A debate has been ongoing and a question has been posed. Can video games be art? A notable contender in this debate has been acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert who has said that “video games can never be art.” Certain people have contested him on this, most notably Kellee Santiago of thatgamecompany in her speech at the TED conference in 2009. Others, like Duncan Harris, could convey the entire argument for video games as art with a few simple screenshots.
Duncan Harris is renowned for his beautiful screenshots taken from actual games in motion. Using a series of modifications, he composes his frames using only his character and the in-game NPC’s (non-playable characters). The results can be staggering. His work is spread across a variety of games including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Bulletstorm, Portal 2, Super Mario Galaxy, Fallout 3, and more recently, last year’s game of the year, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Here are some examples from Skyrim followed by more after the break. [via Kotaku]
What do you think? Can video games be art? Leave us a comment here or on Facebook after you see more of Duncan’s screenshots below.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Super Mario Galaxy
Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas
Halo: Combat Evolved
For many more of Duncan’s screenshots or to download desktop wallpaper of his stills, visit his website.
Also, if you feel so inclined, I have a collection of my own screenshots which you can see here.