Gamers and artists alike will be kissing the feet of those in charge of programs at the NYU Game Center since they have just introduced a video game design degree. A very exclusive program, it may only except 20 students at a time, but it is guaranteed to attract a hundred times that or even more. One reason why graduating with a video game design degree would be so covetable is that part of the program involves Play Labs, which allows students to 'critically play' games.
Although video game design degrees don't sound like something new as technology-focused colleges offer such programs, NYU is one of the first liberal arts-leaning schools to do so. Fast Co Design writes, "It signals a shift in mainstream attitudes towards gaming, as the ivory towers of the academic world are beginning to recognize the artistry and innovation that goes into creating these virtual realities."