The money thing doesn't work that way though.
Ahaha. Sure it does. Do you really think the NEA won't be requesting larger amounts of funding now that they've added gaming into their repertoire? I may love gaming, but not enough that I think federal funding should go towards it. The very idea that some indie developer could get a $200,000 grant to make some Angry Birds derivative bothers me. There's government waste going on all the time, but I don't care for adding more onto the pile.
As far a preservation, that's just short term, who knows what the state of games will be years from now but federal grants have played a huge part in keeping various pieces of art alive. Video games are special because of the digital format, but again, who knows the state of things to come in the future.
Old games aren't going anywhere, period. Federal grants play a part in keeping various pieces of art alive because it's physical
. That stuff requires upkeep to maintain it due to decay and what-not. Digital media can be copied, duplicated, and spread across the globe in seconds
. Hell, I can download AOL Instant Messenger 1.0 released in 1997 right now if I so desired. Why would anyone bother archiving that? Nevertheless, it's being done... and in multiple places.