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The US federal government, by way of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), now considers video games a form of art, making a true step toward recognition for the oft under-recognized form.

The NEA is a program under the federal government which has the mission of deciding which grand artistic projects are worthy of receiving Federal funding. Artists around the country can submit applications to the agency for works which will enhance the public good. It allows artists who are creating outside of the commercial art world to work and live, through grants of up to $200k; artists who otherwise would have to either enter the profit-centered world of commercial art, or stop creating (or starve, I suppose).

http://gaming.icrontic.com/article/nea-video-games-are-an-art-form/
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Bull crap. The 50yo hippies that run the NEA just want to start handing out $250,000 grants to their kids so they can move out of the basement and still play WoW 16 hours a day.
Edited by dave12 - 5/8/11 at 3:28pm
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It allows artists who are creating outside of the commercial art world to work and live

But it is commercial.

EDIT: Unless it's freeware... guess that's a loophole.
Edited by Marin - 5/8/11 at 3:06pm
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Originally Posted by dave12;13432340 
Bull crap. The 50yo hippies the run the NEA just want to start handing out $250,000 grants to their kids so they can move out of the basement and still play WoW 16 hours a day.

Yes, that is probably the exact scenario.
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I think video games CAN be art but for the most part aren't.
    
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Aspects of the creation of it are art. Like entertainment design.
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Good. Video games are a form of art and expressionism.
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Why is everybody so stuck-up by trying to get games recognised as art?
Does it really change all the negative views of people towards games and those that contain mature content?

Perhaps I missed the whole argument, but I just don't see the point of games being recognised as art -- they're still what they are: a form of excellent entertainment, art or no art I still enjoy them -- thoroughly.
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Originally Posted by Marin;13432418 
But it is commercial.

EDIT: Unless it's freeware... guess that's a loophole.

I would assume they are referring to 'commercial art' as 'making art for art sake'. So when they say it isn't commercial art, the work isn't being sold as a final 'art' project.

If people can't see the thought that artistically goes into some video games, they probably just don't know what they are looking for. One of Portal 2's biggest draws is the art style (also Team Fortress 2), the presentation, and even the pacing.
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post #10 of 12
Do people really still talk about this subject? Showering is in art form now. Discuss.
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