In seven rounds, eight surfers are sent to specific trails they must complete only by clicking real hyperlinks. During each round a surfer drops out. If after 15 minutes, more than one surfer is still working to reach the goal, a rush to cat/gif/earth-images speeds things up. No keyboard, no Google, no copy/paste … just real hyperlinks!
These were the 7 rounds:
Start here: http://www.amazon.com/
Surf to: http://www.thepiratebay.se/
Start here: http://play.google.com/
Surf to: http://www.itunes.com/
Start here: http://www.instagram.com/
Surf to: http://www.flickr.com/
Start here: http://www.kim.com/
Surf to: http://www.wikileaks.org/
Start here: http://www.lol.com/
Surf to: http://www.nooooooooooooooo.com/
Start here: http://www.so.cl/
Surf to: http://www.pinterest.com/
Start here: http://www.juanna.ch/
Surf to: http://www.gettyimages.com/
So try it yourself, just use your left mouse button.
The film critic Roger Ebert’s recent comments about video games and their potential as art, and especially the immense stir the comments caused on discussion forums all over the internet, shows the intrinsic interest there is in the question of whether video games are art. Of course, many people see the debate as entirely pointless, and there is the separate question of why we should want to establish that video games are art.
But the question remains, and it is entirely sensible: are video games art?