What was that Mr Ebert?

In 2005, Roger Ebert upset gamers the world over, and in the process, might have showed his age, when he said “video games can never be art”.

Well, that’s not what our never incorrect government seems to think. The National Endowment for the Arts has replaced its “The Arts on Radio and Television” guidelines with “The Arts in Media”, which is nicely explained by Alyce Myatt, the Director of Media Arts for the NEA: http://arts.endow.gov/grants/apply/AIM-presentation.html

In the video she describes the newly expanded category eligible for grants, which are stated in the article to now include “All available media platforms such as the Internet, interactive and mobile technologies, digital games, arts content delivered via satellite, as well as on radio and television.”

I’m going to leave you with a video you may or may not have seen, but is most definitely worth watching again if you have. Thanks to Big Mike for posting this on facebook.

Yeah, “digital games” means “video games”.

Does this mean that all art galleries will now be converted to 1980′s style arcades? Yes, yes it will. I imagine it like the beginning of Tron: Legacy What was that Mr Ebert? where he walks into the dusty room, cabinets covered in plastic, bumps into the jukebox and “Seperate Ways” by Journey What was that Mr Ebert? starts blasting throughout the complex. Boss.

Backinbusiness1 What was that Mr Ebert?

The new art snobs.

In all seriousness I am very glad to see this kind of recognition, look at games like Heavy Rain What was that Mr Ebert?, Red Dead Redemption What was that Mr Ebert?, or LEISURE SUIT LARRY What was that Mr Ebert? and tell me they aren’t as worthy as being considered art as Bangkok Dangerous  What was that Mr Ebert? because one takes interaction and the other takes a dump on your life for watching it.

I’m going to leave you with an awesomely narrated video concerning the badass honey badger. Thanks to Big Mike for posting this on facebook.

The honey badger don’t give a shit. But you should.