Paris, March 21st (Wired). “First there were the 19th-century impressionist painters. Then came the existentialists and Le Nouvelle Vague filmmakers. Now, 21st-century video-gamemakers represent the latest artistic genre deemed worthy of state patronage and support, the French government says. Earlier this month, French Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres inducted three game designers into the prestigious Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Literature) as chevaliers, or knights: Peter Molyneux (Populous and Black & White), Eric Viennot (Missing) and Antoine Villette (Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare). And at the beginning of this month, France signed into law generous tax breaks for video games made on French soil.” Story continues here…