Roger Ebert might disagree, but the US government has finally recognized video games as art.
Video games have officially become eligible for federal artistic funding. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has updated its 2012 radio and television guidelines to include wider forms of digital media, including video games.
The new Arts in Media guidelines (formerly the Arts on Radio and Television guidelines) makes “all available media platforms such as the internet, interactive and mobile technologies, digital games, arts content delivered via satellite, as well as on radio and television” eligible for grants and funding from the US Government.
These new guidelines means that video game developers can now apply for federal funding.
So there you have it. It has been decided. Video games ARE art. I personally approve wholeheartedly.