The 'open minded' got that way by letting their brains fall out (or, more frequently, by not being born with any to begin with). Some things are obvious enough to be axiomatic, and need no further discussion, debate or 'evidence' to affirm their truth-value.
It should be obvious then to say that god exists therefore we shouldn't question ourselves.
What it is obvious? Games aren't art? Just because you don't like some of them? I don't like pop music, but I still consider music as art. Seems to me is a good example. And open minded means to me being able to see beyond your own ego. maybe you'll eventually realize you are the one that should go listen Reload. I bet you even own the album, heh.
I stated about the paradox of using technology (video games) as a medium to show how important nature is. Which actually worked (at least in Japan)
Don't forget video games are quite a new artistic medium that haven't been fully developed yet.
Maybe, if you would be as intelligent as you say, you would take the time to analyze what it's been said about and what it is about rather than getting rushed up conclusions.
A great novel you said? how many books are worthless? And how many classical pieces are simply meaningless? So basically what you are saying is book = always art, classical music = always art?. And everything after that is simply dog's piss, no? If most people thinks like you, the new artistic mediums that got a lot of potential will turn more and more into money making machines.
And concerning the 'shitloads' of work... I invite you to come see me working one day, when, while you are working a 40 hours shift I'll be doing 80. Just to finish my 'artistic' work. It requires a lot of work, and a lot of technical and artistic knowledge (Architecture, physics, mathematics, anatomy, litterature, etc) to come up with good games.