I've been nerding it up since 1985 with the nintendo. I graduated to D&D in '88 and oddly enough around the same time my stock in girls plummeted. My first big gaming experience was playing Dragon Warrior for the first time on the NES and realizing that you don't always have to start over when playing a game. You can move ahead in increments, such a simple thing blew my mind. I didn't even know what an RPG was at that point I just knew I loved it.
Now most of my time is spent playing music and video games. I have played in a few very underground bands that released CDs on a couple different labels. Currently spending more time with games and taking a long break from music so that when I find it again, I can love it. Hedonism is my god, and I'm a level 33 enjoyer of stuff and what not.
Oh yeah, I LOVE TV. I know, Henry Rollins would be very disappointed in me, but I love TV series shows like True Blood, Futurama, Carnivale, Deadwood, Rome, The Pillars of the Earth and many others. I would state some bands but it will just seem like I'm trying too hard, which I already am, so I should quit while I'm behind...
I just watched one of the most jaw dropping gameplay footage videos I have ever seen. Bioshock: Infinite!!!
It looks to be one of the most incredible experiences. The style and emotion that is evoked within, to me, constitutes art. From Roger Ebert's journal post, to my toilet, yes they can be!
I know, everyone always quotes the definition of art, but art in and of itself is subjective. So who are we to define how something affects someone else. If a movie, which is a 2 dimensional moving picture, with sound and story can be art, why can't a game that has ALL of those previously mentioned attributes PLUS the added ability to interact with that story not be art?
I recall a piece of art created by Yoko Ono wherein a person climbed a ladder to reach the top and use a magnifying glass to see the word "yes", scrawled in small print, at its precipice. Well if we were to use Ebert's definition, then that would not be art? (Accounting for taste being a whole different topic).
As man evolves, so does his ability to craft and create using many different mediums. Sure, maybe Pac-Man isn't art or Space Invaders, but if I find political statements, interesting atmosphere and characters that make a story feel intense within Bioshock: Infinite, is that not evocative of art?