As Crikey reported yesterday, the video game industry has been fairly poorly treated by the government. It once was able to get grants from the Australia Council for video game development, but Attorney-General George Brandis raided the Australia Council’s millions of dollars in cash and gave it to a new ministerial-approval-required Catalyst fund. No luck for the industry with this new fund because the guidelines for Catalyst funding specifically state that video games cannot be funded. However, we noticed one strange recipient for $125,000 in funding for a museum about cars in video games. So as long as it’s not funding video games directly, it’s OK, right …?

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