The chills. Goosebumps. Teary-eyed. These are all things some may experience when they hear a great song, or watch a great movie. Both those mediums are considered art forms and a certain scene in the Witcher 3 calls front and center as to why video games should be recognized as an art form as well.
We encounter this scene in CD Projekt Red’s newest title when Geralt and Zoltan stop in to hear Priscilla sing. She preforms the song ‘The Wolven Storm’ and from the moment she started playing, the developers show why video games are in fact a beautiful art form.
It takes something special to feel real emotions when you’re just staring at pixels in the shape of humans, but as the townspeople cried and got emotional, I felt empathy for them as Priscilla’s singing had brought me to an emotional state as well.
Now I can’t say if this is the most beautiful moment in gaming history, only time away from The Witcher 3 will prove that, but it is clearly making its case.
The music, the lyrics, the tone, the camera work, all of it was just perfect. They all culminate to create something that should be held up and praised. Yes it is something to create a great video game, but to create something that shows that video games are a viable art form is a feat in and of itself.
This is a moment that I want to show people who don’t play video games and show them how far our medium has come. I don’t mean to come off as a prisoner of the moment, but when a piece of art moves myself in a way that this scene from The Witcher 3 did, it needs to be credited as such.
I hope that my fellow gamers will look at this song and this scene with as much reverence as I am. This sort of thing only works toward people on the outside respecting video games as a true medium of art and if that doesn’t make it one of the most beautiful moments in gaming, I sure as hell don’t know what will.
The scene is such a simple one. Just a lone girl singing and playing a song, yet the emotions it conjured up in me are much more than that. I tip my hat to the folks at CD Projekt Red and thank them for this experience. It’s not every day that video game emotionally moves you.