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Allez la France! Video Games: Officially Art, In Europe
The French government and European Commission have agreed in principle to fund tax credits for video games, due to their cultural importance
But, behind the financial and political issues which, after all, only truly concern the professionals. (Here's an example -- next to France, should other European countries have access to tax credits?)
What really matters for everybody related to video games is that, in Europe, starting now, video game has the official stature of a "cultural activity" -- a cultural expression where art and artists are attached to video games as they are to music and movies.
Suddenly the French government agrees with us -- video games are nothing to be ashamed of working on, or playing with.
Now I'm not necessarily looking to stir up the regular, heated debate on games as art, where people list games that they consider to be pretty-looking, and others say they can't be art. If we can be civil about it, then I guess that's a valid discussion to have, but it rarely ends well.
What I do really like here though, is that games are getting some cultural recognition, which should hopefully make them both more credible alongside other forms of media, as well as hopefully allowing developers to be creative with their storytelling, without the fear of heavy-handed censorship that wouldn't necessarily be applied to other mediums.