Fox News debates government funding for artistic games

Are video games art? Thank you, please stop asking. Should the question of "are video games art" be debated on Fox News by shiny middle-aged white dudes hollering confusedly about "taxpayer money?" Now there's a proposition to make you wish that whole Rapture thing had panned out.

Above: "This? Art? But I can understand it and it doesn't make me angry!" – Fox News 

"Should the video game Call of Duty get federal funding?" is the question posed by this Fox News report, from which you'll probably conclude that nobody in the real world is suggesting that the video game Call of Duty should get federal funding. And you would be correct! The National Endowment for the Arts is adding non-profit artists and educators working in interactive media to the list of those eligible for arts-grant funding. Obviously, asking "Should this funding go to Call of Duty?" is like asking if, because NPR exists, Fox should get federal funding for journalism. (Oooh, fourth-estate burn!)

But Modern Warfare 2 is the game they've got footage of, so a debate about President Obama's use of your tax dollars ensues between Facts (represented by geek advocate Brian Ambrozy) and Yelling (professional shouter Neal Asbury). As an Americaphile living in New Zealand (not to mention writing for a website about video games), I've got no skin in the "Federal funding" game – but what do you think? Ignoring Fox News' idiocy, should the NEA fund games? Does this all just give you a headache?

May 23, 2011




  • Commander034 - May 25, 2011 11:59 p.m.

    @SparkleDevon Then hurry up and get out. If you don't want to live here there are billions of areas where you can live instead.
  • SparkleDevon - May 25, 2011 2:43 a.m.

    Yeah. Just watched this, and seriously, you can just tell how stupid so many people in America are. *facepalm* Time to move to Japan.
  • SparkleDevon - May 25, 2011 2:37 a.m.

    I think that games should be funded, but only games that actually improve someone's skills or lifestyle in some way. I don't think that Call of Duty qualifies; however, something like 'Art Academy' or whatever it's called for the DS should, because it actually teaches the fundamentals of art that often aren't taught until sometime in High School, if you take an art class. I think if they're going to fund games, they have to look at it realistically in the sense of what it does for the people who buy them, and what content the game has. Then again, we have other issues in the US, that definitely need to be focused on first, you know, because the game industry is doing fine as is, and those other issues definitely come first.
  • TheHowetzer - May 24, 2011 11:14 a.m.

    O lets not bring up spelling in this shall we? Is that really the best way you have to shoot down someones argument man? That they can't spell...really? Im surprised you didnt just call him a racist or something. Oh wait I better bust out my Websters and make sure I didn't misspell racist so my argument becomes invalid. I am not saying that I feel this Fox News story was completely legit in its arguments or views, but the simple fact that they can't even ask the question without being looked down upon is sad, and it really does not give me a good feeling about the fiscal future of this country. Is the world ending because of some indie game devs getting federal funding? Of course not, but just because we have somebody that will actually ask the questions and take a serious look at where our money is/might be going doesnt mean we should hate on them, sorry but that's part of whats gotten us into trouble already, so why keep doing it? But of course I forgot, why should we spend money on our countrys' defense when we could be spending more on video game development and food stamps, oh and unemployment benefits for people who just seem to have the terrible luck of not being able to find any work...for 3 years.
  • OtterPopAfterbirth - May 24, 2011 7:28 a.m.

    please stop feeding the Conservative_Gamer troll. a conservative that can't spell "subsudizes"? nice try. antista is that you?
  • OtterPopAfterbirth - May 24, 2011 7:17 a.m.

    highlights: Host: "should the videogame call of duty get federal funding? that's a question for the federal government" no, no its not. "president obama wants to raise my taxes to pay for videogames? Come on!" no, no he's not "does anyone really believe we should be borrowing 43 cents on every dollar to fund videogames? COME ON" no, no one believes that nor is that what is happening groan. yes we get it the NEA (.00001 penny per person) is pure evil socialism.
  • Kahuna707 - May 24, 2011 4:31 a.m.

    Slight mix-up. The game shown is Black Ops, not Modern Warfare 2.
  • keltar93 - May 24, 2011 1:26 a.m.

    I'm not sure I really like art grants anyway, so the loud yeller has some point, but he sounds too much like an idiot for me to take seriously.
  • EricBratcher - May 24, 2011 12:39 a.m.

    @Conservative Gamer - it's got nothing to do with being liberal or conservative (in fact, GR has writers all over the globe, many of whom don't give a crap about US politics). The fact is, we're all gamers first and Fox News does a lot of slanted, inaccurate coverage that casts the industry I love in a negative light. I will not tolerate that. If they fight fair and have honest, open discussions? Sure, let's talk. But if they lie and exaggerate and mislead, as this story does? Then it's our duty to call their bluff, even if it's my own mother up there talking to Glen Beck or whomever.
  • AttroPheed - May 24, 2011 12:25 a.m.

    I think as a grand experiment Activision should make the next CoD game for whatever grant money it can secure from the NEA and not a penny more. That'll squelch the haters!
  • ZiegZeon - May 24, 2011 12:09 a.m.

    @Conservative_Gamer, TheHowetzer, ThatGuyFromTV, joemoreheroes RTFA, it's for non-profits. Activision, E.A., etc will not be getting money from this. Fox News showing CoD and saying "Will this get your money?" is already at the point where it is no longer fair and balanced, as it is not even a part of the issue.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - May 24, 2011 12:03 a.m.

    I think it all depends on what game it is. If it's one like, say, Red Dead Redemption, Assassin's Creed, or Bioshock, I would say yes. If it's a game like Call of Duty, I would say no. Activision has enough money, they don't need the help.
  • shawksta - May 23, 2011 11:51 p.m.

    Fox News? Im gonna go away now...
  • Gob - May 23, 2011 11:18 p.m.

    Good, non-profit (prolly open-source) developers should get funding if other artists and filmakers do.
  • TyrannosaurusTexMex - May 23, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    @Conservative_Gamer I'm not American, but I think a little money here and there for indie developers probably won't affect the budget or the industry too much. And in terms of the deficit, if they really wanted to get it under control, they would cut their ridiculous defence budget, no one needs to spend trillions of dollars every year on defence, this isn't the cold war any more. But whatever, just my two cents.
  • joemoreheroes - May 23, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    A pointless news story. What about it? Mainstream media these days is filled with pointless stories out the ass. I know this specific one pertains to gaming, but it just seems like an excuse for a writer to complain about the bad guy network that he doesn't like. This entire thing is really pointless and proves that gamers like to whine about nothing. Media including fox complains about games. In this case they are not complaining about games, but the funding. A step up. Get over it.
  • SadFace - May 23, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    I never tire of Fox News and its sillies.
  • Ilyere - May 23, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    When games are involved in news, it's because it's a slow news day... When will there be a time where there's a proper news story on games?
  • TheRandomFool - May 23, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    They really need to be able to admit that they are having a slow news day. Honestly, when that happens all kinds of crap that makes FOX look like retards comes out.
  • Gameguy94 - May 23, 2011 9:19 p.m.

    Fox will bitch about anything. Its better if we just ignore them.

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