Games Are Now Officially Recognized As Art By The US Government

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Here’s a nice little talking point for your dinner parties and bar chatter tonight: the National Endowment for the Arts has changed its “Arts On Radio And Television” category to a broader “Arts In Media,” adding web-based video (as opposed to broadcast) and “interactive games” as potential platforms for grants. That means that the feds officially consider games as art worthy of potential funding. Huzzah!

While there are still precious few games that qualify as “high” art, and the debate over violence, ratings, etc will continue, this is an important symbolic step in gaming history.

[via Icrontic and The Escapist]