No kidding, right? Journey–the PSN exclusive game–continues to rake in awards and praise with the announcement of it’s Grammy nomination for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. This is the first Grammy nomination for a video game. Ever.
In a moment of girlish weakness, I wiped a single tear from my cheek as the concept of video games being considered a modern medium of art and narrative story telling–just like cinema and television–seems not that far over the horizon. With games going deeper into the human condition (such as the soon-to-be-my-favorite-game The Last of Us), video games are making history as a form of art that goes beyond what was possible in other media. Cinema, literature, and traditional forms of art are all considered acceptable by the mainstream as a source for story and deep self reflection, but video games have yet to be taken seriously this way.
But what video games can offer that these accepted forms of media art can’t? A chance for the user to engage in an interactive experience–making a video game and the gamer’s own interpretation of it his or her own. Video games can take narrative storytelling and art to a whole new level with “choice” games like Mass Effect, Heavy Rain, etc., and the player’s ability to influence the outcomes makes gaming an active experience of art, rather than just watching characters on a movie screen do their thing.
Mainstream media has not been kind to our beloved source of entertainment. And with this great step forward, I can only hope that as time goes on video games continue to break their constraints and evolve to be an accepted medium of art–and get the accolades they deserve.
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