GamesPeoplePlay is a mobile-game deathmatch tournament to decide what InMobi’s favourite game is. Every episode features two games squaring off against each other. InMobians play these games and decide which one is better. This continues till a winner is crowned. Oh, and we get to have a ton of fun while doing so!
Are video games art? Can the simple video game, meant primarily to entertain, be considered a legitimate art form?
The simple answer of course is yes.
The Pac Mona Lisa. (Source)
Art is a form of expression, communication of emotion. Art is meant to evoke and provoke. It is an expression or application of human creative skill and imagination.
Video games are all of this and more. For further proof, join us as we take you through the grand halls of the Gaming Museum. The first exhibit you will see, way back from the early 60’s is Spacewar! Go past the Nolan Bushnell statue and you will find a playable replica of Computer Space, the world's first commercially sold coin-operated video game — and indeed, the first commercially sold video game of any kind. Oh but we’re only getting started. Take a right at the Ralph Baer painting and you will see Pong, Space Invaders and Tetris. Take a measured sip of the chardonnay in your hand while you gaze at these masterpieces.
At the very end of the museum you will find a section dedicated to the mobile game and it is here that we meet our contestants for episode 6 of #GamesPeoplePlay.
We asked InMobi Japan’s Jo Okawara, video game enthusiast and art connoisseur, to play these two games and give us his thoughts.
This time Jo was asked just one simple question. Which of the two games is a work of art?
Jo: The beauty here is the duality of the two games. Paperama is all about patiently creating something beautiful from blank pieces of virtual paper while Smash Hit involves destroying sculpted crystal objects.
In a sense I’d say that they’re both works of art. I can go from stressed to calm while playing Smash Hit and vice versa in the tougher levels of Paperama. [laughs]. But if I was forced to pick, I’d say Smash Hit as the experience is very immersive.
All art is subjective and it might be criminal to compare two works of art. Alas! In the cutthroat world of #GamesPeoplePlay we were forced to pick a winner in our quest to find InMobi’s favourite game. Over the course of the last two months, a bunch of InMobians have played different games, posed for quirky photos and answered tough questions. In the end only two games remain:
Smash Hit vs Aerox
Stay tuned for the final showdown. We hope you enjoyed this little visit to the Gaming Museum.
Exit Stage Left.
Episode 1: Agent Dash vs Skyline Skaters
Episode 2: Smash Hit vs BREAKFINITY
Episode 3: Paperama vs Dots
Episode 4: Aerox vs Stay In The Line
Episode 5: Agent Dash vs Aerox