Legendary film critic Roger Ebert has passed away at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer.
A few days back, I posted a video essay asserting the merits of an obscure adventure game called Cosmology of Kyoto, a game that film critic Roger Ebert reviewed for Wired in 1994.
Ever since he typed the words "Games are not art", Roger Ebert has been vilified by the video game community. But here's something you might not know about him: He once reviewed a video game and loved it.
In the video above, I break down The Cosmology of Kyoto, one of two games that gaming's most notorious critic…
I love the movie Clue. I've seen it over a dozen times. I can quote whole sections verbatim, and any time I feel annoyed by someone, I suffer from flames on the side of my face and heaving breaths. The board game is great, but the movie will always be the Clue that has my heart.
Roger Ebert is a very smart man and a very sharp and entertaining writer who just happens to think very, very poorly of video games.
While famed film critic Roger Ebert says he still hasn't changed his mind about video games, and his view that they can't be art, he recently pointed his nearly 400,000-strong Twitter followomg to what he called a "well-written defense of video games" by musician Blake Williams. Here is the article, with permission,…
This past April, film critic Roger Ebert wrote a post called "Video games can never be art" that carried dogmatic statements like this:
Roger Ebert did a brave thing today, a terrible thing today: He admitted that he was wrong and said he has no plans on rectifying that.
"I was a fool for mentioning video games in the first place," writes the famed movie critic. "I would never express an opinion on a movie I hadn't seen."
Did you know Samoa Joe is an excellent pro wrestler? He is. But if that doesn't win you over, perhaps his recent Tweets about video games will. Spoiler: He doesn't side with Roger Ebert in the games-as-art debate.
Kellee Santiago, the game developer whose recent talk about games and art was critiqued by Roger Ebert, is ready to move on. But first, she has an argument to defend and an offer to make.
Dear Mr. Ebert,
The Chicago Sun-Times film critic has finally revisited his old contention that games can never be art, to defend it "in principle," and to dispute about that which cannot be disputed.
Respected film critic Roger Ebert may still be on the wrong side of the games-as-art debate, but he's slowly coming around, conceding that games are getting better, though he'd rather be knitting.