13th Entertainment Division Critiques
Japan Media Arts Festival may sound rather serious, but in fact, the entries are a veritable parade of unique and fun pieces. We encountered numerous works during the screening sessions, and as a result, were able to see the current trends of the art scene clearly. In that regard, we are fortunate as jury members to have been given such an opportunity. As with last year, few games were selected as award-winning works in the Entertainment Division. We see this as an indication that games as media arts have hit a wall, and will have to wait a while until they are able to break through again. On the other hand, the development of web and visual image works has been something of an eye-opener. As seen from the award-winning works, this year's Japan Media Arts Festival conveys the certain feeling that the digital world draws closer to the human element and has started gradually to take root in our lives.