I must admit, I am a bit of a “gaymer.” I own a Playstation 3, know who Adam Sessler is, and can explain why the Wii’s technology is actually only popular, not technologically advanced. Like many in the gaming community, I was rather upset with Roger Ebert’s declaration back in April that “Videogames can never be art.”
Ebert has expressed this sentiment multiple times before, but with the internet culture we live in today, it went viral this time leading to an astounding 4500 negative comments on his Sun-Times blog post. Despite what you might think, the controversy was not necessarily in what he said. The controversy was whether he, as a film critic who has never played a video game, has the right to make such a declaration, and more specifically that it can “NEVER” be art.
Geeks be praised, he has apologized. On July 1st, 2010 he penned a lengthy apology titled “Ok kids, play on my lawn” that he posted to his blog. As he mentions in his blog, him making such a declaration without having ever experienced a video game is akin to “reviewing a film he has not seen” and that “never is a long, long time.”
What do you think?
How do you feel about video games? Are they, or can they ever be “art?”
Should Ebert have apologized for his original post?