Now that you know the answer to the question "Do I think videogames should be considered art", lets focus on "Do I think videogames will be considered art in the near future?". I can see that happening, as more and more TV reports focus on games, systems and how they're selling more and more these days. With many, many millions of people owning videogame systems, a large part of our society can finally see games for what they are. The little kids that played the NES have grown up, they're grown-ups now and they haven't grown out of the 'videogame stage', so games are getting more realistic, articulate and more dark and gloomy. If you ask me, it won't be long before there's an academy awards type show for videogames. BUT, there is one problem I see with games finally getting the recognition they deserve. Most of the credit is going to Sony and it's PSX and PS2 systems. Now, when games become big business, you will be forever damned to hear how it was the PSX that changed the face of games. I don't think this is true, the PSX wouldn't even BE HERE if it weren't for the NES, which saved the entire industry from collapse in the mid-80's. The games from this era may be forgotten forever in the annals of time. How many movies do you see from before 1920? Not many. The PSX and PS2 deserve only minimal credit beside the NES and SNES, but we all know that won't happen.
* the early 1970's is considered by most people as the time when videogames first took off, so I refer to it as the begining of the industry.