Yes, the debate is over. The United States' government officially recognises videogames as an art-form, and as such can apply for funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. And now, when our better halves or parents ask us what we're doing at three in the morning, we have a better excuse. "Art, dear". Sadly, this recognition doesn't extend to our shores, where benefits or funding support for the videogame industry is still in dire need of reform.
But for developers in the United States, it's yet another financial incentive and is sure to prompt another big boom in jobs. The Arts on Radio and Television funding category is accordingly being renamed The Arts in Media to reflect the added incentive in including interactive digital media. While the debate as to whether videogames are, in fact, an art form or not will continue to rage, it's nice to see politicians - who aren't often on our side - have our backs. [Eurogamer]