Let’s put this baby to bed right now.
By gaming, I mean the act of getting together with your friends and creating something at the table together, however it is that you enjoy doing so. By art, I mean the creation of something that has beauty and meaning, something that takes technique and craft to create.
When folks say that gaming is not art, they often say something either dismissive about their own gaming or try to make art into something that only snobs aspire to and intellectual shits attempt to create. I hate that we will dismiss our own games’ meaning and beauty and I hate that the word -art- can be twisted into something distant and awful.
In one thread I remember reading about this subject, one of the posters said something like, “What I do with my friends isn’t art, it is more like a punk band rocking out in a garage.” A punk band rocking out in a garage is fucking art and it is the exact kind of art that I would compare to gaming.
Gaming is absolutely the act of getting together with friends and rocking out, often loudly, often badly but since the only audience are the other people in the garage, it isn’t about the outside presentation but about the experience of it. Creating something that you can present to the people outside of the experience (despite what my love of AP posts might indicate) is not what gaming is about. This art is about creating something that stirs up the people who are directly involved.
Gaming is about frying your amplifiers and breaking a few guitar strings and hitting hard cords with friends so that the echo off the garage walls makes your eardrums hurt and to hell with the neighbors and to hell with anyone outside of the band who claims that your glorious noise is poorly wrought.