Just to hammer the point home from a post I made a few weeks ago, I wanted to link this piece from the Economist that a coworker sent me on the viability of video games as a new art form.
My favorite point that the author makes: All we have to do is wait for the video game critics to die, then we gamers will finally be respected.
Edit: My boy from Next Generation has posted this little tidbit. It appears that the legal system is also on my side.
Edit again: That tidbit link should work now.