Well maybe not to some people, but as you said art is subjective. It's a universal law about art, meaning that whether or not we are disgusted by a murder some people might actually consider it art.
The way a murder was committed, the plans and resources and ingenuity used in it might indeed be an art form for some, whereas for others it would probably be considered wrong to call it art. There is an art of killing, for those who seek to recognize it.
The art of drugs could come from the ways the drugs affects the people that come in contact with it. Perhaps it's potency, effects and side-effects or lack of could be considered art by some people.
Same goes for... uhm, the little rubber and plastic devices...
But we're going in circles about the same thing. Art is subjective to whatever malevolent or benevolent mind perceives it.
Also this post is subjective, perceive it as you will
[Edited by AdmiralAckbar, 6/22/2010 10:57:10 AM]
Not sure how GTA or even Mass effect could be considered art. All GTA games are riddled with cliches almost to the point of parody and like Mass Effect, its trying to emulate film to such a degree that in the case of Mass effect at least, they almost become interactive movies.
So if anything you are kind of hinting that games need to imitate movies to be considered art at all.
I honestly don't think their are many western games that could be considered art as they all stick to a tried and tested formulas without ever trying to break the mold.
I personally think a lot of Japanese games could be considered art because of the amount of imagination that goes into them. Games like Zelda, Okami, Shadow Of the Colossus, some of the early FF games maybe.. A lot of the niche games certainly seem to be Japanese form what I can tell.
The creation of music, graphics, sounds, story, effects, all these of themselves are art forms. Whether when put together they become a superior art form is another thing entirely, but since the pieces are art, the whole can be commonly said to be art as well.