Blog: Art is a Dirty Word (Thoughts From BAFTA)

One of the benefits of being a student is you get to attend things you otherwise wouldn’t be invited to for free. One of the benefits of attending things you otherwise wouldn’t be invited to for free is the free drinks.

On a wintry Tuesday evening we made the trek over to BAFTA’s glitzy Piccadilly property for its Annual Video Games Lecture. Speaking this year were Bioware men Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk. To an audience of some 100 people the duo responsible for the best Star Wars story in 31 years delivered a talk on the popular topic of videogames as art and did a remarkable job of alluding to just about every EA franchise in the mega-publisher’s canon in the space of 90 minutes. Videogames are art, was the message, and if you disagree well then you probably haven’t played too many of them. (It’s worth mentioning here that for the Doctors, to qualify as art the article in question needs to evoke an emotional response within the receiver and they cite Tolstoy repeatedly.)

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