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Personally, I'm hesitant of an art/game divide. It already happend, and to me it divorces one bunch of games from another - one of which claims to be some sort of exclusive club. I think this is bad for the development of the medium, because game communities end up shunning that percieved exclusive bath of games. Or they put them on a pedestal and use them to judge the output of all future games. What we really need is integration.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2011 on Retro as Genre, Retro as Art at ihobo
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@Chris: Oh okay. Well, I guess your term, artlet, sort of refers to a new sub-genre of computer game. I suppose that's fine, if you prefer to see things in terms of genres. Book looks interesting. Might have to check it out (If it's not too lofty). :-)
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2011 on Retro as Genre, Retro as Art at ihobo
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In addition, if you're trying to find an alternative for 'Game', then I have found 'Play' (Said as a noun) to work fairly well in describing something that has a specific narrative purpose/focus, but which functions through interaction. But maybe these terms are ultimately unecessary.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2011 on Retro as Genre, Retro as Art at ihobo
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'But I did think this was a really good game and a good story.' -referring to 'the killer'.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2011 on Retro as Genre, Retro as Art at ihobo
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Artlet? Notgame? Not only do those terms sound very pretentious (And just plain bad), but they make it seem as though games prior to 'notgames' didn't have legitimate artistic status, or storytelling language, or weren't emotionally affecting - which is just plain wrong. Games all the way from Pong onwards have the same storytelling mechanics, tell stories, and in some way evoke some emotion. Sadness isn't the only emotion. It also doesn't make it art, just because the designer is travelling around the world by himself. Lots of game developers send people travelling to get texture photos and inspiration. But I did think this was a really good game and a good story.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2011 on Retro as Genre, Retro as Art at ihobo
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