Interesting post by Mark Guzdial and comments discussing some of the hype about how video games are “the new liberal arts.”
Games are “the new liberal arts”? Games as the “folk music of the 1960s”? My experience with games don’t go that deep. I find if I think about them too hard, there’s nothing there but the assumptions and world-view of the game author. A great example of the bottom not being too deep is the SimCity game player who famously told Sherry Turkle in The Second Self, “If you raise taxes, people riot.” Can games really be as deep as great literature, or great music? I suppose it’s possible, but I haven’t seen it yet.