"No one in or out of the field has ever been able to cite a game worthy of comparison with the great dramatists, poets, filmmakers, novelists and composers."
It seems to me that art is considered great based on the amount of emotional response it stirs up in the person interacting or observing whatever medium the art is based on.
I would almost agree with the gentleman speaking, almost.
There have been a few games that really get up into your soul, get under your skin and get your heart pounding.
Thats as close as the industry really gets, except for System Shock 2. That game was a bonafide masterpiece of art.
Maybe I'd even go so far as to say Gears of War 2 multiplayer can be some fantastic performance art, under certain situations, like when the last man standing on his team hunts down and chainsaws the remaining three men on the other team.
If I've gone that far I'd have to include BF1942 as well, if there is two teams playing very seriously sitting back and watching is incredible. It's like a war movie. "Hero" the old movie filmed within the engine, theres a word for this, mechinama? mechina? something? was quite a good short film.
Except that there are no lives on the line, almost no human interest sections, gears and bf1942 can be beautiful, and raise an emotional response like sports can.
System Shock 2 is the only game to transcend the trappings of the industry. And it does it through the emotion of fear, which is kinda hilarious.
my 2 cents.