I don't know if any of you guys have seen this already but,
Graphics vs Aesthetics
It's an interesting take on good technical rendering is a tool not the goal in (videogame) art XD
Wow, that was a well thought out, well-put argument. Thoroughly enjoyed it. As an artist I can totally understand the aesthetics side, and I think that's what makes me subconsciously want to play games like LA Noire and Mass Effect over Medal of Honor and Call of Duty.