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So as strange as it may sound, I'm on an extra cirriculum program (and have been for three years) called the Peterborough Insight Brilliant club because I'm Gifted and Talented. (Lies!)

This year I was set with the task of studying different video games, playing games out of my comfort, etc. Now I have to write a 6 - 10 paragraph essay, detailing why I think my selected game is 'art' and why it may not be 'art'.


I don't write a lot of essays, so I was wondering if anybody had some advice and tips to help me? I'd sure appreciate it!

My chosen game is

That Dragon, Cancer

It's an emotional, immersive game which was created after a true story of a boy named Joel who died from Cancer. It's sad, but I believe it's a prime example of a game that could be considered 'art'.

First of all, that's a really cool assignment!

I've only watched a playthrough of that game a couple months ago, so I may have forgotten some things. :P
That Dragon, Cancer isn't what you think of when you think of video game. In the reverse, when you think of video game, most people think of a first person shooter, or something that they play when they want to have a good time, and That Dragon, Cancer is none of those things. That Dragon, Cancer might be considered "art" because it expresses the emotions and actions of the dad(forgot what his name was at the moment), whereas other games are just "do this thing and get coins." But, it might also not be considered art in that the graphics are extremely simplistic, and it was simply a retelling of what happened, not using his imagination.

As for the actual writing part, write a list of reasons/things you want to talk about first. Write down everything that's on your mind, and you can re-organize everything later.

Hope I helped!

EterniGhost wrote:
First of all, that's a really cool assignment!

I've only watched a playthrough of that game a couple months ago, so I may have forgotten some things. :P
That Dragon, Cancer isn't what you think of when you think of video game. In the reverse, when you think of video game, most people think of a first person shooter, or something that they play when they want to have a good time, and That Dragon, Cancer is none of those things. That Dragon, Cancer might be considered "art" because it expresses the emotions and actions of the dad(forgot what his name was at the moment), whereas other games are just "do this thing and get coins." But, it might also not be considered art in that the graphics are extremely simplistic, and it was simply a retelling of what happened, not using his imagination.

As for the actual writing part, write a list of reasons/things you want to talk about first. Write down everything that's on your mind, and you can re-organize everything later.

Hope I helped!

Making a list first doesnt sound like a bad idea!

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