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Can video games be classed as art? This is the challenging aesthetic question I address in my new essay, Video Games as Successful Art . Drawing on the work of Tom Bissell , I offer one definition of "art" that seems to fit very well with video games, as well as with literature and paintings. In this case, art is defined as a work which makes full use of the opportunities for expression that are available to it. Video games have available to them multiple media for expression (audio-visual, sim.. Now that the Russell Group has officially welcomed Durham, Exeter, Queen Mary UoL, and York to its list of member institutions, it's worth revisiting a 2009 Times Higher Education piece about mission groups : “…Michael Arthur, head of the Russell Group, argued that giving research money to universities other than the 25-30 top institutions amounted to funding ‘mediocrity'.