So I was sitting at the old homestead listening to a guy from Penny Arcade talking about games as art, and my first thought was cool, I can see it but only in theory. Games can occassionally touch a button that evoke an emotional response other than fear or humor but its extremely rare. Mass Effect comes to mind, prior to everyone getting butt hurt over the ending, and Bioshock is often called out as a classic "almost artful" game, but is it really?
Here's my question, what game has effected you in a way that didn't require you to add "Bro did you see me 360 no scope that dude".
Case in point a photo, taken years ago by a National Geographic photographer. I won't post a link because there are probably copyright issues but just google "The Afghan Girl". The picture was taken in the seventies after the Russian Invasion....look at the picture for a few minutes, notice the feral look, the scar on her nose, imagine her life, apply a little empathy "that my friend is art". Not some weird little puppet dancing along sanddunes to some happy or unhappy afterlife....Sorry I liked Journey but it certainly wasn't what I would consider art, but it was close for a game. I'd like your opinions...I have lots of Vodka and would enjoy hearing your responses.