It was branded as art from the get-go, so everybody had to like it regardless of its shoddy controls and framerate. Naturally, its improved re-releases had to be admired as well.
My favorite anecdote concerns a German video game magazine that gave the original release a rather generous score (77/100) despite the reviewers not being convinced that they were playing a good game, then years later they elevated SotC to one of the most important releases of the decade, likely due to peer pressure and a desire to fit in with everyone else.
If you are looking for games as art, then maybe this is something you'll like. The same holds true for everything else that is commonly said to be art.
EDIT: Added paragraphs. Quick Reply still not fixed.Last edited by RolStoppable - on 01 February 2018