. Skyrim is the latest installment and it was released in 2011. It is still played by many players and the mods keep it alive, making it a literal playground for artists of all kinds, some who are more visually oriented, and others who like tweaking things as opposed to drawing them.

Planescape: Torment

This game is very old from a video game history standpoint. But, it stands the test of time as one of the best narrated games, ever. Its storyline has not been matched and it remains as one of the best role playing games out there. The visuals aren’t up to date, but the story definitely is. If you are more keen on reading than being entertained by visual effects, then this is the right game for you. It is replayable, meaning you can go through it multiple times and never get the same playthrough.

 

These are but some games which are an example of art. The Mass Effect series instantly come to mind, the STALKER series, Portal, Assassin’s Creed, even. There are many more games which are a work of art, and it is up to you to explore all of their charms and hidden gems.