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UK festival GameCity asks "What’s the point of videogames?," struggles to reach a definitive answer.

A panel of politicians, cultural commentators, industry figures and (non-gaming) journalists discussed “What’s the point of videogames?” for just over an hour at London’s British Film Institute (BFI) on Wednesday evening. Such an open question might have relegated the debate itself topointlessness, and while it was fairly inconsequential, a few interesting points were made. The event was to promote the 2012 GameCity Prize awarded, at the GameCity festival in Nottingham, to a game that ‘demonstrates what’s brilliant and interesting’ about the form. Minecraft won last year. The prize sees itself as the videogame equivalent of major awards in otherarts-the Turner,…