shovelerKristine Ploug, editor of net-art webzine has put together a beginner's guide to Art Games, the first in a promised series covering the specific subset of computer games. Her criteria? "They are made by artists as pieces of art. Some have ulterior motives, mainly political, others are merely a playful piece of interaction with the user.

"What makes them art and not just games? For some, the fact that they were made as art, for others the fact that they are exhibited as art - it can all be boiled down to the intention behind them, originating from either the curator or the artist."

Accompanying the intro is a well selected short-list of essential recommendations for the newcomer, ranging from the abstract, to the political, to classic net-glitch fun. [via w-m-m-n-a]