The "video games as art" movement just got a huge boost today, thanks to an announcement that Rockstar Games' upcoming open-world title 'L.A. Noire' has been chosen as an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Today's reveal -- made in a press release from Rockstar's parent company, Take-Two Interactive -- marks the first time a video game has been a featured selection at the prestigious film fest. Somewhere in Chicago, film critic and "video games are not art" proponent Roger Ebert is shaking his fist at the sky in anger.

The news is not only a big deal for gaming advocates who've long argued that interactive entertainment is more than something for children, but also for Rockstar, the distributor behind the wildly popular -- and often much maligned -- 'Grand Theft Auto' games. Naturally, Rockstar founder Sam Houser is pleased. "We're thrilled that 'L.A. Noire' is being recognized by the Tribeca Film Festival in this way. It's a real honor, and another step forward for interactive entertainment."

Jump past the break for more details and a look at 'L.A. Noire's' trailer.
categories Cinematical, Festivals