I remember when Super Mario Bros. was considered cutting edge electronic art.
Some of the artwork that goes into video games these days is phenomenal; I know several gamers who will upgrade their computers specifically so they can see the highest resolution of a game possible. I’m glad to see that the National Endowment for the Arts is embracing that media as well:
Artists in fields like photography, dance, theater, literature, painting and sculpture have been seeking funds from the NEA for many years. But the NEA has now expanded the eligibility pool to include people doing interesting things with video games, mobile applications and websites. Applicants need to be affiliated with a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization and violent games won’t be considered.
It’s not likely you’ll be seeing games like “L.A. Noire” [editor’s note: also a cool combination of storytelling through technology] or the latest Madden getting a whole lot of funding out of the NEA. Violent games aren’t going to be considered, for one thing, and it’s not like the companies making those games really need grant money.
The only trick is, I don’t know of many 501c3 video game companies. Some schools might qualify, which would be great for game design students. Are there non-schools out there that qualify? Do you think some will start up knowing they are now being recognized by the NEA? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
- National Endowment For The Arts Announces 2011 Grants, Provides New Guidelines For Media Art (huffingtonpost.com)
- It’s Official: Video Games Are Art (fastcompany.com)
- US government now funds video games… if they’re “art” (arstechnica.com)
- Video games are ‘art’ eligible for your tax dollars (news.cnet.com)