As far as I'm concerned the 'are video games art' conversation is about flaccid as it gets, and I have no intention of engaging with it, but the Smithsonian American Art Museum is currently running an exhibition titled 'The Art of Video Games'. Just sayin'.
Museums displaying video games as art is hardly a new thing, but apparently 'The Art of Video Games' is the first gaming exhibition to ever be shown in a major American Museum, and apparently it has become so overwhelmingly popular that the show is going on the road to ten other museums throughout the US.
"You could say video games are a great grassroots expression of culture and in some cases art in our democracy," said Betsy Broun, Director of the Smithsonian. "I guess what surprised me was just the sort of joyful excitement in the games.
"One time a single game was offered for sale and sold six million copies in one day; you know. that's more people than go to the Met in a year. So when you begin to understand how pervasive it is, I guess the bigger question is, why did we wait so long?"
Also, if you have time, I thoroughly recommend heading to the Smithsonian's YouTube page, which features interviews with Henry Jenkins and Ken Levine among others.
The art of video games [CBS]