US opens arts funding to videogames

The US National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has added videogames to its list of artistic projects eligible to receive federal funding. Starting now, potential developers can apply for grants of up to $200,000 dollars provided they use the money to create a game for non-financial gains, and they avoid rehashing the “videogames as art” debate every damn time they're invited to hang out.

Recently, the NEA revealed it had renamed its old Arts on Radio and Television category to The Arts in Media – making grants that were once exclusive television, film and radio pursuits open to interactive technologies, as well as satellite and internet media.

The specific qualifications for the grant read:

Projects may include high profile multi-part or single television and radio programs (documentaries and dramatic narratives); media created for theatrical release; performance programs; artistic segments for use within an existing series; multi-part webisodes; installations; and interactive games. Short films, five minutes and under, will be considered in packages of three or more.

To be clear: this is free money to develop free games that are of legitimate value to society. We're talking about games that train kids avoid landmines or war simulations that help soldiers get some shut-eye, not games that revolve around tossing birds at pigs or ones that revel in dick jokes (even though they may have a degree of artistic merit themselves). Those who dream of developing the latter should probably stick to pursuing the normal avenues for entering the game biz (i.e. hoping, praying, blackmail, bribery, etc.), while anyone who feels their ideas are noble enough to deserve federal funding for 2012 have until September 1st, 2011, to apply for a grant.

[Source: Icrontic]

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  • Spybreak8 - May 11, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    Well that's ... interesting.
  • MancisFrorkYorgan - May 10, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    @BigKingBud I'm not even a resident of the United States and I've only set foot in the country twice, but even I can see how ridiculous your argument is. Douchebags aside, I'm glad to see that video games are finally gaining recognition as an official art form.
  • ventanger - May 10, 2011 5:02 a.m.

    I'll vote for an amendment guaranteeing separation between video games and state. Tax issues aside, the government shouldn't be in the position to get paid to choose which video game developer they want to give money to. And stop being a dick to Bud, it's actually a very reasonable question to ask.
  • brickman409 - May 9, 2011 11:59 p.m.

    I agree with BigKingBud its BS the goverment gives a crapload of money to fund any art during a time like this. honestly what possible economic good could come out of funding something thats for "non financial gain". i get education you need that for thriving economy but what the hell is the point of funding art?
  • Gameguy94 - May 9, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    Cool, it'd be interesting to see where this goes.
  • D0CCON - May 9, 2011 11:42 p.m.

    So that ends the games are art debate, right? If an organization with the word arts in the name adds games to the list of artistic projects, it's settled. Oh, and apparently it's BigKingBud's time of the month again.
  • twewy13 - May 9, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    video games are finally accepted as art!? could it be!? @bud:i bet ur angry that they're putting tax money into education too...
  • kingsmikefan - May 9, 2011 11:17 p.m.

    Bud, what the fuck are you doing here if you're gonna be an idiot

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