ART OF GOLD
Back in 2002, Harvey and Samyn lobbied hard for games to be accepted by the Belgian Ministry Of Culture as cultural productions. “We presented our first game prototypes, and explained what we were trying to do and how it differed from what they thought games were,” Harvey says. The pair’s argument was convincing enough to earn them their first arts funding, though a decade or so later a cruel twist of fate only rubs in how attitudes to games-as-culture have changed. While there’s a dedicated fund for games now, Samyn explains, the criteria for funding has changed. “Our games are not game-like enough!” he laughs.