Recently, I had conducted two surveys relating to my research question which is ‘do videogames hold artistic merit’ and from the feedback I have received so far, it seems that the group of peers who were surveyed did indicate that we do hold video games as an art form somewhat. The interesting paradigm here from the survey I have found that we generally are told from a young age what is art and what is not, what I have also found is that secondary education also alters our perception of what art is. The elephant in the room here is the simple yet ultimately loaded question of ‘what is art?’ This is probably the most ambiguous question yet, many seem to believe that there is no question of what art is. For the majority, art is Michelangelo’s David or Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and that’s just about it.
From the survey I have conducted, we also found that there seems to be a need for this subject to be further explored. So far the research done into this field has been very little to nil, and there seems to be little interest in the art world to look at digital media. I get the overriding sense that there is an ‘unwillingness’ to pursue any interest from established art academies and institutions world wide, but the popularity of videogames, their accessibility and availability is too hard to ignore. It is far easier for the average citizen to play a videogame than travel to The Louvre in Paris.