Thursday, July 1, 2010

"Video games can never be art."

Source: Gizmodo

Those words launched a tirade of criticism, and you may be surprised who uttered them. Or you may recall the esteemed Roger Ebert (I mean that in all sincerity, the dude was the first film critic that received a Pulitzer!) refusing to believe that video games can ever be a legitimate art form.

Whether you agree or disagree with that statement you should know Ebert has just recently come out with an 1,800 word pseudo-apology. Right in the first paragraph he states "I still believe this, but I should never have said so" which is somewhat counter intuitive for a critic to admit.

But since uttering those infamous words gamers have not let him hear the end of it, and he felt it was worth rehashing after watching a TED speech given by video game designer and producer Kellee Santiago that argues against Ebert that video games are, in fact, a legitimate art form.

Ebert's passion for films is indisputable and has always been one of my most trusted sources for film reviews and criticisms, but I have to agree with Santiago on this one. Video games are art, they just happen to be a little more entertaining than a painting.

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