The controversial debate of whether video games can or cannot be art may very well be over, at least on paper. According to a report from Forbes, the National Endowment for the Arts will be reclassifying the definition for art to include video games come 2012.
"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."
This opens up a few avenues for sprouting developers, especially in the indie scene, where devs will be able to apply for government grants up to $200,000 like any other artist/art group.
So there you have it. Games are legally considered an art form in America.