Game devs, please stop using the “art game” claim, it makes no sense. What does it mean? What are you trying to say with it? That the game may bore me but I must not pay attention to it because it’s art? That I must get involved with it in a deeper way than other games? Does people refer to some painting as “art paintings” instead of “painting”? Or “art music”? No? Why is that? Maybe because it’s useless. A game is a game, and as any other form of art, it has infinite variations to it. Let me be the one that finds meaning or a message in your work and see if it represent something to me or not. Devs are using the term “art games” as an excuse for something, and no game needs it, because all games are art. And art, for me, resides more in the observer than the maker. Telling me that something is art is like explaining a joke. If I’m not laughing, it’s because it’s not funny to me, and that’s it. If your work doesn’t speak to me, leave it at that, and don’t embarrass yourself by using the “be aware it’s an art game” claim. -------- This is a post from our blog (heavyboat.com/devblog). I'm posting it here because i think it can be the kick start for a good discussion.