"What does this mean?" you might be asking yourself. (and I have no idea)
All I know is that last week The National Endowment for the Arts legally changed their definition of art.
The change will be beginning in 2012; stating:
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.
Now you guys probably have another question on your mind, "what the heck is The National Endowment for the Arts?"
And I will answer said question by quoting the greatest source of all information, (Wikipedia)
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent agency of the United States federal government that offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence; the NEA is "dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education"
So, what all of these quotes mean is...
Video Games are now legally considered an art form by the government. (suck it Ebert)
"And what will happen to video games and the gaming community as a whole?" you ask. (boy, you are just full of questions today aren't you)
Now, no one is quite sure what exactly will happen, due to this change, come 2012, (you say apocalypse) but I say, since the NEA awards financial grants to artist and/or creative projects, we might be seeing a lot more independent game developers coming into the market. And with indie games sweeping away the competition lately, it might be interesting to see what people will be able to do with a little bit of extra money.
Well, to any and all who are reading this (which is probably no one) stay tuned, comment, criticize, and all that other good stuff.