I'm hesitant to even bring this up, because I find the "are games art?" debate useless at best, but Eric Zimmerman makes a good case for how it's a more damaging fixation than a purely tiresome and annoying one. "Obsession with the question 'are games art?' is a form of cultural necrophilia," he argues, suggesting that the popular enshrinement of the term "art" damages art itself, as well as our ability to properly consume and appreciate it.
It's sort of hyperbolic and ridiculous to call cultural criticism of any form "necrophilia", sure. But it's also one of the better metaphors for how far into the ground this debate has been driven at this point. One passage that I found particularly persuasive: