Posted by Caitlyn Muncy on May 9, 2011

Games Are Officially Recognized As Art By The US Government

That’s right people; video games are finally recognized as an art by the US government. The NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) is a US government organization that basically helps to fund all those starving artists out there. Last week, they opened their arms to satellite and Internet based media, and best of all, interactive media. Here is the official statement from the NEA:

Projects may include high profile multi-part or single television and radio programs (documentaries and dramatic narratives); media created for theatrical release; performance programs; artistic segments for use within an existing series; multi-part webisodes; installations; and interactive games. Short films, five minutes and under, will be considered in packages of three or more. (Emphasis ours)

Now you have to understand that pretty much all the games that come from this aren’t going to be bloody, violent explosion games. (The concept for most popular games today) Realize also that you can usually only get grants of up to $200k from the NEA and that is in no way shape or form going to make something as cool as Portal or Black Ops. These games will have to be an enhancement to society, which will pretty much knock out a lot of interest from a good majority of gamers. Regardless, it’s pretty neat that games are going to be recognized as art, and hopefully this will lead to bigger and better things for the gaming world in the future.


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