James Paul Gee
Gee, J. P. (2006). Why game studies now? Video games: A new art form. Games and Culture, 1(1), 58-61. DOI: 10.1177/1555412005281788
Publication year: 2006

Video games are a new art form, and this, the author argues, is one good reason why now is the right time for game studies. As a new art form, one largely immune to traditional tools developed for the analysis of literature and film, video games will challenge researchers to develop new analytical tools and will become a new type of “equipment for living,” to use Kenneth Burke’s phrase for the role of literature. This article discusses several of the features that make video games a unique art form, features that will, the author believes, come to play a role in analyses of games in the emerging field of game studies.