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Are video games art? – The Daily Download visits the V&A museum

The Victoria and Albert museum has an exciting exhibition on the way. It’s called “Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt” and it promises to provide a “unique insight into the design process behind a selection of groundbreaking contemporary videogames”. This exhibition, which opens in September, is just one example of the many ways video games are rising to the forefront in mainstream culture. Once a marginalised medium, it’s now difficult to deny that games are a cultural force comparable to film, music and literature.

One question tends to get asked quite a lot still, though, and that’s “Are video games art?” It’s a can of worms, certainly. There are myriad ways games differ from the things we usually think worthy of the title – they tend to demand active attention rather than passive consumption, for example There are also many different types of game, all with different levels of artistic intention behind them.

Hoping to find an answer to this question – as well as just wanting to find out more about the exhibition – Elle travelled to the V&A museum for a special edition of The Daily Download.

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